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Magical thinking; magical theology.  To believe that certain words recited in a certain order for a certain number of repetitions can change reality? Is this magical thinking? There is a movie about an urban legend based on the idea that saying a name three times in front of a mirror has the power to conjure up an evil spirit and give him access to our world. We laugh at the notion, and nervously cower in our seats. What if? What if what? What if all the laws of the physical universe could be suspended by reciting words?  Hollywood!

But then you go into a church and find prayer cards with the words, “never known to fail” on them, exhorting the faithful to repeat the Prayer to the Virgin Mary or St. Anthony …
” This prayer must be said for 3 consecutive days and after
that the request will be granted and the prayer must be published.
THANK YOU HOLY MOTHER AND ST. PHILOMENA FOR GRANTING MY REQUEST. AS PROMISED, I SHALL CHRISTEN MY FIRST BORN AFTER BOTH OF YOU.”

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