by Patti Armstrong, October 13, 2020, National Catholic Register
Can you be harmed by a curse placed on you? The answer could depend on whether you are in a state of grace, according to Father Theophilus (not his real name), an exorcist in the Mountain West who spoke with the Register about the importance of spiritual protection. Without grace, according to him, a person is largely defenseless against any sort of spell.
He shared a story of a man suffering from a fortuna. A fortuna in voodoo witchcraft is a spell to give someone good fortune.
“A woman infatuated with a man can ask for a love curse to be put on him so that he will become infatuated with her,” Father Theophilus explained. The man who came to Father Theophilus for help was suffering from a sudden obsession with a woman at work. “The woman received the cursed stuff and made a cake out of it, brought it to him on his birthday, he ate it, and he was suddenly obsessed with thoughts of adultery with her. The man had never found the co-worker attractive and had not even noticed her before. It started on his birthday, after she had brought him some cake. He loved his wife but had suddenly become obsessed with that woman.”
Father Theophilus helped the man by working with him to develop a strong prayer life and get back to church and the sacraments to avail himself of God’s grace.
“In the state of grace, we have spiritual immunity,” he said. He also recommended sacramentals such as holy water and blessed objects that move us towards grace. “There are so many curses that bounce off you because your Catholic immune system is strong,” Father Theophilus said. “This man was not strong; he had nothing to check the curse at the door.” Father Theophilus said that with lives focused on God, we can be confident of his protection.
Who is at Risk?
Anyone not in a state of grace is at risk. A dramatic example is a curse placed on a Gary, Indiana, woman that drew international attention several years ago when bizarre supernatural occurrences plagued her family — some of it witnessed and documented by people in the medical and law enforcement community. It began after an ex-boyfriend put a curse on her.
The culture’s move away from faith and church, with a parallel move into the occult, is a dangerous combination, creating a spiritual vulnerability for those not in a relationship with God. Pagans, the leading group being Wiccans, now outnumber Presbyterians and have been fueled by celebrity practitioners. For instance, Tom Brady made public last year that his wife engages in witchcraft on his behalf.
Although some branches of Wicca claim they do not cast harmful spells, “harmful” is a relative word. Consider that witches around the country called for a hex to be placed on President Trump in 2017 and another call went out in 2018 to place a curse on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. In both cases, there was a huge prayer response to counteract the evil that witches considered good. This is not to say that occult practitioners can control the world with their spells, but it points to the existence of supernatural spiritual warfare.
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