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Will I go to Hell for practicing Witchcraft?

Oct 28, 2017

When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with wolves and dogs. I tried a spell to turn myself into one, and now, I’m regretting it. They didn’t work, because I think I stopped in the middle of it. But I’m still worried God won’t forgive me. I’m trying to get to confession today, but I’m scared my mortal sin won’t be forgiven.

Asked at 12:27 pm on October 28th 2017

Hi Emily, to commit a mortal sin we must have full knowledge and full consent, and what we’re doing must be seriously wrong. Since what you write about happened when you were in elementary school, I very much doubt if you were fully aware (or aware at all) that what you were doing could be seriously sinful, and knowing that, continued to do it. Anyway, there’s no sin so serious that it can’t be forgiven.

I think by the time you read this, you’ll already have told a priest in confession what you did and I’m sure he’ll have shown God’s infinite mercy even for what I believe at the very most was a minor venial sin. You’re now much more aware of how harmful to our souls any dabbling in spirits can be, and I’m sure you’ll never do that again. Assuring you of my prayers for all the good things you’re hoping to do in your life. Very best, Fr Brendan

Replied at 11:14 pm on November 06th 2017