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Thursday, September 14, 2023

The World Has Gone Occult: A Catholic Perspective

I’ve been actually grossed out at our tradition these days.

I don’t learn about you, however it looks like hastily, all the world has gone mad.

Effectively, not mad precisely. However somewhat…it’s gone occult.

And no, this isn’t in preparation for Halloween that’s proper across the nook.

No, I’m speaking witchcraft, satanic imagery, demonic themes — it appears as if that particular diploma of darkness has come out of the woodwork in society, making itself not solely identified, however unable to be missed.

Final night time had been the MTV Video Music Awards, the place — although to not Sam Smith‘s stage of demonic imagery in Unholy on the Grammys earlier this 12 months —

Doja Cat premiered her new tune, “Demons” with blood soaked demons dancing alongside her. She is similar singer who carried out a special tune with lyrics corresponding to, “She the satan” and “I’m a demon lord.” Her costumes included pentagrams, and her flashing satan horns.

Taylor Swift, who received a bunch of awards final night time on the VMAs, although she could have Christian dad and mom fooled that she’s “secure” to your little children to hear too, she too is brimming with demonic imagery, together with the lyric, “Karma is a god.”

Yep — that’s Taylor for you in her music video for “Karma.” Think about what filming this scene will need to have been like. Her, surrounded by her dancers dressed as possessed demons, holding that satan masks between takes. Like — this wasn’t some, “oops! How’d this find yourself in right here?” It was a selection.

There’s “our woman”…

And would possibly I remind you that there’s additionally this little diddy of conjuring spells that Taylor performs in her Eras Tour.

However it’s not simply in pop music. Once I was on the airport this summer season, I stumbled upon these magazines within the little airport snack outlets in Ohio:

That’s proper, {a magazine} titled, Witches. Full with a narrative on trendy spellwork.

Celebrities are making no effort to hide satanic practices, both. May I remind you that when Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox received engaged, she ended their Instagram announcement by telling followers that they drank every others’ blood afterwards.

And when she was requested about that remark, she doubled down: “We do eat one another’s blood once in a while for ritual functions solely.”

Ritual functions solely.

I’m going to be trustworthy: I worry for the salvation of mankind.

God was not unclear about his ideas on this. He didn’t mince phrases. It was the very first commandment He gave us in Exodus 20:3: “Thou shall haven’t any different gods earlier than Me.”

Rising up, after I would replicate on this primary commandment, I all the time would consider the opposite “idols” one thinks of that compete for God’s high place in our lives: busyness, pleasure, placing sports activities above church on Sundays…you realize…comparatively harmless issues to precise Satanism.

It’s actually actually baffling to assume that that is truly one thing folks fall into.

I used to be listening to the Pints with Aquinas podcast, and simply this week, Matt Fradd did an interview with a former satanist, who then grew to become Catholic — and it was simply eye opening to listen to that there are truly folks on the market who observe the enemy. In reality, I needed to cease listening to it, as a result of I didn’t wish to fill my head with darkness.

It’s no secret that I 100% contribute my anorexia to influences from the enemy. I’m not saying that I used to be possessed — however that horrible season of my life was a battle of non secular warfare. And my consuming dysfunction was 100% utilized by the enemy to control me into self destruction. To the tune that, whereas at one among my first few days at inpatient, throughout one among my remedy periods, I absolutely imagine {that a} demon was launched from my soul — I’ve written extensively about it right here and right here.

However all I can say is that, I absolutely imagine that folks can fall into darkness extremely simply. Fortunately, I had the prayers of my household, and my very own religion basis I had grown up with to maintain me from succumbing to it.

All that to say, this nation wants prayers: the pop stars, the curious teenagers that assume “experimenting” with the occult is rebellious and the reply to their points, these trapped in a cycle of darkness, and those that could also be flirting with hazard. Might they be reminded of who they honestly are: Who they had been created by, and Who actually loves them.

Might they not be tricked by the temptations or empty guarantees of the enemy. And should they flip away from evil and cling to what’s good.

I’ll go away you with two quotes: This primary was the verse that was on my mirror rising up that, I imagine all of us must reside by, at present particularly:

“Lastly, brothers and sisters, no matter is true, no matter is noble, no matter is true, no matter is pure, no matter is beautiful, no matter is admirable—if something is superb or praiseworthy—take into consideration such issues.” Philippians 4:8

After which my random private favourite, which is true now, greater than ever:

Deuteronomy 20:1 “Once you exit to struggle towards your enemies and see horses and chariots and a military larger than yours, don’t be afraid of them, as a result of the Lord your God, who introduced you up out of Egypt, can be with you.”

Hear me after I say: we’re at struggle. As Christians, we’re at struggle for our souls and the souls of our youngsters. However worry not: He’s with us.

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