Be an Amazing Catechist
The Rite vs. Wrong: Protecting Children from the Occult
I do not exaggerate. I realize it sounds overly dramatic and panicky, but experts and exorcists have repeatedly warned about how damaging these occult "entertainments" can be. They can rob your children, quite easily, of their chance at eternal salvation.
The Ouija board is a flat board marked with letters, numbers, and occult symbols; it is used to communicate with spirits. It uses a small triangular piece of wood called a planchette to spell out a message communicated by the "spirit." The premise is that those seated around the board will receive messages that will connect them to people who have died, and enlighten them as to the afterlife. There is also the belief that the spirit you summon can help you with obtaining information.
It is complete idiocy, but an idiocy that the devil has taken advantage of. To call upon a spirit is to invite demons to prey upon you and there is no way anyone, particularly a teenager, is going to be able to control them.
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. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2117)
The Church takes these things very seriously. Many good Catholics will "play" with the board claiming that it is a harmless toy and that they don't believe in it, but disbelief in evil spirits does not mean that they don't exist. How many people do not believe in God, yet we know that He exists? These demons prey on people's ignorance and can use the board to easily possess them. Fr. Thomas Euteneurer, exorcist and author of Exorcism and the Church Militant, has said that perhaps 90 percent of the cases of possession he has encountered began with a Ouija board. This makes the pink board marketed to 6-year-old girls one of the most reckless things you could possibly have available to children.
In the Bible, the Lord often condemns any and all occult practices, including divination, which is the purpose of the Ouija board:
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord (Dt. 18:10-12, NIV).
Occult demons—those that are summoned by a person's participation in occult practices—are, according to Fr. Euteneuer, the most difficult to expel since the devil "disguises himself as an angel of light" and deceives the afflicted into thinking he is there for their good.
And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14, NAB).
It is imperative that those in possession of these boards burn them and seek help through confession and penance. Having the home blessed would also help to dispel any lingering evil.
Lisa Mladinich is a Catholic wife and mother, catechist and workshop leader, and the author of the popular booklets, "Be An Amazing Catechist: Inspire the Faith of Children," and "Be an Amazing Catechist: Sacramental Preparation" available from Our Sunday Visitor. She is the founder of www.AmazingCatechists.com.