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Grace (Like in Sap)

June 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Grace, Joseph Hollcraft, Joy

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Grace (Like in Sap) Editor’s Note:  Having introduced Dr. Joseph Hollcraft to you in April as a Professor with the Avila Institute here, today we have the great pleasure of acquainting you with his writing.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home! I still remember the opening tune to the popular Saturday morning show Land of the Lost. My favorite subject matter in grade school... Read More

Jesus The Teacher of Sanctity

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Jesus the Teacher of Sanctity Presence of God – I need You always, my divine Master, because You alone are holy and can show me the true way of holiness. MEDITATION The knowledge of God in which eternal life consists, as Jesus has said, is not the kind of knowledge which stops at the enlightenment of our intellects, but knowledge which stirs up our wills to love the God whom we know, and which... Read More

What is Eternal Death?

February 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Fr. Fortea, Grace

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Father Fortea, what is eternal death? The human soul, as a spiritual reality, is immortal (see Catechism paragraph 366). Like any spirit, it is not subject to decay or illness; it cannot grow old or wear out. No matter what sins people commit, their souls cannot die in a metaphysical sense. They will exist forever.  Where they will exist forever – heaven or hell – is another matter. When... Read More

How to discern what comes with infused contemplation

October 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Anonymous, Contemplation, Prayer

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Dear Father Edward, when given the gift of infused contemplation, should there be any doubt that these are of God? My spiritual director has told me to listen and obey, write everything down, and if there are any doubts, to go back and read what the Lord has said and shown me. This has helped tremendously. I am a wretched sinful person, and fear that evil will invade or try to fool me in some way. You... Read More

Does the Holy Spirit work with those outside of the Church?

July 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holy Spirit

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Dear Father John, I thought I understood, more or less, how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. But in a recent faith sharing group, a question came up that made me wonder. Someone asked if the Holy Spirit would or would not be with un-baptized persons if they ask Holy Spirit to dwell in them or to give them fortitude in a difficult situation. This came up while we were discussing how God’s grace... Read More

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