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Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part I of II)

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Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part I of II) Dear Fr. Bartunek, as usual, your reflections are quite helpful and I often share your wisdom with others. However, I have a big question regarding the idea that God permits some evil, and the suffering that comes from it, even the suffering of innocents. Recently, I had a discussion with my ob-gyn regarding assisted suicide, which is now legal... Read More

December 8, 2015: A Declaration of War Against Satan to Save the Christian Family!

December 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Solemnity

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December 8, 2015: A Declaration of War Against Satan to Save the Christian Family! Have you ever wondered the peculiar “coincidence” that the beginning and end of World War II began and ended on the two great Marian feasts that bookend Mary’s role in Salvation History? On the eve of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 7 December 1941, the United States endured the “surprise” attack... Read More

I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I do? (Part II of II)

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I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part II of II) Editor’s Note:  In Part I, we looked at the battle raging in the world since the beginning of time up until now, and the first thing we can about these circumstances, though our emotions may be contradictory.  Today we will examine the second thing we can do.  Here is the question we are examining, from one of our readers: Dear... Read More

I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part I of II)

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I Am Torn Between Contradictory Emotions: What Can I Do? (Part I of II) Dear Father John, In my daily prayer, I cannot help but feel myself torn between two emotions. One is the heartfelt desire to trust Jesus totally as I know he is present with me. The other is a human fear about the rise of demonic extremist Islam and the decline of our Judeo-Christian culture. I want to experience peace but so... Read More

On Evil Habits

March 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Evil, Lent, Meditations, Preparation for Death, Sin

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ON EVIL HABITS “The wicked man, when he is come into the depth of sins contemneth.” cf Proverbs 18:3 The evil inclination to sin is one of the greatest injuries which we have received from the sin of Adam. This made the apostle weep when he saw himself impelled by concupiscence to the very evil which he abhorred. “I see another law in my members…captivating me in the law of... Read More

God’s Grace and the Evil of Enmity with God

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ON THE GREAT ADVANTAGES OF THE GRACE OF GOD, AND THE GREAT EVIL OF BEING IN ENMITY WITH GOD “Man knoweth not the price thereof.” Job 28:13 “If,” says the Lord, “you separate the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth” (cf Jeremiah 15:19). They who know how to distinguish what is precious from what is vile, are like God, “who knows how to refuse the... Read More

The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

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The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Dear Father John, I’ve heard that talking about the devil is just a way to talk about bad things that happen. On the other hand, there are some people that claim there really is a devil. Is the devil for real? If so, why does God let him hang around when our purpose is to get to heaven? It seems so contradictory. THE DEVIL, OUR... Read More

Why Satan appears more often in the New Testament than the Old

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, why does Satan appear more frequently in the New Testament than in the Old? The term Satan appears eighteen times in the Old Testament and thirty-five in the New. The devil can be found thirty-six times. The term demon appears twenty-one times in the New Testament, while the Old Testament’s equivalent terms for demon (Lilith, etc.) appear much less. The New Testament is shorter than... Read More

Are Only those who Want to be Condemned, Condemned?

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Father Fortea, are only those who want to be condemned actually condemned? No one really wants to be condemned. But some choose to be condemned because their sinful actions exclude them from the life of blessedness. In the same way, no one really wants to spend their lives on earth full of hatred and wishing evil on one’s neighbor, but some choose to live this way, much to their own suffering. Consciously... Read More

What is the Greatest Evil?

March 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Sin, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, what is the greatest evil? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the greatest evil is sin (CCC 1488). Since God is love and sin leads to the rejection of His love, sin inevitably leads to hatred – of God, of humanity, of those around us, and of ourselves. Those who allow themselves to walk the path of hatred can reach the point where they hate all four objects with... Read More

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