It has been brought to my attention that there are many, many, many covens of witches in Ireland as well as in Great Britain. I knew about some in England, as friends of mine live in Kent, where this sort of thing proliferates.
But, I did not expect the numbers here. Now, I know that New Agey stuff and neo-paganism is popular in Ireland, as I came across this last year in March and in December. Some friends of mine had pointed out the number of solstice gatherings in the summer and in the winter.
Also, there is a great number of new agey stuff surrounding poor St. Brigid, whose devotion has been taken over by the feminists and those who think she was a priest. Well, I wrote about this before here.....on this blog. http://supertradmum-etheldredasplace.blogspot.ie/2012/02/real-st-brigid-mary-of-gael.html
But the reason I am referring to the covens is twofold.
Firstly, not enough parents are talking to their children about the evils of the occult. One of my friend's boys came home from secondary school today and started asking his dad about satanism. Apparently, it is becoming the rage in certain parts of rural England.
Thankfully, my friend, being a catechist and also being a good father could explain things in a doctrinal, yet simple matter. He simply went through the Ten Commandments and showed how satanists did the opposite in each case, starting with the First Commandment.
Young people need parents who can discuss these things. On my previous blog, I had a series on this, as I was living in a place in Iowa where there were too many covens. One of my fellow professors at a college was head of one. I had to deal with students involved, getting involved, or wanting to get out of covens.
But, here, it is the cool thing to do, sadly, which brings me to my second point.
Most young people who get involved do not fully understand what they are doing until it is too late.
They fall for the lies of power and fellowship, coming to a realization that they have damned themselves by cooperating with evil too late.
Sex and drugs are, of course, involved as well. But, the spirit of rebellion leads many young people astray.
Parents must watch for signs of occult involvement. This is one of our duties.
Here are some hints:
One, is your child not telling you where he is going and is not introducing you to his new friends?
Two, is he becoming more reclusive and even moody? Are there personality changes? Is he having identity changes?
Three, has he changed his manner of dressing, wearing animal amulets, or other new jewelry? Is he attached to an animal and buying statues or other representations of that animal? Does he have new tattoos?
Four, is he interested in kabalism, or the ancient religion of the Egyptians, into symbolism and the gods and goddesses of such in a fanatic way?
Five, does he stay overnight with friends you not know and whose parents you do not know?
Six, is he going to Mass every Sunday? Does he go to Communion? Has he stopped doing this?
Seven, is he into tarot cards or deviant art?
Eight, has he dropped his old Catholic friends for a set of new ones?
Nine, does he has new adult friends you have not met and should meet?
Ten, is he going to meetings at night and not talking about these?
Most parents tragically do not pay attention to the adult children living in their home. But, wicca usually starts in secondary school or college. Pay attention. Some kids get introduced to these things on line or at camp. I knew a boy of 12 who was doing blood sacrifices of animals with his friends and following on line wicca sites.
I hate to write about this, but it is a reality in our world. Pray, think, act.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..