• Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

Exorcist Diary #59: No Good Witches

A young man in his 30’s came in for help. He said he had been practicing witchcraft for seven years and had actually started his own coven. He added, “There are a lot of covens in this area.” He held onto his practice of witchcraft because he said he gave him power. But he was afraid he was becoming possessed.

There was indeed a darkness around him. He was sullen and withdrawn. I pointed out that this was slowly dragging him into the darkness. He came for a few sessions and then stopped; he didn’t want to give it up. We pray for him.

It has become popular in some modern circles to practice witchcraft and to use spells and curses. There are many such websites, movies and more available today, even for children. Even Disney has a children’s cartoon with a teenager who battles evil through the power of her witchcraft.

A witch’s or warlock’s power comes from Satan. While they might claim to be channeling some sort of good “energy” and think of themselves as “good witches,” any power they have comes from the Evil One, regardless of their intention. The power to cast spells and curses does not come from God.

As Deuteronomy says, “Let there not be found among you anyone who…practices divination, or is a soothsayer, augur, or sorcerer, or who casts spells, consults ghosts and spirits, or seeks oracles from the dead. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the Lord” (Dt 18: 10-12).

Jesus said to love your enemies. He said, “Bless those who curse you” (Lk 6:28). True Christians never curse anyone nor do they try to obtain any good except from the hands of God.

Witchcraft is a violation of the first commandment and is very spiritually dangerous. The fact that it is being widely promoted even among children is frightening. There are many reasons for the current spike in requests for exorcisms today. This is one of them.


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