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Can Demons Read our Thoughts? — An Exorcist Responds

August 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

Can Demons Read Our Thoughts? Father Fortea, can demons read our thoughts? No. Though demons can tempt us, they cannot read our thoughts. With their great intelligence, they can guess what we are thinking – but they can never be absolutely certain. As spiritual beings, they are much more intelligent than we are, and as such, they can deduce things with greater accuracy and with fewer external signs than we can. But we always... Read More

Moments of Grace: Reconciling with God

August 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Penance/Confession, Spiritual Direction

While working as a Chaplain Associate a few years ago, I visited “Joe” in his hospital room. He stopped drinking about ten days before but was getting very sick. “Drinking is stupid,” he said, “I never used to drink. One day I had a little bit, and then a little more and then I was drinking a lot, every day.  Now, they’re doing tests and something might be wrong with my pancreas. I have a wife and little girl.... Read More

Donna Sue Berry: St Monica, Please Pray for Me

August 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Liz Estler, Poetry

Dear CSD Family, On this Memorial of St. Monica, we are blessed to introduce Donna Sue Berry, Catholic poet and author, who has started publishing her poems on-line, is working on the book “Catholic Poems from the Heart of a Red Dirt Oklahoma Girl,” and has recently had her full story featured in the on-line “Regina Magazine.” Donna Sue grew up Catholic and, as a child, even thought she might want to join the convent (she... Read More

Feel Like Expressing Yourself? Think Again

August 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Feel Like Expressing Yourself?  Think Again. The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur Week 5 of 12 Silence. To avoid speaking of myself, my troubles, my illnesses, and especially of my soul and the graces I have received from God. The abuse of confidences and indiscreet conversations easily lead to pride and egotistical absorption in oneself – an absorption, moreover, that does not help but, rather, hinders true recollectedness.... Read More

Searching for and Maintaining Peace – Book Recommendation

August 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Peace, Resources

Current social, economic, and political conditions are shaking the world. Those of us used to living in relative comfort are receiving the blessing of learning that we are not God and that we need God to provide even our most basic necessities. This has always and will always be true. However, when our jobs, our liberties, and our safety are threatened, and even our ability to provide the most basic things for ourselves and those... Read More

Discerning Private Revelations (Part I of II)

August 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Discernment, Fr. Bartunek, Private Revelation

My question is about claims of locutions and messages on various websites. It seems to me they're threatening readers that, unless Pope Francis proclaims “the 5th Marian Dogma” very soon, the world faces social destruction and nuclear war. I feel fearfully pressured to spend all my time in prayer as the time draws near. I've spoken to other priests and laity about this. I need your advice and help. To give detailed... Read More

Broken? Stanza X – Part II

August 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Becky Ward, Broken, Poetry

Broken? Stanza X Part II Your call Dear Lord, is to something better, where peace and love and grace abound. The soul united with its Master, this is where true joy is found. The desire for God is a built-in part of every human being. It’s like a homing device that attracts us to Him. This desire is also subtle, and in the noisy, chaotic world we live in, it can be difficult to discern; if we ignore it, it becomes all but... Read More

Can Demons Cause Nightmares?

August 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

Dear Fr. Fortea, can demons cause nightmares? Yes, even though there is no way of knowing when a nightmare has a natural cause or a demonic one. We can only suspect that it has a demonic cause when there are other indications that point to this. There are cases where no psychiatrist has been able to find a reasonable explanation, either conscious or subconscious, for a normal person to suffer every night for a month or more with... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part III of III)

August 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

In our last post we considered the power of God's love as the ground of married love. In this post, we will ponder the divine love which looks on marriage with resurrected eyes and delve deeper into the kind of prayer faithful marriage requires. Resurrected Eyes. The Gospels invite us to contemplate all marriage, even difficult and failed marriages, with resurrected eyes.  This is a perspective one gains by turning to the Cross.... Read More

Marriage, Prayer and the Cross (Part II of III)

August 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Marriage, Marriage Spirituality, Prayer

In the last post, we looked at St. Hildegard's vision in which hell is at war with marriage. In this war, human cleverness and resourcefulness are of limited value.  Only God can hold together what He has joined. In this post, we will ponder the power of God's love as the ground of married love. The Power of God's Merciful Love.  The merciful love of the Father is the mysterious love that joins husband and wife, and it is on... Read More

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