For whatever reason, I keep being drawn back to this subject lately. The more I think about it, the more I realize it’s one are of spirituality that I haven’t put much thought at all into, and that I should perhaps consider more.
After I wrote this post a couple weeks ago I came across a variety of other posts on the subject that I found interesting and helpful (and creepy). Since the topic seemed to strike a chord with many of you, I thought I’d do a roundup of recent blog coverage of the subject:
– Mary Meets Dolly: Rebecca, a molecular biologist, talks about how she’d never given much thought to the subject until she felt intensely attacked after she started speaking out about stem cell research and cloning.
– The Recovering Dissident Catholic: Cathy_of_Alex talks about a disturbing visitation she experienced while dabbling in New Age practices.
– Adoro te Devote: Adoro recounts a chilling story of what sorts of things can happen when you dabble in the occult — in particular, the very disturbed people that will come into your life.
– Perfect Work: Jennifer talks about her seven miscarriages and the misdiagnosed medical condition that probably caused them. Was it a series of terribly untimely medical mistakes or a spiritual attack? …Is there a difference?
– Steppin’ Heavenward: Renee, mother of nine children (three adopted from Ethiopia), talks of how she felt most attacked when she was in the process of adopting her children.
– The Walled Garden: Coffee Wife talks about some very creepy occurrences in her house. And though she doesn’t specifically discuss it in her post about spiritual attacks, I have to wonder if she’s being attacked in more ways than just through her physical surroundings: read this post and see what you think.
– Wife of an Addict: This whole blog is the chronicle of one, long spiritual attack. The wife of a recovering sex addict humbly shares the agony she’s experienced and her efforts to put her life and her marriage back on track. This post is an example of how she resists the temptation to let anger and despair overcome her by showing love and charity to others. [Warning: the blog sometimes deals with adult subject matter.]
– Causa Nostrae Laetitiae: Leticia tells her story and makes the point that even people who are raised in devoutly Catholic homes can fall into fascination with the occult if they’re not keenly on the lookout for such dangers.
This whole topic has given me a lot to think about. Thank you to all the bloggers and commentors who’ve been so open with their experiences on this subject. It’s not really accepted in our culture to talk about this sort of thing, and I think many of us are worried about being written off as superstitious or silly so we hesitate to bring it up. Yet I think that in order to truly grow in faith we need to be aware that there are evil forces as well as good forces at work in our world.
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