In a world where the supernatural is often dismissed as mere superstition, a brave voice emerges to remind us of the unseen realities that exist beyond our physical senses. Father Dan Reehil, a Catholic priest and trained exorcist from the Diocese of Nashville, has issued a stern warning against the use of Ouija boards, a seemingly harmless parlor game that has been around since the late 19th century.
Father Reehil’s cautionary message is not one to be taken lightly. He asserts that angels, demons, spirits, and souls are real entities that can significantly impact our lives. This perspective challenges the secular worldview that dismisses such entities as mere figments of imagination or cultural folklore.
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The crux of Father Reehil’s warning revolves around the use of Ouija boards and similar practices aimed at communicating with the dead. These activities, he argues, are far from innocent fun. Instead, they pose serious spiritual risks, opening up unsuspecting individuals to potential demonic activity.
According to Father Reehil, demons are deceptive entities that lie and impersonate deceased individuals. When people use Ouija boards to seek information about a departed loved one or guidance on life decisions, they unknowingly invite these malevolent spirits into their lives. The danger lies not just in the misinformation provided by these entities but also in the potential for demonic possession.
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Despite being sold as a harmless board game in the United States, the Ouija board is, in fact, a tool of divination. It was initially developed as a ‘talking board’ for parlor games in the late 19th century. However, its use has evolved over time, with many now using it in attempts to contact the spirit world.
This issue becomes particularly relevant during the Halloween season when interest in the supernatural and occult practices often peaks. The media, too, plays a role in promoting such activities. For instance, a recent article published by the New York Post offered advice on how to ‘safely’ use a Ouija board, further normalizing its use.
Father Reehil’s warning serves as a timely reminder of the potential dangers associated with such practices. As an exorcist, he has received specialized training at the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, equipping him with the knowledge and skills to deal with demonic activity. His insights are based on this training and his experiences as an exorcist.
In some extreme cases, Father Reehil suggests that using a Ouija board can lead to possession. This is a severe spiritual condition where an individual loses control over their actions and thoughts to a demonic entity. It is a state that requires the intervention of a trained exorcist to resolve.
In conclusion, while the supernatural may seem distant and irrelevant to our modern lives, Father Reehil’s warning reminds us of the unseen realities that exist beyond our physical senses. It is a call to exercise caution and discernment, especially when dealing with practices that claim to bridge the gap between the living and the dead.