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A Reminder that Fornication is a Serious Sin that Can Exclude Us From Heaven

October 29, 2018 13 Comments
A Reminder that Fornication is a Serious Sin that Can Exclude Us From Heaven

The epistle from Monday’s daily Mass (30th Week of the Year) contains an admonition against unchastity. This grave warning is essential in times like these, when many call good or “no big deal” what God calls sinful. This is especially true in the realm of sexuality; entire sectors of society not only tolerate but even […]

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Five Biblical Lists of Mortal Sins

October 17, 2018 7 Comments
Five Biblical Lists of Mortal Sins

The first reading for Wednesday of the 27th Week of the Year, from Galatians, spoke to sins that exclude one from the Kingdom of Heaven. If one dies unrepentant from committing any of these sins, one cannot go to Heaven but rather must be excluded in Hell. It is an important reminder to pay heed […]

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False Teachers – What is a Catholic to Do?

October 8, 2018 16 Comments
False Teachers – What is a Catholic to Do?

In the first reading at daily Mass for Monday of the 27th Week, St. Paul warns of perhaps the most damaging evil facing the Church: dissension from within. I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by the grace of Christ for a different gospel (not that there is […]

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Learning to Name Sins Is to Have More Power Over Them – Part Two

September 30, 2018 13 Comments
Learning to Name Sins Is to Have More Power Over Them – Part Two

Recently I wrote about the need to recover a vocabulary of sin and posted an example related to lying. A good number of readers asked for the other lists I have been compiling. I include them here along with introductory material similar to that in the first post. These lists are always a work in […]

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Learning to Name Sins Is to Have More Power Over Them

September 23, 2018 12 Comments
Learning to Name Sins Is to Have More Power Over Them

Over the years we have steadily been losing the vocabulary of sin. Saying “I have sinned” is often replaced by “I made a mistake,” or “I made a poor decision,” or “I’m sorry if my behavior was hurtful in some way.” Not only are we slow to say we have sinned, we are also ignorant […]

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Knowing the Bad News Unlocks the Good News

September 20, 2018 7 Comments
Knowing the Bad News Unlocks the Good News

Some people suggest that the Church should speak less of sin and instead emphasize positive things. After all, it is said that one can attract more flies with honey than with vinegar. In that vein, we in the Church have been collectively de-emphasizing sin to a large degree for decades, and yet our churches have […]

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How Can a Demon, Driven Out, Return with Seven More?

September 3, 2018 19 Comments
How Can a Demon, Driven Out, Return with Seven More?

The Gospel for Tuesday of the 22nd Week of the Year features Jesus casting out a demon, easily dispatching it. There is another parable, however, in which a cast-out demon returns with seven others. It is puzzling that the house (soul) being “swept and clean” brings further trouble. One would think that a house in such a state […]

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Exorcism’s Ultimate Power Is the Word of God and the Prayer of the Church

August 30, 2018 4 Comments
Exorcism’s Ultimate Power Is the Word of God and the Prayer of the Church

The following essay is a companion essay to another post I wrote on deliverance: God is More Powerful than Satan. When thinking of deliverance and exorcism there is a tendency to imagine that they involve wresting demons from their place through the menacing use of sacramentals (e.g., crosses, holy water, relics) and a battle of […]

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