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The Mystery of Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.” God created purely spiritual beings called angels. Although... Read More

Does God Heal After Death?

Does God Heal After Death?   People who do evil are sick…and, at death, God will heal them. In my last post, God’s Not Mean so Hell’s Not Possible, I related a conversation that I had recently. My friend had asserted that since God is all good He wouldn’t possibly send anyone to hell and eternal suffering. What bolstered his argument was this assertion: people who do evil are sick (i.e.... Read More

Introduction to Discernment of Spirits

Introduction to Discernment of Spirits This week Dan and Melissa explore Saint Ignatius of Loyola's techniques for tackling the negative thoughts and lies that enter into our minds and lead us away from God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the best way to expel the negative thoughts, lies, and/or feelings of depression that enter into our minds? Reject the lies and negative thoughts... Read More

Freedom

The 4th of July, for the United States, is a day to celebrate independence, liberty and freedom. But, what really is true freedom? God created us in His image and likeness and gave us free will. And, this free will is one of the ways in which we most resemble God. For that reason, God never violates our free will. Yet, we are never so free as when we freely choose the ultimate Good, God Himself. Our... Read More

Fallen away family member – What can I do?

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Dear Father John, how can I convince family members who have fallen away from the faith to come back to God and the Church? You can't. Only God can do that. But you can help. Here are some thoughts about how. There is more going on in this question than meets the eye. Almost every believer faces a question like this at some point in their journey. It can take different forms. Some of my priest colleagues... Read More

Finding Happiness Where You Least Expect It

September 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Self-Denial, Trent Beattie

Ask someone where happiness may be found, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Many of them, however, are centered on attaining something currently out-of-reach. The thinking goes like this: “If only I could make more money, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I had a nice car, then I would be happy.” Or “If only I could win that tennis tournament trophy, then I would be happy.” The problem... Read More

Does God interfere with our free will?

March 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Free Will

Dear Father John, when we pray for a good and holy intention for a soul, for example: for someone’s return to the Roman Catholic Faith and their Holy Death or that someone will resist committing a serious sin, am I correct in my understanding that Our Dear Lord will stand beside this Soul and bestow upon them the necessary Graces they will need to make the right and wise decision of returning back to... Read More

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