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Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself

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 Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself The old adage: An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure, is especially true in the spiritual realm.  The exorcism and deliverance ministry usually addresses problems arising from a lack of spiritual protection or someone purposely opening the door to evil. Fr. Patrick (not his real name) a parish priest who has been a diocesan exorcist for 6 years, advises people to stay close... Read More

Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You

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Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You The Ten Commandments are not good because God gave them to us; he gave them to us because they are good. You don’t have to believe God or even believe in God to realize that the rules for everlasting life are also good rules for just plain living. (Click on the underlined links to read just some of the research I found to back up the Ten Commandments.) I. I am the Lord your... Read More

Enhance Your Spiritual Direction with the Saints

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Enhance Your Spiritual Direction with the Saints   Spiritual direction is a tool that helps shape us into the saints God created us to be. It is natural that while striving to become saints, we would look to the saints themselves to guide us. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, who will soon be canonized by Pope Francis, is an example of one who sought holiness through the example of those who had gone before her. Saint John... Read More

Fasting is Not a Diet

February 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Conversion, Fasting, Lent, Patti Maguire Armstrong

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Fasting is not a Diet   What is the difference between a religious fast and a diet? Dieting is about your body and health. Fasting is about your soul, God, and answers to prayer. Both are good; one is infinitely superior. With a diet, incentives are many. Fitting into a smaller size is the Holy Grail of fashion and appearance. Feeling and looking good is the reward that gets us through a rumbling stomach. And then there are... Read More

On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle

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On the Feast of the Holy Family: Our Own Family Circle  Could failure to follow God’s commands be robbing your family of grace? God not only became one of us, but he was born into a family with parents: Our Blessed Mother Mary, and a father, St. Joseph.  There’s no escaping the message that families are intended to be holy places for children to grow and prepare to enter the world. The Fourth Commandment orders us to: “Honor... Read More

Join the Releasers!

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Join the Releasers! Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day) An Irish nun from St. Albert the Great school in Dearborn, Mich. once told our second grade class that if we said 10 Our Father’s, 10 Hail Mary’s, and 10 Glory Be’s, we would release someone from Purgatory. I imagined how happy I had just made someone whenever I completed the 3 decades of prayer. I don’t know if she was theologically... Read More

Contemplating Jesus through Mary of Nazareth

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Contemplating Jesus Through Mary of Nazareth   Oh to be a mother—so many reasons to both worry and rejoice from pregnancy onward. But to be the Mother of the Savior…who can imagine it? Every mother contemplating the Christmas story surely must consider what it would have been like to have an angel announce our pregnancy or ride on a donkey with no place to rest during labor except a manger. But still, as we pick up socks... Read More

Why Porn and Marriage Don’t Mix

February 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Lust, Patti Maguire Armstrong, Sin

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Why Porn and Marriage Don’t Mix Even the non-religious world is coming to understand that pornography is not good for anyone. In the [TED] talk The Great Porn Experiment, Gary Wilson presents studies and images of the brain to clearly show how damaging it is. In spite of these revelations, it’s being promoted in unexpected circles as a good thing for couples in a committed relationship. For instance, The Huffington Post, a... Read More

Using the Catholic Faith as Part of Recovery

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Using the Catholic Faith As Part of Recovery Being Catholic is a walk with resolutions. Every confession and examination of conscious ends with the resolve to do better. Although real changes don’t come easy, we rely on God’s mercy and begin again after each fall. But add in an addiction and failing becomes habitual and can cause a person feel like he is beyond God’s mercy. Research reveals that pleasurable activities... Read More

Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching

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Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching Defending Catholic social teaching against the cultural current can make one feel like a hamster on a wheel–spinning in circles and getting nowhere fast. Truth and logic are rejected up against arguments that spring from a faulty foundation. Just as altering a sail does nothing to fix a sinking ship, and redecorating a house can’t improve a rotting infrastructure, likewise, logic will not... Read More

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