Thursday, November 01, 2012

An Ex-Satanist returns to the Catholic Church


Despite the momentary power I felt at getting even and receiving all my worldly desires, over time I began to be tormented by the very demons I had sent to torment others. I didn’t know it at the time, but I’ve since learned of this universal law: Any demon you summon to harm others can and will harm you.


One of the most important things I’ve learned to appreciate is God’s all-encompassing providence. Everything that happens to us, without exception, is within the providence of God, who does not make mistakes. Everything that happens to us is an opportunity to learn from, and draw closer to, God, who is our loving Father.

When I was in junior high school, I practiced astrology. And by that, I don't mean I just read horoscopes. I cast charts with planetary tables.

One reason I found it difficult to give up astrology was that I had no sense of providence. I was trying to predict the future in order to control it. I felt that if I had some kind of warning beforehand, I could react accordingly.

It's funny, but even though I wasn't a very good Catholic at that time, I gave up astrology because the Church said it was a sin, without really understanding exactly why.

(That's not to say I listened to the Church on everything.)

One of the things that leads people to these realms of the supernatural is that in our schools, we don't treat the faith as something supernatural. It's treated as a moral guide, as psychological comfort, as a way of creating a community, but it's not a connection with God or the supernatural.

If we want to make sure kids avoid the occult, we have to teach them about the supernatural, and that the greatest power is living the cross of Christ.