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Do occult practices make the person susceptible to demonic influence and attacks?

Do occult practices make the person susceptible to demonic influence and attacks?


Lev. 19:31

“Do not go to mediums or consult fortune tellers, for you will be defiled by them. I, the Lord, am your God.”


Occult Art, Occultism: An attempt to work apparent miracles not by the power of God, but by the use of hidden forces beyond man’s control. (from Catholic Encyclopedia)


Demonic Influence: Father John Trigilio explains that a person that deals with the occult opens himself to demonic influence. If a person has been involved in the occult, Father John recommends confession, the use of sacramentals (holy water), followed by seeking special prayers from a priest. (from Open Line – Mar 20, 2023)


Answer begins at 51:40


By Bishop Donald W. Montrose


The Kingdom of Darkness and Forbidden Knowledge

What is the kingdom of Satan, the kingdom of darkness like? It is a lie that seeks to resemble the Kingdom of God (Isaiah 14:12-15). The prophet tells us that in his heart Satan is determined to be like God.

Therefore, in Satan’s kingdom he wants everything that is in the Kingdom of God. But his kingdom is a lie; it is false. In the kingdom of darkness, there is false worship and adoration; there is evil prayer. He offers us false happiness and peace. He holds out to us dark wisdom and knowledge. This is how he tempted Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:5). Satan said: “No, God knows well that the moment you eat it (the forbidden fruit) your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods who know what is good and what is bad.” In his kingdom, Satan also offers us a health that is unto death, and a protection that is false. Just as we picture the angels of heaven singing and worshipping God, there is also a special music that is evil in the kingdom of darkness.


Some Occult Practices

Astrology and Horoscopes: If you want to live in the Kingdom of God, renounce horoscopes and all other means of fortune telling. Any playing cards, Ouija boards, or other things used for fortune telling should be destroyed.

Witchcraft or superstitious magic: If you have any objects or written prayers that have been used in witchcraft or given you by a witch, they should be completely destroyed. If you have been involved in witchcraft you must renounce the devil, renounce the witchcraft in which you have been involved and all witchcraft, ask God’s pardon, and confess your sin to a priest.

Voodooism: African witchcraf. All that applies to witchcraft applies to voodoism

Charms and Amulets: This is a form of magic in which the particular object is believed to have power to attract the good or to ward off evil. These are particularly bad when given to us by a fortune teller, spiritualist, “curandero” or some person involved with the occult. When the object is worn on the person or carried in the purse or placed in the home, it means that the influence of evil is always present there with us. Examples are: carrying garlic in the purse in order to always have money, keeping an open pair of scissors for good luck, keeping special herbs in a jar, wearing a crescent around the neck or a necklace of garlic, putting alfalfa and flowers in front of a statue, placing figures of oriental or Indian gods in the house, and so on.

Spiritualists or Spiritualistic Churches: Spiritualism involves a communication with the dead or with the spirit world by some psychic or occult means. Those involved with spiritualists must renounce Satan, renounce spiritualism, ask God’s pardon, and confess their sin to a priest.

Reincarnation (Theosophy): This is the belief that the soul, after death, passes into the body of another human being, an animal, a plant or even an object. Many oriental religions or cults believe this.

Curanderos and Santeros:  Curing sickness through superstition

The New Age Movement: Those who join the New Age Movement are entering a movement dealing with occult spiritual power. It is not a spiritual power that comes from God, but from the Kingdom of Darkness. The “god” of the New Age is not the God of Christianity and Judaism. The New Age god is more like an impersonal energy or force of which the whole universe consists. This is a form of pantheism.


Eliminating the Kingdom of Darkness

Our homes should be sacred, peaceful places in which to live. We should not let them become dirty or allow disorder by having junk and filth accumulate in our drawers and closets. The power of evil abhors cleanliness.

