my first thread - hope I put it in the right place.
I have heard that the devil attacks more likely the Catholic church because it is the original one and has most power. In my Lutheran background the priests barely mentioned the devil (maybe afraid of the congregation’s reactions), and because of all the love I have experienced, I sometimes forget there even is such a thing.
But a small incident happened that reminded me of it. I was at a party and the only soon-to-be-Catholic there, majority not even religious people. Some girl suggested we’d play spiritism, that’s the European version of the ouija board. Of course I said no, and was feeling a bit uncomfortable. Nobody else was interested in it either, but the conversation took off to ghosts and scary unexplained things in general. You know how it is- people joke about those things, pretend they don’t believe in that stuff, but the atmosphere changes swiftly into this heavy, not a pleasant one at all. It was late at night and we were burning candles around the house, some girls started feeling a bit afraid.
I started praying Hail Mary in my mind, and wished the subject to change. I tried to make a point in between trying to debunk what people were saying about these “fascinating” things, then I changed my position on my chair just a bit and for some weird reason I found myself losing balance. Everything happened so fast, but it felt like the chair was being pulled under me. I was completely sober and not tired, my mind was focused. As I started to fall, I was tilting so that a candle nearby was almost touching my hair, and the boy sitting next to it hurried up to move it, I heard some people gasp. In the end I didn’t hurt myself at all, didn’t even fall down, but everybody in the room was baffled what had just happened. I was baffled too, so I just said the floor must have been slippery. Then one girl said “ok that’s enough about evil spirits for now!”
What are your opinions on this? I wonder if I became some sort of target because I was openly praying in my mind when others were talking about disturbing things. Or am I over-thinking this? I realized I know nothing about those kinds of situations. How should one protect themselves and others?
I have gone to Mass regularly since September but am not officially even Catholic yet, still a few weeks for my Confirmation.