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Understanding Dreams

December 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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Understanding Dreams   Dear Father John, I have a question and seeking an explanation. If any I’m a recovering addict and have spiritually renewed myself. Gave myself to God and my chains have been broken. Since then I have had two dreams or nightmares (if that’s what you call them) but they were both battling and fighting demons. The first dream I awoke feeling scared and a little confused. The second time I awoke... Read More

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

Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Posts (and Their Links) By Various Authors on SpiritualDirection.com

January 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Demonology, Occult, Spiritual Warfare

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A Comprehensive List of Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Posts (and their Links) by Various Authors on SpiritualDirection.com POSTS BY VARIOUS AUTHORS:   Posts by Father John Bartunek: Spiritual Warfare and Demonology Introduction to Spiritual Warfare – Part I Introduction to Spiritual Warfare  – Part II Introduction to Spiritual Warfare  – Part III – What is the devil up to? Introduction to Spiritual Warfare ... 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, one thing or another.  I would... Read More

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

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Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil Part I of II Dear Father John,  I seem to be constantly tempted to, or away from, one thing or another.  I would like to arm myself as much as possible against this spiritual darkness.  Would you help me understand attacks of the devil? SECULAR ATHEISTS CAN develop strong willpower and natural prudence,  and they can put them to work in the service of impressive and useful achievements.... Read More

Can Demons Repent?

March 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Catechism, Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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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 sin: 391 Behind the disobedient... Read More

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

Spiritual Warfare – Book Picks

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Because we are quickly rolling up on Halloween and the time of year when our culture is focused on the world of the spirits, I thought it would be fitting to turn our hearts to something holy and good – spiritual warfare. Before I reveal the book recommendations I wanted to also let you know that the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation will offer an upcoming course on this topic called “Angels and Demons.”... Read More

The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

September 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Challenges, Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Dear Father John, I’ve heard that talking about the devil is just a way to talk about bad things that happen. On the other hand, there are some people that claim there really is a devil. Is the devil for real? If so, why does God let him hang around when our purpose is to get to heaven? It seems so contradictory. THE DEVIL, OUR ancient enemy, really exists.... Read More

Significance to the Order of the Three Temptations of Jesus?

September 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

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Father Fortea, what order do the three temptations of Jesus in the desert follow? Is there any significance to this order? In the synoptic gospels, we see how the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness immediately prior to the start of His public ministry (see Mt 4:1-11; Mk 1:9-15; Lk 4:1-13). These temptations were those of bread, power, and worldly recognition. Now then, why would the devil tempt Jesus to worship him when he did... Read More

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