This Week’s Ask Alice: “3 Angels”

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Toni writes: A friend sent “3 angels” to my house through an email. My instructions were to make an altar with a candle, a white flower, an apple, and an envelope containing the names and addresses of 3 people who agreed to receive the angels after me, and my 3 wishes. I was told to light the candle for five days and talk to the angels so my wishes will come true.

But another friend told me that I’m calling up spirits, which is against the teachings of the Catholic Church. Now I am really scared! What should I do? Are the spirits really here? Are there demons in my home now? Will they not leave? Can I just ignore the actions I began as false superstition and throw away the candle or just burn it down? What should I do with my dozen white roses?

Alice responds: Sorry, Toni, but you’d better blow out that candle and burn those roses. The “3 angels” are, at best, useless superstitions and, at worst, could conjure up evil spirits in your home. The “3 angels” email was started by Irmi, a German psychic. Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and Muslims are cautioned against having any contact with psychics, mediums and spiritualists.

“Whoever sacrifices to any god, except to the Lord alone, shall be doomed” (Exodus 22:19)

The spirits invoked by psychics are usually demonic ones. At seances, demonic spirits often appear to mediums disguised as good spirits. As a fallen archangel, Satan, the Deceiver, has appeared to people in the image of saints, even the Virgin Mary. Catholics should avoid all occult practices such as Wiccan rituals, playing with Ouija boards, Tarot cards, attending a seance or visiting a psychic. Also, Catholics should not forward chain letters … be they email or postal.

What should you do with any remaining superstitious stuff at your house? You should burn the 12 roses, 3 wishes, 3 names and addresses, and the candle, then dispose of all the ashes.

Before posting my reply, I discussed your dilemma with Fr. Jerome Kish, Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Downers Grove, IL. Fr. Kish said that you should also remember to mention the “3 angels” incident during your next Confession.

Don’t be afraid, Toni. You didn’t realize what you were doing.  There will likely be no demons lingering in your home after you destroy all the associated Irmi articles. If you want to do a good deed, albeit a difficult one, please tell the friend who sent you the “3 angels” what I’ve shared with you.

It’s always wise to keep Holy Water in your house, so you can bless yourself and then sprinkle it both indoors and out, should spiritual difficulties arise. It’s also good policy to keep sacramentals (blessed sacred objects) such as rosaries, crucifixes, miraculous medals, etc. in your home.

As a baptized Catholic, you are marked with the sign of your faith. You belong to God, so you need not fear anything or anybody.

“As for you, every hair of your head has been counted; so do not be afraid of anything.” (Matthew 10:30-31)

In Christ’s Love,


Useful info about real angels (submitted by Doria2)

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  1. It’s sad you believe the calling on the help of God’s messengers would bring anything but the light of God into your life. I would think any loving and rational God, if you called upon him or his angels through any sincere means, no matter what the ceremony, would reply in loving kind…and certainly not with the presence of demons.

    • The problem is: 1/3 of God’s messengers have fallen, and now follow Satan the devil … not God. See the link on real angels, at the bottom of the article.

  2. If there is such a thing as SATAN he lives in the Catholic Faith. No greater harm has been done than those of the Catholic faith. Wars, murder and the rape of children.

  3. Wow, your religion is based on fear…and I can only hope that you and the followers of the catholic church will someday see the “real” light. I myself am a psychic and a medium. My work is based on LOVE and GOD. I have had these gifts since childhood and I know that they are nothing close to being evil. People with integrity in my field of work are care givers and nurturers, assisting people through rocky times and helping them to realize their own connection to God themselves. Mediumship is nothing more than experiencing crossed over loved ones…very healing to people who are grieving. EVERYONE has psychic abilities…it is in our nature. The problem is, most people have been so controlled by the fear of the unknown at a young age (usually by well meaning parents and their religion) that they turn away from their GOD given abilities. Some day I hope that people will learn that we are meant to co create with spirit, and it is a lovely thing. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong or evil about calling on the angelic realm to assist us…or the realm of nature spirits. There are many dimensions co-creating the future of our planets with us…I hope someday you research more than just the Catholic religion…there’s a whole lot more out there.

