A Catholic Facebook group I’m in seems to have become rather preoccupied with Halloween and witchcraft, much to the displeasure of the admin who don’t ban the topics but don’t want rampant misinformation or misrepresentation of Church teaching.
A subject that has come up is witches cursing Halloween candy or otherwise cursing our food. A person trying to persuade us of the dangers said we should put blessed salt on all of our food and said that’s why we say grace before meals. I assumed we say grace in thanksgiving for our food and to humble ourselves before the Lord who gives us life.
My questions are these:
Why do we say grace before meals?
What types of harm might befall a person who unwittingly eats food cursed by a witch?
I’m not terribly concerned about it, though I don’t deny there are people who dabble in dark things. I just tend to get good answers here, and my attempts searches about curses on food were turning up things either tangetial or crazy.