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Spiritual Warfare: Insights from Exorcists

Spiritual Warfare: Insights from Exorcists   Face-to-face encounters with the devil are all in a day’s work for an exorcist; followed by dinner, prayers, and a good night’s sleep. They walk amid evil on angels’ wings with unwavering confidence in the power of God. A few years ago, I was invited to the movie junket for The Rite, a story about the training of an exorcist.  I considered... Read More

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer

Difficulties in Prayer and the Importance of Posture in Prayer Overcoming difficulties in prayer and the importance of posture in prayer.  What are the Church’s guidelines about kneeling and genuflecting? Dan and Melissa discuss these topics and more as they answer questions from listeners. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Has Dan always found spending time with God in prayer easy? Does... Read More

Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Posts (and Their Links) By Various Authors on SpiritualDirection.com

January 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Demonology, Occult, Spiritual Warfare

A Comprehensive List of Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Posts (and their Links) by Various Authors on SpiritualDirection.com POSTS BY VARIOUS AUTHORS:   Posts by Father John Bartunek: Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Introduction to Spiritual Warfare – Part I Introduction to Spiritual Warfare  – Part II Introduction to Spiritual Warfare  – Part III – What is the devil up to? Introduction... Read More

Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil (Part I of II)

Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil Part I of II Dear Father John,  I seem to be constantly tempted to, or away from, one thing or another.  I would like to arm myself as much as possible against this spiritual darkness.  Would you help me understand attacks of the devil? SECULAR ATHEISTS CAN develop strong willpower and natural prudence,  and they can put them to work in the service of impressive... Read More

Invisible Allies: Retreat Guide on St Michael and the Angels

INVISIBLE ALLIES: A RETREAT GUIDE ON ST MICHAEL AND THE ANGELS The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, Invisible Allies: A Retreat Guide on St. Michael and the Angels, is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. Angels are not human beings who have died, gone to heaven, and earned their wings. The classic Frank Capra film, It’s a Wonderful Life, got that part wrong. Angels are purely spiritual... Read More

Human Frailty – 30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 25

Human Frailty 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 25 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio How can we recognize temptations from the enemy when they are disguised as good works? What do our human frailties have to do with this? Join Dan and Melissa as they discuss St. Teresa’s advice to a friend in a letter from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Does God... Read More

Delusions the Devil Suggests to Sinners

THE DELUSIONS WHICH THE DEVIL SUGGESTS TO SINNERS Let us imagine a young man who has fallen into grievous sins, which he has already confessed, and who is restored to the friendship of God. The devil again tempts him to relapse; the young man resists for a while, but in consequence of the delusions suggested by the enemy, he begins to vacillate. “Tell me, young man,” I say to him, “what... Read More

How Do I Love God With All My Heart?

January 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Loving God, Praise, Prayer

Dear Father John, I want to love God with all my heart, but I don’t know where to start. How do I do this? LOVING GOD WITH all your heart means desiring him above all things and making your intimate, personal relationship with him into the highest priority of your life, the center around which every other facet of your existence finds its proper and glorious place. But how do you do that? How... Read More

Will Evil Exist Forever? – An Exorcist Responds

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Evil, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Will Evil Exist Forever? An Exorcist Responds Will Evil Exist Forever? Will Evil Exist Forever? Father Fortea, will evil exist forever? Yes, in a certain sense. The clear teachings of Sacred Scripture and the Church affirm that both demons and condemned human beings will exist for all eternity in hell. In this sense evil will exist indefinitely. Evil will exist forever within these fallen angels and... Read More

Temptations: From Ourselves or the Devil?

Temptations: From Ourselves or From the Devil? Father Fortea, can we distinguish temptations that come from ourselves from those that come from the devil? There is no way to distinguish temptations of demonic origin from those that come from within us. Demons tempt us by infusing thoughts in our minds. In other words, a demon introduces into our reason, memory, and imagination intellectual objects... Read More

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