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Mid-Life: Cause for Crisis or Contentment?

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Finding God Through Meditation (Week 5 of 7) Consider…the continual motion of our life, never resting night nor day, but going forward without ceasing and every day more and more wastes itself; so that it may not unfitly be compared to a candle, which, by little and little, consumes itself, and when it gives the clearest light, the sooner it approaches unto its end; also a flower, which springs... Read More

Crossing Over the Sea of Mediocrity and Eternal Fire

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Crossing Over the Sea of Mediocrity and Eternal Fire Perhaps you were expecting a post along the lines of: “If you participate in Halloween,” you’re aiding and abetting evil. Well, depending on one’s intention, that may very well be the case. I look at the displays all over the yards here where my family lives and you can’t help but feel the evil influence lurking beneath seemingly “benign”... Read More

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

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Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil Part II of II Editor’s Note:  In part I, we looked at the first strategy of the devil in the spiritual struggle: corrupting the heart.  Today, we will examine the second and third strategies: turning aside the will and getting us to give up.  Here is the question we are considering: Dear Father John,  I seem to be constantly tempted to, or away from,... Read More

Obstacles to prayer: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila: Day 11 Reflections

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Obstacles to Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Reflections on Day 11 Why are we tempted to stop praying, and what are the consequences of doing so? Dan and Melissa share some of St. Teresa of Avila’s thoughts on these topics as documented in her letters from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Where does the temptation to stop praying come from? What... Read More

Can Demons Repent?

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Dear Father John, I understand that demons hate God, but they also suffer from being separated from Him. Is it possible that a demon could repent, and accept God as we can? The Catechism gives a direct answer to this question, so let’s start there. I will quote the four numbers in full, since they give an excellent summary of what we know about demons. It is located in the section discussing original... Read More

You are Perfect, Really

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You Are Perfect, Really Though Christ tells us to “be perfect” (Matthew 5:48), we tend to think of perfection as an impossible, unrealistic standard. “Nobody’s perfect.” “She thinks she’s so perfect.” Perfect is ‘done’, ‘finished’, ‘no more work needed’, ‘as good as can be’. This causes confusion in our souls. Satan twists Christ’s own words within us until we aren’t... 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

Can We Be Tempted Beyond our Strength to Resist?

January 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, can we be tempted beyond our strength to resist? No. Though we are weak creatures, God cares for us as His children. As the Bible states, “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Cor 10:13). God permits us to be tempted to test our obedience and freely... Read More

Why is the Devil Called “The Accuser”?

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

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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” (Rv 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 to God,... Read More

Do God and the devil Talk among Themselves?

October 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

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Father Fortea, do God and the devil really talk among themselves as in the book of Job? In the Scriptures, Satan speaks with God to throw in His face the sins that men commit. But this is not a real and authentic conversation. So do true conversations take place between God and the devil? The answer is no. Even though both God and the devil are spiritual beings (and spiritual beings, due to their very... Read More

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