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Following the Star

January 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Epiphany, Solemnity

Following the Star   Epiphany is a celebration of the manifestation of the Lord to the whole world.  Pope St. Leo says it is the day that Abraham saw and longed to see.  This celebration includes the mystery of a radiant star whose mysterious light draws pilgrims from afar. It is a light that shows, discloses and reveals where those who seek the Lord might find him. The radiant splendor of... Read More

How do I Love God with My Whole Mind? (Part II of II)

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How do I Love God with My Whole Mind? Part II of II Editor’s Note: In part I, we looked at what Christianizing the mind entails. Then, Father John went on to explain the first two of the three interrelated functions of the human mind: information gathering and thinking deeply. Today we will examine the third function: remembering, and the power of memory, which is connected to remembering. Here,... Read More

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part I of IV)

June 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Carmelite Sisters, Dark Night, Faith

Keeping Faith Alive During Life’s Dark Nights (Part I of IV) When you come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly. (Barbara Winter) It is foggy. The fog is so thick you could slice it. You step onto the plane and take... Read More

Fatima, Mary and the Moslems

May 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary, Rosary

Fatima, Mary and the Moslems In our last reflection, we looked at the supernatural significance of the year 1917 as a year of two competing revolutions: one against God and the other restoring all things in God through His Mother – as the unprecedented Marian age since 1830 has undoubtedly confirmed. We looked briefly at how atheistic Communism is at the heart of the world’s evils as it completely... Read More

Feast of St Mark the Evangelist

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Feast of St Mark the Evangelist St Mark the Evangelist, copyright 2013 by Corbert Gauthier St Mark the Evangelist, a cousin of Barnabas, accompanied St. Paul on his first missionary journey and later went with him to Rome. He was a disciple of St. Peter whose teaching was the basis for Mark’s gospel. Mark is said to be the founder of the church of Alexandria [cf the Office of Readings, for the... Read More

Why is the Devil Called “The Accuser”?

October 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

Father Fortea, why is the devil called “The Accuser”? “For the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God” (Revelation 12:10). Every time we sin, Satan rejoices, and he never lets pass an opportunity for pointing out our offenses to God. In this sense, he “accuses” us before the Creator. Remember: when the devil wants to talk... Read More

Is the Devil the Beast in the Book of Revelation?

September 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

The Beast in the Book of Revelation Father Fortea, is the devil the beast in the book of Revelation? No. The book of Revelation clearly distinguishes between the three key figures who will arise in opposition to Christ and the Church at the end of time: the Antichrist, the beast, and the dragon (or serpent). Whereas the Antichrist is a man, the beast is a political power that brings war to the earth.... Read More

Can Demons Cause Disasters and Accidents?

September 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

Father Fortea, can demons cause disasters and accidents? If demons had the freedom to cause natural disasters, the whole world would fall into chaos. So the short answer is no – demons cannot cause disasters and accidents at will. Why? Simply because God prevents them from doing so. Storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters ordinarily happen as a result of natural causes. Nonetheless,... Read More

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