My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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Under the Blood

I heard an amazing tale at Jr. Legion of Mary today that absolutely gave me the chills (in a good way).

It seems there was a Catholic mother, who of course prayed for her children every day, but she prayed in a special way for her son Matt. Matt was the proverbial wild child, hanging with the wrong crowd and just generally getting into more trouble than his siblings. His mom prayed everyday that Matt receive special spiritual protection, and that he would be protected under the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.

Matt was at a party when someone brought out a Ouija board and the kids started to play. Some of his friends tried to encourage Matt to participate, but he just had the innate feeling that this was something he did not want to do. So instead after a while, his friends started asking the Ouija board special questions about Matt. The board spelled out


That experience was enough to ask his mom for forgiveness and start living a more Christian life.

It certainly made an impression on the Jr. Legion of Mary Kids, including my own!

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  1. The patient bunch of kids wait out the spelling of that whole message?

    Forgive me, but I'm skeptical of certain details in this story:

    Not of the power of prayer ... or of the power of darkness but ... of the power of the ouija board.

    At least you found an understanding of "under the blood."

  2. Well I think I've always understood "protection" under the blood, but I still don't get "keeping your sins under the blood."

    I totally and completely believe that the Ouija board can be a vehicle for the powers of darkness. You might be interested in

    This article in Envoy Magazine

    and this one in the middle of the page from Catholic Answers

  3. Neither of those interest me.

    Just because I accept this:

    "The Lord repeatedly condemns any and all occultic practices, including divination."

    doesn't mean I must accept this:

    "the Ouija board really does work"

    But I'm not likely to find out for sure anyway.

    The point of the story, I surmise, is that prayer works ... why mention the occult? It's just sensationalism ... or worse - piques another's curiosity.

  4. "why mention the occult?"

    Why not mention the occult. It's just the other side of the coin. I'm not as cynical as you are.

  5. Just sounds like the near occasion of sin to me.

    Cynical? You mean "skeptical," don't you? You aren't as skeptical as I. I don't want to talk cynicism, please.

    "It's just the other side of the coin."

    I don't agree with that, as it suggests equality.

    We aren't obliged to give the devil his due.

  6. It is a near occasion of sin! That's part of the point!!

    And no, I think cynical fits in that you were questioning my motives for bringing up the occult in the first place.

    Good and evil - the classic struggle is it not. Doesn't mean they are equal, but it does mean that they both exist and I think it is very naive to think that evil does not exist, or is not powerful.

  7. Whatever cynicism I may have on this matter is directed principally at "anonymous," i.e., whomever shared the story with you, prompting you sufficiently to repeat it here for us.

    So, let's back up:

    You share an amazing, second-hand tale you think true.

    I comment that I can't accept the reported occult activity of the story credible.

    You think that, by doubting the efficacy of an ouija board and calling it sensational, I'm questioning your motives. Is this your story? Is it original with you? No, it's second- or third- or whatever-hand.

    Still, I am sorry that when I rejected a part of this story - as I am bound by my conscience to reject - you thought I was questioning your motivation.

    But, tell me, this story is intended to keep your kids away from ouija boards, yes? "It certainly made an impression on ... my own!"

    This tale notwithstanding, I hold that some supernatural episodes we experience are intended to remain private, especially if the details might be construed as sensational by someone with a weak faith.

    I hope you'll think on that.

  8. I blogged about the woman who told me the story. Her name is Fabiola and she was telling the story to the children at Jr. Legion of Mary. Surprisingly, quite a few of these children who attend this Catholic school had already played with Ouija boards and had seances. Fab was telling the children about the Miraculous Medal (which we commemorated this week in the liturgical calendar). We ended up going down a rabbit trail connected to superstitions and then to the occult.

    Fab's presentation was clearly within the guidelines of the Catholic Church:
    2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to "unveil" the future.48 Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.

    2117 All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one's service and have a supernatural power over others - even if this were for the sake of restoring their health - are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone, or when they have recourse to the intervention of demons. Wearing charms is also reprehensible. Spiritism often implies divination or magical practices; the Church for her part warns the faithful against it. Recourse to so-called traditional cures does not justify either the invocation of evil powers or the exploitation of another's credulity.

    You questioned my motives when you wrote: "why mention the occult? It's just sensationalism ... or worse - piques another's curiosity."

    I have no reason to doubt Fabiola and in fact I have read accounts that were equally chilling. There is an account in one of the Surprised by the Truth books about a young man who similarly started having dealings with the occult and demons after playing with the Ouija board. When he tried to walk away from that path, the demon tried to drown him and several of his strong friends had to stay with him all night to keep him safe. I have no reason to doubt that story.

    Just as you by reason of conscience feel it necessary to doubt I felt motivated by conscience to share the story and my experience here.