Have you ever heard of “Ojo”? It is the curse of the “evil eye”. This is how it works. When a person stares at a child too long or in a certain manner without touching the child, the child will fall ill with a very high fever almost instantly. I have heard many stories about the curse.
When my mother was a little girl, she fell ill with this curse when my grandfather was watching her play in the yard. He wanted to go pick her up and hold her but he held back because of a certain stigma people had back then about a father giving too much physical affection to their children. Within one minute, my mother fell to the ground. She got back up and tried to run, but she fell again. By the time grandfather realized what happened and ran to her, she was already burning in a fever and unconscious. It took days for the fever to break.
Another story I heard about “Ojo” happened to my sister. She was very little when my family went on a trip to visit family in Matamoros, Mexico. She was playing in the yard when she sat down and stopped playing. My Tia picked her up and felt her fever. Tia started screaming out, “Who did this to my niece? Who cursed her?” I neighbor came running. He apologized and said her had looked at her because she was so pretty. He picked her up and held her. He called out the God. Her fever went away instantly.
Now, bear with me, I know that some of you may be thinking that curses don’t exist. However, I have read many verses in the Bible where people had curses put upon their heads because of non-belief or disobedience to God. I, being Hispanic, grew up among very superstitious people that believed whole heartedly that I could give someone “Ojo” unintentionally by admiring their hair or make-up job. “Touch me!” they would say. “I don’t want my hair to fall out!”
My niece’s and nephew’s children have fallen ill without any logical explanation. Nor have the doctor’s been able to diagnose them. The only thing that cured their ailment was a method done with an egg, crucifix motions all over the body, and Lord’s Prayer. Once this was done, the baby’s fevers would break and they would be fine. My nieces all asked the same question, “How do I protect my children?”
The only protection I can think of, the protection my brother and I had on our lives were the three sacraments of salvation; Repentance, baptism in Jesus’ name and the infilling of the Holy Ghost. These three sacraments mirror the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
“Repent and be baptized everyone one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38
Repentance is death to sin and a turning around of one’s heart, mind and soul. It is the first step towards newness of life. Baptism in Jesus’ name is the burial and the complete application of the blood of Christ in one’s life. The infilling of the Holy Ghost is the resurrection of life. It is the power to live and commune with Christ Jesus, God Almighty. Under these three sacraments, there is protection from “Ojo” and any other curse.
I know! My own sister was stricken with “Ojo” but my brother and I, the younger two of the four of us, were never stricken. I believe that the reason for this is because my parents both completed the three sacraments of salvation. When my sister was given “Ojo”, my mother had the Repentance and the Holy Ghost, but had never been baptized in the name of Jesus. My father had been baptized as a young boy, but was not living a repented life and had not received the Holy Ghost.
When my parents finally completed the three sacraments as directed by the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, a barrier of protection, the blood of Christ, was over our lives and no curse, no matter how big could touch us. Our parents belonged to Christ and we belonged to them.
(An Observation of a Curse is based on stories my mother told me. It is deduction of how much my family’s life changed after my parents gave themselves completely to Christ according to the Apostle’s Doctrine.)
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