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What do demons do with their time?

October 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Dear Fr. Fortea, what do demons do with their time? In the world of demons, like that of people, some do one thing and others do different things. Demons, of course, cannot build houses, grow food, construct machines, nor do any of the things human beings spend so much time on. Most of the time, demons occupy themselves with going deeper into the world of knowledge, in having relationships among themselves, and in tempting people. The... Read More

A Reflection on All Souls and Our Souls

All Souls' Day makes us mindful not only of the death of our dear ones but also of our own. Death is a punishment, bringing with it, of necessity, a feeling of pain, of fear, of uncertainty. The saints experienced it, and Jesus Himself willed to undergo it. Thus the Church puts before us passages from scripture most suited to encourage us: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord… henceforth they rest from their labors,... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul Week 8 of 12

October 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

On Suffering Journal of a Soul I think the Lord Jesus has in store for me, before I die, for my complete mortification and purification and in order to admit me to his everlasting joy, some great suffering and affliction of body and spirit. Well, I accept everything and with all my heart, if it is for his glory and the good of my soul and for the souls of my dear spiritual children. I fear my weakness in bearing pain; I implore... Read More

Demons & the Natural, Preternatural & Supernatural

October 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Dear Fr. Fortea, how do the natural, preternatural, and supernatural realms relate to demons? The natural deals with the laws of the physical world, i.e., the workings of nature, whereas the preternatural concerns things or events which appear outside or apart from (Latin praeter) the laws of the physical world. The supernatural concerns things or events beyond or above (Latin super) any created nature; it is proper only to God... Read More

Am I experiencing intellectual gluttony? – Part II of III

October 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Gluttony, Sin, Spiritual Life

Dear Father John, there is just too much to read! I feel like I should be reading more about my faith and the spiritual life, because I want to grow more. But I am so frustrated, because even if I would spend all day reading, I feel like I would barely be scratching the surface. So I get tense, confused, and then I don't do anything. What's going on with me, and what I should I do about this? In our first post, we discussed... Read More

Sharon Lee Giganti – Navigating the Interior Life

October 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Marta Goodwin, Navigating the Interior Life

Sharon Lee Giganti: Advance Praise for “Navigating the Interior Life: Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God” Sharon Lee Giganti This book is positively rich in “helps” for the person seeking sound spiritual direction, and wanting to learn how to rightly order and cultivate a good interior life. Dan Burke has written the “go-to” guide for any question you have about spiritual direction and making progress... Read More

Regis Flaherty – Praise for Navigating the Interior Life

October 28, 2012 by  
Filed under Marta Goodwin, Navigating the Interior Life

A plan is necessary for the success of any endeavor. The spiritual life is no exception. Dan Burke’s accessible book provides a framework for anyone seeking to grow in relationship with our Lord. I am amazed at the amount of helpful material that is packed in this modest-sized book. It certainly will help those in the early stages of their spiritual walk and it also will provide perspective for those further along in their spiritual... Read More

Do Demons Experience Time?

October 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Do Demons Experience Time? Dear Father Fortea, do demons experience time like we do? Yes, in a sense. As pure spirits, angels and demons exist outside of earthly, material time. However, they do experience a type of “spiritual” time–“a before and an after” to their acts of understanding and will. Whenever we speak of “before” and “after,” we are speaking of some sort of time. This time is called aeveternal (from... Read More

Book Club – Journal of a Soul (Week 7 of 12)

October 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Journal of a Soul   Patriotism vs. Nationalism “Patriotism, which is right and may be holy, but may also degenerate into nationalism, which in my case would be most detrimental to the dignity of my episcopal ministry, must be kept above all nationalistic disputes. The world is poisoned with morbid nationalism, built up on the basis of race and blood,in contradiction to the Gospel. In this matter especially, which is of... Read More

Am I experiencing intellectual gluttony? – Part I of III

October 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Faith, Fr. Bartunek, Sin, Spiritual Life

Dear Father John, there is just too much to read! I feel like I should be reading more about my faith and the spiritual life, because I want to grow more. But I am so frustrated, because even if I would spend all day reading, I feel like I would barely be scratching the surface. So I get tense, confused, and then I don't do anything. What's going on with me, and what I should I do about this? The good thing is that you are... Read More

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