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The Great Combat

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The Great Combat First Sunday of Lent Presence of God – O Jesus, I withdraw in spirit with You into the desert; teach me how to fight the triple concupiscence of the flesh, pride, and avarice. MEDITATION On this day, which is the real beginning of Lent, the Church invites us to the great combat, the struggle against sin which will bring us to the Easter resurrection. Our model is Jesus, who although exempt from the incitements... Read More

How Many of our Temptations Come From Demons?

May 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptations


Father Fortea, how many of our temptations come from demons? No one can say what percentage of our temptations comes from demons and what percentage comes from our own weakness. It is true that the devil can tempt us at our weakest point, i.e., with those sins he knows we are particularly vulnerable to committing. But it seems reasonable to think that the greater part of the temptations come from ourselves. We don’t need any... Read More

Temptations: From Ourselves or the Devil?

January 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptations

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Temptations: From Ourselves or From the Devil? Father Fortea, can we distinguish temptations that come from ourselves from those that come from the devil? There is no way to distinguish temptations of demonic origin from those that come from within us. Demons tempt us by infusing thoughts in our minds. In other words, a demon introduces into our reason, memory, and imagination intellectual objects proper to our understanding that... Read More

Which saints suffered from temptations and evil thoughts?

October 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Saints, Temptations

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Dear Father John, lately I have been experiencing an issue in relation to certain lines in certain prayers. I know that I heard a song blaspheme against the Holy Spirit. It was not something I expected when I heard the song. This was a while ago but now I have thoughts about God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and Mary. This happens even in church or while praying the Rosary. I ask God to not let these thoughts enter my mind,... Read More

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