The words in the spell: "That he may do no harm," sugarcoat the reality that the devil wants the destruction of mankind and never has our best interest at heart.
The Power of Spells
Spells can have power, according to Father Vincent Lampert, the designated exorcist for the archdiocese of Indianapolis since 2005 and also the pastor for St. Malachy in Indianapolis. "I think there's power, but it's not coming from God," Father Lampert said. "Anyone who would dare say they want to challenge that God is in charge is using the power of evil as their own. They should realize that we can't use the devil; the devil uses us. People can't control it and the devil ends up using them for his own purposes."
Spells, according to Father Lampert, only have an effect in people who are spiritually weak. If we are anchored in God, he said Scripture tells us we have nothing to fear. "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places," (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Father Lampert pointed out that in Deuteronomy 18:10-12, using witchcraft is condemned as detestable to God. He has known a few people who derive a sense of power and make money from people paying to have spells cast. Hundreds of people have come to Father Lampert for help after spells were cast on them.
"You can't stop someone from placing a curse, but as a Christian, if you are you praying to God and going to him, the curse will have no power," Father Lampert said. For Catholics, he said going to Mass, receiving the Eucharist and going to Confession, is strong protection against evil. "Curses are effective when people are weak," Father Lampert explained. "People are fearing devil more than trusting God."