No to lucky charms, talismans, amulets, etc.

05 Jun

This is an example of pendant that promises the wearer or bearer “energy” for good luck, health, prosperity, strength, etc.

Is this in accordance to the teachings of the Catholic Church? OF COURSE NOT.

The Catholic Church teaches the faithful to rely only on God. The church teaches us the Centrality of Christ wherein, in everything we do, our actions must lead us to the Faith in Christ and to the Love of Christ. And the belief in luck, health, power, fortune, etc. through the use of charms, new-age pendants, amulets, talismans and the like are in no way a teaching that would bring us to the love of God. These are empty promises of occultism and new-age beliefs.

“Cursed and Occultic” objects such as this must be renounced and disposed of properly by the owner through the help of a Catholic Deliverance Team. Appropriate prayers must be used and the owners must be briefed with the possible evil effects this object may caused them and their families. On some cases, there may be a need to pray the Deliverance Prayer in houses where this “cursed and occultic”object was kept. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is always best, to be able to ask for forgiveness for the engaging in the occult and finally break free from the bondage with the devil.

To be guided, Catholic faithfuls are advised to know and love the catechism and doctrine of the Catholic Church. See earlier post

 To quote:

The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” deals with this subject in the section on the first commandment (You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me) under the title “Divination and Magic.”

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.[Cf. Deut 18:10 ; Jer 29:8 .] 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.


One response to “No to lucky charms, talismans, amulets, etc.

  1. alan

    June 17, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    What about a saint benedict medal… or a scapular? Or a crucifix? Perhaps the entry might be expanded to speak about how those are not lucky charms. My rosary may not stop a bullet but it does help my soul, alan


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