Just when you think people cannot do anything more stupid, a new thing comes along. Just about a month ago, there was the “#kyliejennerchallenge” where young people were inflaming their lips using bottles and suction, now we have the “Charlie Charlie Challenge.”
This challenge is based on a Ouija board-like game which is used to summon a Mexican demon named “Charlie.” A graph is drawn on a sheet of paper. On each quadrant of the graph, the words yes and no are written. Then two pencils are placed one on top of another in a cross. Next, the participant summons this demon “Charlie” and asks it “yes or no” questions. The pencils then appear to move pointing to the response.
I am a big skeptic when I learn of claims of magic and what not, so I personally do not believe this game has anything magical to it. The movement of the pencils can be explained via physics. The breath of the participant can move the pencil which is suspended on the other pencil as gravity is pulling on it and friction is taking place where both meet. Momentum then takes over allowing the pencil to continue moving until the kinetic energy dissipates. However, despite having a natural explanation, evil is still being welcomed with these items and the intent of the participant(s).
Catholic priests have already raised their red flags against this game. They claim that this is a dangerous game because it is summoning demons. When one calls upon a demon even if it is a common name like “Charlie,” the invitation is still being sent. A demon is like a stray animal. If you pay attention to it, feed it or invite it into your home then it will come in and will not leave so easily. It will claim your home as its new territory. There is no reason whatsoever to summon a demon unless you want to be harassed by it. Demons do not like human beings. They will do anything to get us to turn from God and destroy ourselves. This “Charlie” game is being marketed to impressionable kids in order to bring them to the dark side. Summoning demons and resorting to divination and magic is a sin. The Catechism has this to say:
2115 God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, a sound Christian attitude consists in putting oneself confidently into the hands of Providence for whatever concerns the future, and giving up all unhealthy curiosity about it. Improvidence, however, can constitute a lack of responsibility.
2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to “unveil” the future.48 Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.
2117 All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and have a supernatural power over others – even if this were for the sake of restoring their health – are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion.
Demons can attach themselves to people via oppression and can even take over their bodies and mental faculties via possession. These can only be done when a person freely invites a demon or demons into their lives. I urge parents to keep an eye out for this game in their homes and educate their kids on the seriousness and danger of summoning demons under any guise. Let us pray to St. Michael the Archangel to keep these demons away from our children.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
If kids spent more time plotting graphs (algebra) instead of making these stupid “Charlie” graphs, then they would profit academically from it. I have always loved plotting graphs. They are fun.