A twelve year old girl who is an acquaintance of my family has twice asked me about selling her soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune. She isn't Catholic, and has never been baptized, but she has been exposed to enough Catholicism in her short life to understand about God, heaven and hell, the devil, and the dangers of evil to the eternal life of the soul. The first time she mentioned selling her soul was months ago, and she recently brought it up again, wondering what would happen to her eternal soul if she exchanged it for fame and fortune.
I told her about the sufferings of hell, as seen through the eyes of the saints, and made sure she understood that eternity is forever; that if your soul goes to hell, it has to endure the most terrible torments for time everlasting. Likewise, I told her that the joys of heaven are forever, and that she could just as easily ask God for what she wants without jeopardizing her soul.
I think she came across this idea from exposure to movies, and clearly she has not yet put it out of her mind, though I think I managed to impart a fear of hell into her with my descriptions of endless sufferings and torments that she would be buying into. One of the questions she wanted answered was how long she would have to live once she made the pact with the devil, clearly wanting to hear that she would have a long life of riches and good fortune, making the trade off more acceptable to her desire for instant gratification. I tried to make her understand that God is the author of life, that He can take a life at any time, and no one knows how much time they have before He calls them to their judgment.
I thought about talking to her mom, but she is raised in a home with no religion, and I'm not sure it would have the desired benefit. I'm hoping that all of you who read this will keep this girl in your payers. I see the innocence of youth in this girl, and I believe she will respond to the grace of God, but she needs our prayers to overcome the temptations she is facing. Please pray for her. Her name is Alycia.