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Do demons experience pleasure?

February 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Dear Fr. Fortea, do demons experience pleasure? If so, how? Yes, but only in a spiritual sense. As a pure spirit, a demon can derive pleasure only with his intelligence and will. Intellectual pleasures might seem less intense or real than the pleasures of the senses, but this is not the case. Pleasures of the intellect can be as sublime and varied as those of the five senses. Think about the enjoyment that reading a good book,... Read More

Forsake Not the Discipline

“Forsake not the discipline.” These words are reported as among the very first and very last teachings of St. Antony of the Desert by his spiritual son, St. Athanasius. The Christian life is not something we master – but it does give us everything we need to master ourselves in the new and unrepeatable circumstances each day, each moment, brings.  Every day we must choose to begin to live the Christian life as... Read More

Video – How can I forgive?

February 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Forgiveness, Fr. Bartunek, Videos

How Can I Forgive? Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke discuss forgiveness, and ways that we can overcome the challenges we face when wounded by others. Father John and Dan discuss issues associated with the struggle to forgive and how central it is to the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially in the prayer Jesus taught us in the Our Father.  Is forgiveness the face of love in a fallen world? What does mercy have to do with it?  Does... Read More

The Wounds of a Savior

February 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Prayer, Rosary, Suffering

I was resting my head on the stiff airplane seat, exhausted from having woken up so early to get on my flight. As my New Year's resolution, I had decided to initiate a strictly spiritual commitment, having felt the urge to jump-start my prayer life. I promised myself to recite the rosary once a day, in honor of my consecration to Mary, as well as to meditate on the mysteries of the rosary. I had been faithfully fulfilling my prayer... Read More

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle

February 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Praying Through Art

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle + “Out of the whole world one man, Peter, is chosen to preside at the calling of all nations, and to be set over all the apostles and all the fathers of the Church. Though there are in God's people many bishops and many shepherds, Peter is thus appointed to rule in his own person those whom Christ also rules as the original ruler. Beloved, how great and wonderful is this sharing... Read More

Spiritual Liberty in the Night

In order to secure our true liberty, even while we were enslaved to sin, Christ suffered the night of death and ransomed us by His blood. This is why the Lord respects human freedom, even when it is the source of great sorrow. Aware of our frailty, God does not overpower our freedom but delights to work through it in a very gentle and beautiful way. As a result, it is easy to frustrate His work in us.  At the same time, we can... Read More

What does it mean to “offer it up”? Catholic Spiritual Direction Video

February 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Suffering, Videos

“Offer it Up”: What Does it Mean? In this video, Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about what it means to join in the redemption of Christ through suffering. If you are alive, you are suffering in some way. With this video you will gain perspective on that suffering and how you can use it to grow in your relationship with Christ and to aid others in their redemption. How did Jesus save us?  Not by eliminating suffering... Read More

Nescivi – A Cry of A Heart in Love with God

“Nescivi!”  This is the Latin for what it seems the Shulamite Bride of the Canticle of Canticles sings in 6:12.  The passage is difficult to translate.  One 16th Century Doctor of the Church, Saint John of the Cross, understood it to be the declaration of a lover captivated with thoughts of her Beloved.  The Latin means “I no longer know (anything)” although some modern English translations of this obscure... Read More

Pope Benedict and the Voice of God

February 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Pope

Over the last few days, I've been pondering what the prayer of Pope Benedict's heart must have been during these past weeks. What was it like for him? What was happening in his interior life, in his heart to heart conversations with Jesus? What was he saying to Jesus? And what was Jesus saying to him? The Holy Father most likely will never reveal to us what was happening in the intimacy of his prayer that led him to this decision;... Read More

Love Songs in the Night

February 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, John of the Cross, Love, Prayer

With rich biblical imagery, St. John of the Cross describes the soul as a jubilant bride who sings mysterious verses and wants nothing other than to live in intimacy with her bridegroom. She ventures out with courage while the beauty of night cloaks her from anyone and anything that might prevent her from finding the One for whom her heart longs.  This living icon of the Church, tenderly touched and delicately embraced by her... Read More

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