Remove anything in your home that has had something to do with witchcraft, a spiritualist, a curandero, a medium, an oriental religion or cult or that has been used in a superstitious way. Destroy it or see to it that it is destroyed. Do not keep jewelry that is symbolic of witchcraft or is a sign of the Zodiac. Remove and burn all pornographic pictures and magazines. Get rid of all religious literature that does not agree with the basic truth of our faith that Jesus Christ is divine. Remove and destroy literature from the Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons, Christian Science, Unity, Science of Mind, Scientology, Hare Krishna, Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, Divine Light Mission, Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon, the Children of God and the Way International. Do not allow the influence of evil to come into your home through television. The values taught by television advertising are not the values preached by Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of St. Matthew, chapters 5, 6 and 7.


In The Home—Seeking God’s Presence

We can ask God to protect and bless our homes. Sprinkle holy water in each room and say the following prayer of blessing:

“Heavenly Father, we ask your blessing upon our home. In the name of your Son Jesus we ask to be delivered from sin and all evil influence. Protect us from sickness, accidents, theft and all domestic tragedies. We place our home under the Lordship of Jesus and consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May all who live here receive your blessing of peace and love.”

Recite an “Our Father” and “Hail Mary”.

The consecration of the family and the home to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is another beautiful Catholic custom. We need to have a crucifix and pictures of the Sacred Heart and Our Blessed Lady in our homes. We want home to be a sacred place.


Freeing My Own Self From the Power of Evil

Confession: There exists a power in this sacrament to break the power of the Evil One and sin that is not possible otherwise.

Holy Communion: In this sacrament is the power and presence of Jesus Himself. Persons who have actually needed exorcism from the power of the Evil One have been cured by sitting in church in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, an hour each day, for one or two months.

The Rosary: Our Blessed Mother has been designated by God as the one who crushes the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:1s). The Rosary is a very powerful means of protection and salvation. Many sons and daughters have been saved from the power of sin and the loss of faith through the perseverance of their parents in saying the Holy Rosary.


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Answer begins at 13:20


By Patti Maguire Armostrong

Here is some advice from Father Paolo Carlin, one of the world’s leading exorcists, for building an armor of spiritual protection against Satan:

  • Avoid [sinning] and confess [when you do] sin. “Sin consists in refusing God and His Kingdom through one’s free choice (CCC 391), incited by Satan’s deceitful seduction: “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5).
  • Read Scripture. “The Word of God listened to and lived each day in concrete choices becomes our defense from the snares of the evil one.”
  • Prayer. “Prayer is important but secondary to conforming our will to the will of God. God the Father has established an eternal alliance with man, a relationship of faith founded on the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. This alliance is maintained through our response which is prayer.”
  • The sacraments. A sacrament works in the fullness of grace, obtaining for us communion with God in the truth and strength of the Holy Spirit, who is present in us from our Baptism …. To receive the Eucharist is to receive Jesus in one’s life … We exorcists can verify that the sacrament of Confession is particularly feared and hated by the demon, because it snatches from him so many souls. … This behavior permits us to be received into the merciful arms of Christ, who immerses us in His blood and purifies us from all the stains of sin.
  • Listen to good music [e.g. Gregorian Chant]. It can lift our spirit towards God.
  • Humility. “Satan does not fear exorcism so much as the humility that brought one to it.”
  • Forgiveness. “Cultivate a heartfelt trust in the mercy of God and exercise mercy toward his neighbor pardoning unconditionally and loving his enemies.”


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Deuteronomy 18:9-13

“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to imitate the abominations of the people there. Let there not be found among you anyone who immolates his son or daughter in the fire, nor a fortune teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner, or caster of spells, nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead. Anyone who does such things is an abomination to the Lord, and because of such abominations to the Lord, your God is driving these nations out of your way. You, however, must be altogether sincere toward the Lord, your God”.


Lev. 20:6

“Should anyone turn to mediums and fortune tellers and follow their wanton ways, I will turn against such a one and cut him off from his people”.


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