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How Do I Know If I’ve Been Cursed? And What Can I Do About It?

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First, what is a curse?

A curse, the most depraved form of sorcery, uses demonic forces to inflict harm on others. Curses are occult in origin, using various forms of witchcraft (Wicca, Santeria, Palo Mayombe, Voodoo, etc.), and are Satanic.

A curse or hex can manifest in several ways: physical pain with no discernible cause, illnesses, mysterious autoimmune diseases, emotional and spiritual torment, hearing knocking or scratching in the walls, hearing footsteps, seeing shadow figures, vomiting attacks, waking up with scratch marks (usually 3 of them) and bite marks, hearing demonic voices (Satan and the demons speak in a low voice), sexual assaults by an unseen force, sleep paralysis, broken relationships, financial stress, employment problems, problems with electronics in the home such as phones, computers, etc. The list goes on.

Curses and Hexes are the most heinous sin against the virtue of charity. Witchcraft, and all forms of divination, is condemned in the Bible and the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church.

2115: God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it. Improvidence, however, can constitute a lack of responsibility.

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. 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.

If one is living in a state of grace, they should trust Jesus and not fear witchcraft. However, if someone is spiritually vulnerable, living in a state of mortal sin, they should repent. If they are Catholic, they should go to confession to close any open doors, especially violations against the First Commandment, and receive the sacraments often.

Fr. Jose Fortea, a Roman Catholic Priest and an Exorcist of Spain, gives some practical guidance for people who suspect they have been suffering from curses related to witchcraft.

In his book, Interview With an Exorcist: An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance, page 112.

“When people come to my parish saying that they are suffering from a curse, I tell them that it is impossible to prove demonic causality except in rare cases. But if they really suffer from a curse, the only remedy is to do the following:

  • Pray the Rosary
  • Read the Bible
  • Speak with God every day
  • Attend Mass frequently, even daily
  • Place a blessed crucifix and an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in one’s house
  • Make the sign of the cross with holy water daily

If the evil a person is suffering from is a demon, it will go away as a result of these devotions. If nothing changes, however, then the evil the person is suffering is not caused by a curse. Also, if a priest is an exorcist and suspects a curse, he can pray a prayer of deliverance and this will remedy the situation.

On some occasions, though, a demon causes the evil—sickness, for example—and departs. In these cases, the person’s medical problems are the result of a curse but the exorcist sees that there is no demonic influence remaining. The person’s illness, then, is like any other sickness and needs to be cured by medical treatment. There is no further need for supernatural remedies.”

Spending time in Adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament also has a tremendous effect on healing and deliverance.

The Breastplate of St. Patrick, also called the Lorica of St. Patrick, is great daily prayer of protection from witchcraft.

Fr. Jim Blount, a Roman Catholic Priest and Exorcist, recommends praying The Unity Prayer several times daily to blind Satan and his minions.

Fr. Chad Ripperger, a Roman Catholic Priest and Exorcist, recommends the daily prayers of the Auxilium Christianorum for spiritual protection. Deliverance prayers featured in Fr. Ripperger’s book Deliverance Prayers for The Laity can also be found on the Prayer APP at the St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal founded by Msgr. Stephen Rosetti, a Roman Catholic Priest and Exorcist, who offers monthly deliverance prayer sessions.


Book cover for Interview With An Exorcist
Book cover to Deliverance Prayers by Fr. Chad A Ripperger PhD
Book cover for Diary of an American Exorcist Msgr. Stephen Rossetti

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