What exactly is a blessing?
What does it do for a person? And what does it do for an inanimate object?
And what is a curse? Does the church recognize curses/“spells” as real?
I’ve heard a couple different things. One the one hand, I heard that a blessing, for a person, helps prepare them to receive grace. But then what does it do for an inanimate object?
On the other hand, I heard Fr. John Corapi, SOLT, on EWTN saying that a blessing, in a sense, attaches a prayer to a person or object and that prayer follows that person/object wherever they go. For example, you bless holy water in order to vicariously bless the people anointed (or baptised) with it. In the same way, he said, curses can vicariously affect people through inanimate objects. Is that Church teaching??