Easy. Once a person becomes familiar with the demonic powers, the answer to this question becomes a “no-brainer.”
But before I get into that, in the interest of full disclosure, I once frequented psychics – one in particular – who told me all kinds of things about myself that I thought no one else knew. And because of that, I invested quite a bit of cash in her career. At the time, I was not practicing my faith and was a frequent customer in New Age shops around town which is where I was gathering my knowledge about the spiritual realm. Authentic Church documents, testimonies from exorcists, or other official sources just weren’t on my radar. Instead, I was gleaning my information from the purveyors of the crystals, stones, astrological charts, and books I was buying who told me exactly what I needed to hear in order to buy both their product and their belief system.
For this reason, when I read an article in the New York Times last week that featured people who became believers after a psychic made amazing revelations about them, I wasn’t the least bit surprised.
For example, a psychic medium was hosting a group reading when she approached one of the participants and told her that her mother, who was deceased, wanted to give her advice about how to redecorate a room. The recipient of this message was astonished because she was in the process of redoing her home and some of the details the psychic provided were right on the mark.
“How would she possibly know that? I’m a believer now,” the woman exclaimed.
Another woman, who commented on the article, wrote: “I went to my first psychic determined to prove her for the fraud that she was. Until she told me everything that I had written the night before in an application, verbatim. And she told me exactly what I did for a living, which was the intersection of 3 fields, that she could not have guessed. Someday I'll learn the nature of the world that enables people to see what others can't. And I'd love to learn.”
As amazing as these revelations might sound, they’re not in the least bit mysterious to anyone who understands what kind of power Satan has and how he uses it.
For example, we know from Scripture and Tradition that Satan is an angel – which is a preternatural being. St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the most brilliant thinkers in the history of our race, was given the greatest amount of information from God about the angels. He tells us that one of the angels most outstanding traits is their exalted knowledge and intelligence. They are often referred to by theologians as “minds” or “intellectual beings”.
They have such a penetrating intelligence that they are able to understand an entire field of science in one glance. In his book, The Unseen World, Cardinal Lepicier explains that this one glance can take in a whole field of science the way our glance can take in a view of nice scenery.
What we have to learn in increments, they know instantly. For example, when they look at a body, they instantly know everything about it down to the DNA.
It goes without saying that a being possessed of these abilities – and many other fantastic qualities that are not necessarily germane to this blog – is completely capable of knowing how a woman was redecorating her house or what information another was putting on a job application. For a demon, this is nothing short of a cakewalk, as is relaying this information to a gullible psychic who has already opened his or herself to his influence.
The moral of this story is that some psychics do indeed have the power to know intimate and otherwise unknowable facts about the lives of strangers, but where they get that information is something that should alarm the discerning Christian.
As for me, who learned this lesson the hard way, I couldn’t help but chuckle at one particularly clever comment left at the end of the Times article.
“A few years ago walking down Robson St. in Vancouver BC , I was stopped by a Fortune Teller and asked ‘Do you want a card reading?’ I replied ‘How come you don't already know my answer?’"
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