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A Conversation Between Demons

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Most people are not aware that conversations between demons actually happen. One record of such a conversation between demons is available to us through the brilliant mind of C.S. Lewis and the Screwtape Letters. Lewis reveals that Screwtape is a senior demon who is teaching a younger demon to tempt a Christian to sin, despair,and faithlessness. Lewis’ insight into the reality of demonic temptation is extraordinary and powerful.... Read More

Journey Home: Marcus Grodi interviews author Paul McCusker

May 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Conversion, Liz Estler, Paul McCusker, Videos

Author Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker Interviewed by Marcus Grodi on “The Journey Home” Show Author Paul McCusker on “The Journey Home” Show Interviewed by Marcus Grodi: Thanks to our friends at EWTN, we are pleased to share with you Marcus Grodi’s recent interview on “The Journey Home” with author Paul McCusker. Besides being an author in his own right, Paul has also been involved with the dramatic audio... Read More

The Crisis that Led to “A Christmas Carol”

December 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It In 1843 Charles Dickens was in trouble. After writing a series of best-selling novels – The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickleby, he had seen a down-turn in his popularity. The serialized The Old Curiosity Shop had proven controversial due to the heart wrenching death of a main character,  Barnaby Rudge and Martin Chuzzlewit simply didn’t capture the interest of his readers (the latter... Read More

Finding Truth in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part II of II)

December 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Finding Truth in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part II of II) In part one, we looked at the different themes that run through the film “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Today, we will examine why it seems that Pope Francis should like this film and the fact that it succeeded even when many did not consider it a success until much, much later. I don’t know if Pope Francis likes It’s A Wonderful Life but,... Read More

Finding Truth in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part I of II)

December 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Christmas, Paul McCusker, Seasonal

Author Paul McCusker

Finding Truth in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Part I of II) Life, As I Find It In 1945, Academy Award-winning director Frank Capra returned to feature-filmmaking after spending the previous five years serving his country during World War 2. He was nervous. Did he still have the right creative sensibilities to produce films people would want to see? It’s remarkable to think that the man behind such classics as It... Read More

The Dead Unremembered

November 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It There is a pitiable verse in Psalm 31 about being like the “dead unremembered” – a broken pot, discarded and forgotten. It is a visceral lament. Few, if any of us, would want to die believing we had contributed so little to the lives of those who knew us that we could simply vanish from memory or the continuity of the human record. A lot of people died on Nov. 22nd, 1963. Mothers, fathers, husbands,... Read More

Pope Francis and Experiential Anxiety

November 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It My friend Anne called in a state of great agitation about her husband Jack. They had been arguing, she explained, and now she hoped I might talk to her husband before he succumbed to despair. I was alarmed. I wasn’t sure how I could be of help – I’m not a counselor, nor particularly smart – but said I’d try. What was the argument about? Pope Francis had given yet another interview, she said.... Read More

The Very Real World of Screwtape

October 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Paul McCusker, Spiritual Warfare

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It While working on the notes for C.S. Lewis’ The Annotated Screwtape Letters, I decided to do a little reading about the real world of demons. I picked up Hostage To The Devil: The Possession and Exorcism of Five Contemporary Americans by Malachi Martin, a remarkable study that was meticulously researched and lucidly written without succumbing to sensationalism. It was an unnerving and horrific reading experience... Read More

The Anglican Bridge (Part II of II)

October 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Conversion, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life as I See It I have written elsewhere that the genius of Anglicanism was in its integration of aspects of Catholicism with Reformation thought. As a Protestant, this was appealing to me because of its familiarity. As someone who didn’t know much about Catholicism, I didn’t realize just how Catholic many of its practices were. The more I studied and became more engaged in Anglicanism, the more I believed it was the best... Read More

The Anglican Bridge (Part I of II)

October 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Conversion, Paul McCusker

Author Paul McCusker

Life, As I Find It As I’ve written elsewhere, my formative years were spent as a Baptist. Then, after a move to Southern California in the second half of the 1980s, I attended a variety of non-denominational Evangelical Churches. I have described that period as a spiritual wilderness for me, as I was alienated by what the so-called Seeker Movement had done to many churches. Well-intentioned evangelism had given way to a superficially... Read More

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