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The Catholic Guide to Loneliness

  Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they address the growing epidemic of loneliness with Dr. Kevin Vost and interview him on his book The Catholic Guide to Loneliness. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is loneliness? Is social media causing people to become less connected? What are the three psychological and behavioral components to loneliness? What are some unhealthy manifestations of loneliness? Why... Read More

Differences in Demon possession, Mental Illness, Depression

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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Dear Father John, What is the difference between demon possession and mental illness or depression as you discuss in unit 122 of The Better Part? There is no cut-and-dried answer. Here are some basic principles: Not all psychological difficulties can be classified as mental illness. Some are linked to changeable patterns of behavior or basic human maturity issues. These can be remedied by healthy living, sense of community, human... Read More

Despair, Discernment, and Distractions in Prayer

Description: Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about despair, discernment, and distractions in prayer. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How do we discern or recognize if we're under spiritual attack? How should one discern his or her vocation? How does mental prayer affect our ability to discern properly? How can we properly discern the truth from lies in our thoughts? How can I keep my thoughts from wandering... Read More

Facts about the Devil from an Exorcist

October 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Demonology, Spiritual Warfare

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The Pride of Lucifer and His Acolytes God, in His infinite power, created multitudes of angels, an impressive, incalculable number. One day during an exorcism Father Candido Amantini — a Passionist priest and my great teacher — asked a demon: “How many are you?” The demon responded: “We are so many that if we were visible we would obscure the sun.” The demon on that occasion gave information that we have no reason... Read More

An Exorcist and a Journalist Explore Eastern Meditation and Mindfulness

Should a Catholic Practice Mindfulness? Eastern meditation techniques are a growing fad to relax and alleviate stress and anxiety.  Some of it has even slipped into corners of the Church presented as something that can co-exist with Catholic spirituality. But according to an exorcist and an author on A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, such meditations are contrary to the Catholic faith and neither healthy nor even harmless. Father... Read More

Do Ghosts Really Exist?

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Spiritual Warfare

Dear Father Kerper: It seems like there is a lot of evidence that there are ghosts that haunt people’s homes. Do ghosts really exist? Thanks very much for your question about the reality of ghosts. Some people, of course, would brush it off as a silly thing to ask, but it actually leads us to consider anew two key Christian beliefs: first, that every human person is a communion of body (matter) and soul (spirit); and second,... Read More

The Effects of Holy Water

The question naturally presents itself: whence come the effects of holy water? For the effects of holy water we are indebted principally to our divine Savior. He merited for us the graces we obtain through its usage by His bitter Passion and death. Holy Church, however, who is the custodian of these precious and infinite treasures of grace merited by our Lord, has, in view of these merits, attached these effects to holy water.... Read More

Angels, Ghosts, and Godparents

Angels, Ghosts, and Godparents   Description: Have you ever wondered if ghosts exist or if damnation is real? Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson get the answers to these questions and more when they speak with Fr. Michael Kerper about his book A Priest Answers 27 Questions You Never Thought to Ask. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Why do godparents of a Catholic child need to be Catholic? What is the real role of a godparent? Is... Read More

Melancholic Temperaments, Desires, Temptations, God’s Will

Description: Today, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson answer your questions about melancholic temperaments, desires versus temptations, and discerning God's will. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can someone keep a melancholic, emotional temperament under control? What is wrong with the Buddhist practice of “mindfulness” popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn? What is the examen prayer? What is the difference between desires... Read More

The Mystery of Angels and Demons

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Angels, Demonology, Kristin Aebli

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 angels. Although unseen, angels... Read More

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