[Resurrection: Jesus lifting up Adam and Eve, Anastasis, Mary Green]
A man in his 30's self-referred for an exorcism. He confessed to having been involved with witchcraft for the past seven years. He started his own coven and was deeply into casting spells and magic. As I was praying over him, I was struck by the darkness, unhappiness, isolation and depressive mood he exuded. I mentioned it and he said knew it was the result of his involvement in the occult. He only came for a few exorcism sessions and then stopped. He was addicted to the feeling of power and control it gave him. He couldn't give it up.
Another former witch admitted that the practice led her into "despair, anger, emptiness, and the facade of having control."* She was able to stop and return to the Catholic faith. She realized that witchcraft promises results but never quite delivers. It tempts its practitioners with taking control of their lives and reaping great benefits, but it actually leads them further and further into the darkness.
We are praying over several people who have repented their previous lives in the occult and have returned to the faith. Not uncommonly, members of their former covens are cursing them and casting spells. Their former partners in the occult are now bent on making them suffer for leaving.
In discerning that which is truly right and wrong, a biblical adage is key: "By their fruits you will know them" (Mt 7:15). Witchcraft dangles tempting fruit in front of its practitioners but ultimately cannot deliver. Converted witches tell us that they were deceived by the illusion of power and control. Many began as "white" witches but this path led them into "black" witchcraft and further into evil.
Every day, I pray for the conversion of those practicing witchcraft and the occult. There is only one source of true joy and peace. May they find Jesus and be at peace.
*To read about the experiences of former occultists and their personal reflections, see Charles D. Fraune, "Slaying Dragons II: The Rise of the Occult." 2023.
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