    • I also have psychic abilities, and my particular insights happen to be totally at odds with yours. I’m sure you know precisely why. Your claims and opinions cannot be substantiated by any known standard of objective truth. For those who choose to get into things that are obviously way beyond their limitations, a modicum of fear is a good thing. As for Catholics … Catholics are adopted children of God, who IS love. As co-heirs to God’s Kingdom, we have no need of psychics or spirit guides, since we are living temples of the Holy Spirit, divinely empowered and suitably endowed with the authority to ask God for every good thing … and to receive it. We also enjoy the permanent and continuing assistance of our own personal guardian angel, so we have no reason at all to seek out strange and unknown spirits. In short, we Catholics already know and love God, we already enjoy the extraordinary abundance of God’s awesome power, glory, and inestimable love … we live in a sublime state of divine, loving peace … not fear … and we would never consider settling for anything less. You are certainly welcome to join us, but not until you decide to embrace the real truth … as opposed to some dark and deeply flawed caricature of it. Thank you for your comment.

  4. Just because you follow a religion, like being Catholic ( which I was raised) it does not automatically mean you are any closer to God or a co-heir of God’s kingdom and everyone else is below that. Knowing God and being close to God is a way of being. It’s walking the walk and living your life through actions of love and pure intention. Religion is based on fear. Religion was a government back in the day. It was a means to control people. Never was religion ever based on true love or truly ever knowing God and God’s love. God is LOVE. There is no judgment or fear in love. They cannot exist in the same space. Once you truly understand the concept that God is Love and all people are equal in the eyes of God, as we are God’s children which makes all of us a part of God and that no religion is superior or any person is closer to God based on a belief or a ceremony that tells you that you are now closer to God.To know and love God is to know and love all of his children, to know and love God to is to be God like, lack of fear, hatred, and JUDGMENT of others. It is and always will be a way of being. Being God like brings us closer to God and truly is the only path to be with him. It is done by our behavior how we treat others including ourselves. It is truly a conscious choice that we make and a path we should strive to walk down. If you understand love and that it is a way of being, that it is clean and PURE, it is LIGHT it is a space that can ONLY hold compassion, and empathy, kindness and caring. It is completely void of fear,anger, judgment and disdain. I feel the sin is to believe and tell others that God is anything but pure LOVE. Real Psychics and mediums are gifts from God. God does not make mistakes when he blesses us and shares with us his gifts . We are a part of Gods creation as our the gifts we are blessed with from him. How bold must one be to accuse God of making a mistake. Something to think about…

    • Dear Lisa,

      It sounds to me that you have gone to a lot of trouble to fashion your own particular brand of religion, based purely on your own personal experiences, preferences, rationale, hopes and dreams. I hope that works for you – but I doubt it.

      Authentic Catholicism provides a proven, reliable structure for people to come to know and love God, to discern his will, and to obtain all the divine graces necessary to cooperate with that will. Based on the fullness of divine revelation, and on the saving power of God’s grace – typically delivered in supernatural abundance through frequent reception of the 7 Sacraments, Catholics maintain in their hearts a very real hope of eternal salvation in Jesus Christ – subject to his judgment – and his judgment alone.

      God is love. Love is another word for charity. Anyone who manages to complete this earthly existence with a modicum of charity remaining in their soul is not likely to see eternal damnation. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

      Existing in a sinful world that’s steeped in various forms of idolatry, immorality and rebellion/pride, it’s not easy to remain Christ-like. Jesus certainly knew that – and he gave himself, so the sins of the world might be forgiven – and he left us his authentic, universal Church to show us the way.

      No matter how far we might stray, the Catholic Church is there for us. Through our faith in Jesus Christ and our full participation in all the Church’s work, worship, sacraments and devotions, we have the power to invoke God’s love and forgiveness, whenever and wherever it may be required – through that same Catholic (universal) Church. The price has already been paid. We have already been richly blessed.

      That’s divine love for you – and that’s how it works. There is no divine license to sin. In fact, unrepentant sinners can be certain of divine judgment – whether they believe in it – or not. If things didn’t work this way, there would be absolutely no difference between good and evil or heaven and hell, and God’s system of justice would be a sham.

      As for your misguided comments about religion: Jesus personally charged the apostles and their successors with the responsibility of teaching EVERYTHING he had revealed to them – baptizing the faithful in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. That “Great Commission” remains in effect until Jesus comes again, at the end of this age – and the term “religion” is completely and correctly defined by the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. (19) Go therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. (20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

      Of course, you have the right to believe whatever you wish – even if it’s wrong. But don’t expect God to confirm your errors or overlook the transgressions of those who choose – for whatever reason – to live a lie – when the divine truth has been looking them right in the face, all along.

      The one, true God simply does not operate that way. He never has and he never will.

      Perhaps you’ve mistakenly come to know some other, false and worldly god?

      Now there’s something to think about!

      Thank you for writing.


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