Because we cannot judge culpability and knowledge, are we guilty of omission for not saying anything to those who have committed sins that would otherwise be mortal but still receive the Eucharist?We should take every precaution to ensure that the Eucharist is not received unworthily. Even the suspicion that someone is receiving the Eucharist in a state of mortal sin or without belief in the Real Presence is enough to warrant saying something to that individual. Of course, this responsibility to our brothers and sisters in Christ goes beyond the sin of receiving unworthily. Anytime we suspect that a person is sinning in any way, it is our responsibility to correct them with humility and charity. "Whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins" (Jas 5:20).
I was talking to a friend today and she told me that she had seen her great aunt's ghost and could talk to her, saw lights flicking on and off when she asked her aunt to, and things like that. She was thinking about going to a psychic and asking what was going on, and her friend said that going to a psycic was a sin and not to go. She asked me the same thing, so bluntly I told her not to meddle in stuff like this, that Satan is most apt to attack in these situations, and that it could be a demon that she's seeing. I told her to talk to her pastor about it, and I think she is going to, to pray the Rosary and St. Michael's Chaplet. I'm also going to send her some holy water that I have on hand. Is there anything else that I should have told her? Do you think I said anything that I shouldn't have? I also warned her against trying to research this on her own.From what I can tell, you acted correctly. It is true that Satan can deceive us by appearing as loved ones. It is true that we should avoid consulting psychics. It is true that St. Michael, the rosary, and holy water can all protect us from evil spirits. It is true that a person should consult their pastor with things like this. It is true that researching this topic without a strong faith in and knowledge of the Church can be dangerous.
Now, all appearances like this are not necessarily evil. Angels and saints do appear to human beings. They did in the Bible and they do still today, although this is extremely rare. So, the appearance could be good. But, then again, it is always important to consult a priest or bishop. Sometimes, with things like this, you can never really know for sure.
- - - - - -As for the updated tract, I just wanted everyone to know that I extensively updated my two-part defense of Mary's sinlessness. See Part 1 and Part 2. I may even update it again, since the parallel between Mary and Eve can be a helpful argument that I did not include. I'll let you know if I make any more changes.