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A Xt3 Member asked at 1:07am on July 4th 2018
Dear father oh holy one, forgive for I have sinned. I can't believe that I am telling someone this but it's about time. I used to worship the devil, along with excessive alcohol consumption. I used to drink a lot of vodka and worship the devil. I thought that the devil was inside me and the only way to get rid of it was to drink. I soon realised that the devil could not be in me because I was christened when I was a baby. Please tell me that I am ok and not a bad person, I want to start attending church and possibly a support group for people that have had experiences with the devil? do you think that is a good idea?

please reply and I would appreciate if you prayed for me. Thank you very much and God bless.

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Hi Sarah, only a few weeks ago we were celebrating the two feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The reason we celebrate them is that Jesus is the hugest expression on Earth of the divine, unending Love God has for you in particular. And Mary's heart is the fullest expression of the love of the Mother of God for you, whom she loves with the same love she has for her divine Son.

All you need to do is to go to confession to a Catholic priest, he'll forgive anything in your past that was wrong-and just reading your message makes me feel that maybe you had a tough time that may have lead up to the drinking and devil-worship. After that, start attending Mass on Sundays (and any other day), so you can receive Jesus in the Eucharist-He's been waiting and waiting for this for a long time.

If it turns out you first need some formation in what it is to be a Catholic, you can find out if your local Church has any courses so you can catch up on anything you don't know about the Church. But before anything, start to say a few prayers every morning and evening, like the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, prayer to your Guardian Angel-if you don't know them, you'll easily find them on the net if you look for something like 'Catholic Prayers.'

I doubt if there's a support group for people who've had experiences with the devil, but if you could find a religious sister or someone trained in Catholic spiritual direction, I'm sure they could help you with this.

Assuring you of my prayers every day, very best, Fr Brendan
Xt3's Ask a Priest answered at 9:35pm on July 9th 2018 reply

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