Saturday, June 18, 2011

Invisible force propelled him through the air

A Catholic teen boy yesterday night on the Yahoo Groups Religion and Spirituality group wrote a question.  He was asking what to do when his friends use the Ouija board and get scary results.  I answered him with this:
I am a long-time Catholic and rarely think about or talk about evil spirits, because the Holy Spirit advised us (through the Apostle Paul in Phil 4:8) "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."

In my view, the Ouija board is nothing but a piece of wood, cardboard and plastic. It's not the board that's scary, it's the situation people put themselves in where they request "spirits" to answer their questions, and, in some cases, those questions are answered in a scary and unnatural way.

I hesitate to give any more attention to those spirits who align with evil. But I do believe they exist, and it merits us consciously steering clear of them and always refocusing on God. Why do I believe they exist? (odd as it may sound - true story). A very well respected woman named Kathy O. from my church was doing her very fruitful prison ministry, as she had done for years. This one evening an especially hardened criminal was going to give his life to the Lord. As he was walking over to Kathy to receive a blessing and holy water, he was physically propelled by something invisible through the air at a high speed and hit the wall behind him, knocking the wind out of him. It scared everyone except Kathy. Kathy attributed this to an evil spirit who hides unless there is a significant opportunity. She feels protected because she keeps her own life aligned with God's will.

So even if you are in the same room as people using the Ouija board to invite spirits to be involved with them, you are not sinning by being present, since you are evidently aligned with the Lord. Rather, your presence may help.

The boy, by the way, voted mine the ‘best answer’, and gave me a thankful response.

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