When seven grand and a ring wasn't enough, the victim called a relative for help.
It made me think about a saying my mother (and all my Irish relatives) would say when I (or anyone else) did something stupid.
You. God. Damned. Fool.
The article describes the woman as 'phony' psychic.
Is there any other kind?
When somebody is operating a shtick as a 'psychic', there are only two possibilities. They are either a shyster and a thief or they are delivering messages through a demon who will manifest its message as the light.
Frankly, your safety and personal well-being is better off with the shyster who will empty out your bank account.
God would never manifest His knowledge of the future to a pagan setting up a gig to give you advice based upon their visions.
Sure there are angelic visions and gifts. All kinds of manifestations of the angelic are manifested in saints and those practicing mystical prayer.
Christ, the Holy Spirit, our guardian angels, the Saints are always present and speaking to us. If we are astute, trusting, paying attention, most of us will encounter something mystical a handful of times in our lives.
There are others who, in surrender, will develop a gift or charism for the edification of the Church and souls seeking salvation through Christ's Bride.
I'm not going to elaborate on legitimate mystics and gifts in this post, but I do want to talk about discernment of the spirit when it comes to people who hang a shingle out saying "psychic" and the spiritual phenomenon of a curse.
The devil's treachery can mirror something angelic. Remember when Moses threw down his scepter at the feet of the Pharoah and it turned into a serpent, the Pharoah's sorcerer did the same?
Unless we are saints, monks, nuns in a monastery spending 24/7 in mystical prayer, the devil doesn't really have to be that clever. Being a lazy force, the demonic will not use any more energy than they have to. How much they use depends upon your state of grace.
For the most part, we don't have to be rocket scientists to discern whether something is angelic or demonic.
For a Catholic, there is nothing more mystical nor more precious than the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. That sucks up most of our spiritual attention. We do observe and acknowledge other gifts and phenomenons. But nothing can hold a candle to Transubstantiation, the Reservation of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ and all of the gifts that flow from It.
Here's the skinny on a 'psychic': A woman or bloke who sets up shop to give you messages from dead relatives, tells you whether or not you'll get married, how many children you'll have, who to date - etc. - it is a no-brainer that these individuals are either full of crapola or the devil is using them. Whatever insights, advice or messages they give has an agenda and that agenda opposes God's.
How should a practicing Catholics treat situations or people armed and surrounded by forces of counselors that oppose God?
Treat the people, the building, the locus, like a leaking nuclear power plant.
Don't approach, attend, go into a building or near anybody or anything that you know has been contaminated.
If somebody was teed up and tells you about their experience, disarm their counselor by informing the person they've been snookered. If the person is a Catholic, explain the teachings of the Church, pray with them to free the person's intellect from the counsel.
Let's talk about curses.
Curses are real and powerful. A curse is a bit like a tornado. It starts off very powerful but as it travails along, consumes, it weakens. Curses can go through generations. 99% of the time, you don't know you are dealing with the force of a curse. Like all demonic activity, curses have patterns to them. You might notice abruptly and without explanation, that everything you encounter is in a state of dysfunction. You can't get plans to execute, things around you start breaking, there is agitation in all your work and personal relationships.
A curse doesn't have to be and most times isn't the fruit of a sorcerer or witch from a santanic ceremony. Most times, a curse is the fruit of somebody who uses the force of their hatred. Hatred has a destructive energy and the animus can be hurled like a projectile that comes your way.
There is absolutely nothing to fear with a curse.
Catholics have immunity from the wiles of the devil: The Holy Sacrifice on the Mass.
In perfect state of Grace, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the reception of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. All the immunity anyone will ever need.
We also protect ourselves from curses with specific prayers. The Breastplate of St. Patrick. There's a prayer in my sidebar if you're looking for another. Immerse yourself, your children, your family, friends into the Blood of Christ with prayer.
Additionally, we have the Sacramentals. Holy water, blessed salt, relics, medals.
Things are getting crazy.
It is sad to see people running to the pagan. Sadder to see Catholic priests, Chanceries, a Vicar General in Boston, offering it to the uncatechized. Good luck to them and the croziers they purchased with the souls of the village idiots.
I have a feeling we have only seen the tip of this spiritual iceberg. The more I see and understand just how precious all the gifts of Christ's Church are to me...to all of us who are called to the Supper of the Lamb.
And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street thereof, and on both sides of the river, was the tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, yielding its fruits every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no curse any more; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him. And they shall see his face: and his name shall be on their foreheads. And night shall be no more: and they shall not need the light of the lamp, nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall enlighten them, and they shall reign for ever and ever.