I normally wouldn't read such an article over at the National Catholic Register, about a former Satanist turned Catholic.
Yeah, a Satanist.
It soon brought up thoughts of a commenter on Opine Editorials. I like to keep theology and issues regarding marriage separate, but here and now would be a good time to address the concern. The commenter went by the name, 'Personal Failure', and he/she had a blog with the name 'Forever in Hell'. Who on Earth would anyone have a blog of such nature, I do not want to know. But 'Personal Failure' exists, and has a blog titled 'Forever in Hell', and time to time I, with my full name (Renee Aste) and all, become a target of his/her anger. I will not link to the blog.
The comments on Opine, have little to do with marriage or the concerns of homosexuals in a civil society. It usually become some far fetch accusation, that my understanding of marriage someone becomes an ignorant hate for someone who happens to be gay. A few times, yes a few, I would check out the 'Forever in Hell' blog. On top of the individuals hatred for marriage and me, there were dozens of links to anti-Catholic blogs. There was nothing about gay marriage, nothing about the law, nothing about the concern of children being raised by one's mother and father. There was nothing, but misery.
The sad irony, that the person accusing me of hate, filled the day with hate against the Church. I don't engage in the thought of Hell or Satan, even today the children do dress up scary but it is to mock evil, not the Church. But being a Catholic, by default I acknowledge that Hell is as real as Heaven.A former satanist recounts her return to the Church, and provides some timely advice about dealing with Halloween.
Despite the momentary power I felt at getting even and receiving all my worldly desires, over time I began to be tormented by the very demons I had sent to torment others. I didn’t know it at the time, but I’ve since learned of this universal law: any demon you summon to harm others, can and will harm you.
I do not deal with demons, and I really try to take a reasoned approach to everything in the natural world. Yet, something with "Personal Failure" haunts me, as this person isn't just being an obnoxious troll, but really spiritually trapped somehow.
Tomorrow, I will pray for that person, whoever Personal Failure is.