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Can One Be Condemned For Little Sins?

May 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Venial Sin

Father Fortea, can one be condemned for “little” sins? No. Eternal condemnation is so horrendous, so terrible, that it is reserved for grave sins. Only one who dies in a state of mortal sin is condemned to hell. This being said, every sin, no matter how small, is a step toward greater sin; every sin, no matter how slight, is a step in the direction of condemnation. No one can say: “I will only commit this small sin once and... Read More

Where Suffering Meets Sacrifice

May 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Where Suffering Meets Sacrifice The Sinner's Guide (Week 8 of 16) The just, knowing that God is their Father and the Physician of their souls, submissively and generously accept as the cure for their infirmities the bitter chalice of suffering. They look on tribulation as a file in the hands of their Maker to remove the rust of sin from their souls, and to restore them to their original purity and brightness.  – The Sinner’s... Read More

What to do When the Well Runs Dry? (Part I of II)

May 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Dear Father John, there was a time early in my prayer life that I experienced what I think is known as consolations. I have continued to grow in virtue and holiness (if I even know what that means) but my prayer life seems like it doesn’t match my life of virtue. I have listened to Dan Burke’s webinar on the three ways and I am grateful to say that I don’t struggle with habitual sin at all. But, I feel like my prayer life... Read More

Journey Home: Marcus Grodi interviews author Paul McCusker

May 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Conversion, Liz Estler, Paul McCusker, Videos

Author Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker Interviewed by Marcus Grodi on “The Journey Home” Show Author Paul McCusker on “The Journey Home” Show Interviewed by Marcus Grodi: Thanks to our friends at EWTN, we are pleased to share with you Marcus Grodi's recent interview on “The Journey Home” with author Paul McCusker. Besides being an author in his own right, Paul has also been involved with the dramatic audio production... Read More

What is the Process that Leads to Eternal Death?

May 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Fr. Fortea, Sin, Spiritual Warfare

Father Fortea, what is the process that leads to eternal death? As St. James teaches, “Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15). With great insight, these two verses describe the process that leads to the death of grace in the soul. Sin is not produced by itself nor does it... Read More

A Constellation of Saints

May 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Saints and Blesseds

There are as many saints as there are stars in the sky… The night sky in its magnificent beauty has beckoned to me ever since I was a small child. At night, especially on a summer’s night, I would slip away and sit on our front porch, or better still, I would lie on the grass and just look up at the stars. I learned to recognize one constellation from another and once in a while view an eclipse of the moon. That is why a statement... Read More

Peace Beats Happiness Any Day

May 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Sarah Reinhard

The Sinner’s Guide (Week 7 of 16) But none of them will ever be fully satisfied, for passion is as insatiable as the daughters of the horse-leech, which continually cry out for more and more. (Cf. Prov. 30:15). This leech is the gnawing desire of our hearts, and its daughters are necessity and concupiscence. The first is a real thirst, the second a fictitious thirst; but both are equally disturbing. Therefore, it is evident... Read More

Can Demons Tempt us to Pray?

May 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare

Dear Fr. John, I recently ran across a confusing statement from an ex-satanist, who claims that demons can encourage people to pray as a way of deceiving them. The author of the book I read wrote that demons will sometimes get people to pray all kinds of devotional prayers (rosary, chaplets, etc…) for many very specific intentions (almost treating the prayers like superstitions or magic invocations) in order to distract them... Read More

How Many of our Temptations Come From Demons?

May 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptations

Father Fortea, how many of our temptations come from demons? No one can say what percentage of our temptations comes from demons and what percentage comes from our own weakness. It is true that the devil can tempt us at our weakest point, i.e., with those sins he knows we are particularly vulnerable to committing. But it seems reasonable to think that the greater part of the temptations come from ourselves. We don’t need any... Read More

Holy Mass

Holy Mass   Presence of God – Give me, O Lord, a better understanding of the value and meaning of Your Eucharistic Sacrifice. MEDITATION The heart of liturgical worship is the Mass. Just as the redemptive work of Jesus reached its culminating point on Calvary by His death on the Cross, so too, the liturgical action, which continues His work in the world, has its climax in the Mass, which renews and perpetuates on our... Read More

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