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Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself

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 Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself The old adage: An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, is especially true in the spiritual realm.  The exorcism and deliverance ministry usually addresses problems arising from a lack of spiritual protection or someone purposely opening the door to evil. Fr. Patrick (not his real name) a parish priest who has been a diocesan exorcist for 6 years,... Read More

Should We Name our Guardian Angels?

September 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Guardian Angel

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Dear Father John, I know of a few people who recommend that we name our guardian angels. Is that something that is good to do? How do we go about doing this? Is there some particular prayer involved? And, if we don¹t give them the right name, is there a danger of invoking evil spirits instead? Thanks Father John. Devotion to our guardian angels is a good thing. It encourages us to be prayerful and... Read More

Where to Seek the Truth (Part I of II)

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Where to Seek the Truth Part I of II Dear Father John, I want to learn more about God but I don’t know how to tell good teaching from bad. Where can I find out the truth? That’s a very good question and I would like to begin by quoting from something that St. John Paul II wrote in the first year of his papacy: The Church wishes to serve this single end: that each person may be able to... Read More

Reading Non-Canonized Books of the Bible

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Dear Father John, I recently came back to the Church and one of the things that has really awakened me, other than the “Catholics Come Home” book, was the works of Dr. Peter Kreeft. I have found that in my ‘older’ age, theology is something that I am really enjoying reading and thinking about. My question is, is it ‘safe’ to read non-canonized books of the Bible?... Read More

Among Avila Texts, Bible and Catechism Rank First

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Bible and Catechism Rank First! Ranking first among the texts we use for courses at the Avila Institute are two books that every Catholic should not only own but should know very well: the Bible and Catechism of the Catholic Church. All our professors understand these to be indispensable for spiritual formation and growing closer to God. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “The Church... Read More

Bible Involved in Church’s Public Worship – How?

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Church’s Public Worship Have you ever wondered just how exactly the Bible is involved in the Catholic Church’s public worship? In “The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer,” a course in the Graduate program of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, you’ll find out. This course starts with an overview of the revelation of prayer from Genesis to Revelation as presented in the Catechism... Read More

How Being a Baptist Prepared Me to be a Good Catholic (I of IV)

August 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It After joining the ranks of the Catholics, it was my hope to avoid the smug former-smoker arrogance that sometimes comes with such a dramatic change. You know what I mean: the I-used-to-be-so-stupid-and-now-I-see-the-Light attitude that is, in and of itself, irritating. (In my slow journey to the Church, I picked up a couple of well-meaning books written by former Evangelicals who... Read More

Who are you?

May 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Self Knowledge

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Who are You? Who are you? You are God’s child (John 1:12) You are Christ’s friend (John 15:15) You are a member of Christ’s Body (1 Corinthians 12:27) You are a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20) You are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3) You are His chosen one in Him before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11) You are adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5) You are... Read More

The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible – Recommendation

October 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Books, Church Documents, Dan Burke, Resources

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If you are looking to better understand the scriptures through spiritual reading or study, there really is nothing out there that is anywhere close to the quality of this Bible. For a combination of faithfulness and usefulness, you can’t go wrong with this invaluable tool. Here’s the commercial… The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament brings together all of the books of the... Read More

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