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Spiritual Warfare: Insights from Exorcists

Spiritual Warfare: Insights from Exorcists   Face-to-face encounters with the devil are all in a day’s work for an exorcist; followed by dinner, prayers, and a good night’s sleep. They walk amid evil on angels' wings with unwavering confidence in the power of God. A few years ago, I was invited to the movie junket for The Rite, a story about the training of an exorcist.  I considered backing out after watching the movie... Read More

Understanding Dreams

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

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 feeling... Read More

Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation

Of Adversity and Resisting Temptation*   OF THE PROFIT OF ADVERSITY 1. It is good that we have sometimes troubles and crosses; for they often make a man enter into himself, and consider that he is here in banishment, and ought not to place his trust in any worldly thing. It is good that we be sometimes contradicted, and this, although we do and intend well. These things help often to the attaining of humility, and defend... Read More

Exorcist Advice on How to Protect Yourself

 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

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness

Discernment of Spirits Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness Description: This week, listen as Dan Burke and Melissa Elson discuss St. Ignatius' Discernment of Spirits: Rule 14 The Enemy Attacks in Weakness. Find out how to combat the wiles of the devil using the weapons of heaven and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show:  Rule 14. “The fourteenth: Likewise, he behaves as a chief bent on conquering... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 13 “False Quiet”

Description: The enemy of our souls wants to keep us quiet and our burdens secret when we enter spiritual desolation. This week Dan and Melissa discuss the way out of this “false quiet” with the wisdom of St. Ignatius' thirteenth rule of Discernment of Spirits. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 13: “The thirteenth: Likewise, he acts as a licentious lover in wanting to be secret and not revealed.... Read More

The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer

The Strength of the Enemy vs the Power of Prayer   Description: How strong is the enemy? Today Dan and Melissa discuss strength and weakness when faced with temptation from the enemy and how it relates to the active prayer life and the power of prayer.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is Saint Teresa of Avila’s advice about the tactics the enemy uses to dissuade those beginning to establish a prayer life? Cooperation... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 10 “Preparing for Spiritual Desolation”

Description: During this episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan and Melissa explore what it means to prepare oneself for spiritual desolation and to place one's confidence in God. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 10: “The tenth: Let him who is in consolation think how he will be in the desolation which will come after, taking new strength for then.” When in consolation, how do we prepare ourselves for upcoming... Read More

Discernment of Spirits: Rule 9 “Aridity vs Desolation”

Description: On today's show, Dan and Melissa talk about the causes of spiritual desolation using St. Ignatius' “Rule the Ninth” (Rule 9) of The Discernment of Spirits. They also discuss the difference between desolation vs aridity. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Rule 9: “There are three principal reasons why we find ourselves desolate. The first is, because of our being tepid, lazy or negligent in our... Read More

God’s Not Mean so Hell’s Not Possible

God’s Not Mean So Hell’s Not Possible   I had a conversation recently with a good and intelligent person who began by saying he didn’t believe in hell or the devil. The upshot of it was this: that God is good and forgiving and would never condemn anyone to unending suffering. He just wouldn’t do that. That would be mean and God can’t be mean. What he expressed, on one hand, was actually a beautiful statement of faith... Read More

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