Jesus Christ, the Bearer of the Water of Life. This official Church teaching outlines the danger of the New Age movement and lists the various (seemingly harmless) New Age practices that can lead true believers into the occult.
What is the best thing to do when confronted with someone involved in the occult? It might be right to confront them and show them what is wrong with their beliefs and practices, but that will probably not do much good. One of the symptoms of occult involvement is a kind of spiritual, moral and intellectual blindness. As St. Paul says in Romans 1:21, 24, “[T]heir thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” We should also be reminded that Pope Francis has said, “If you do not pray to God, you pray to the devil.”
What to do when faced with the dark? I recommend fasting on Friday, praying a few extra rosaries and invoking the holy angels, especially St Michael. It will not only bring down the witches in full flight – it will also do your spiritual life a world of good.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker is pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville, SC. Visit his blog, browse his books, and be in touch at dwightlongenecker.com.