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Disobedience of the Fallen Angels

Thanks for good answer, but still I find room for expansion. For example, if the Devils knew very clearly that their disobedience would have made them miserable, did they possess a complete picture of their future situation when they rebelled? Or are they so masochistic that they like to be miserable? Also, why our Good Lord would give them a kind of role in the following creation of humans, as e.g.... Read More

The Mystery of Angels and Demons

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Kristin Aebli, Spiritual Warfare

The Mystery of Angels and Demons “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.” God created purely spiritual beings called... Read More

Can Demons Repent?

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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... Read More

How Many of our Temptations Come From Demons?

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.... Read More

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... Read More

Can Demons Cause Mental Illness?

July 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

Dear Fr. Fortea, can a demon cause a mental illness in a person? Demons can tempt us, and they sometimes do so in a continuous way with great intensity. As such, a demon could provoke an obsession, phobia, depression, or another type of mental illness in a person. This can seriously disturb a person’s ordinary life to the point of making him unbalanced. So, yes, a demon can cause mental illness –... Read More

Navigating the Interior Life Wk 5 of 6

April 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

Navigating the Interior Life Week 5 of 6 St. Teresa of Avila in her powerful illumination of this place of spiritual growth revealed that getting through the “purgative way” can be a challenge that requires steadfast determination…. “Nevertheless, the assault which the devils now make upon the soul, in all kinds of ways, is terrible; and the soul suffers more than in the preceding... Read More

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