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On the Feast of All Saints, a Pastoral Letter on Racism Reminds Us of the Communion of the Saints

November 1, 2017 12 Comments
On the Feast of All Saints, a Pastoral Letter on Racism Reminds Us of the Communion of the Saints

On the Feast of All Saints we celebrate men and women of every place and time who lived with great sanctity. Many of them are known to us and are among our great heroes of the Faith; even more are unknown to us. The most common hymn for this feast day is “For All the […]

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Promises, Promises – A Parable on the False Promises of This World

October 25, 2017 2 Comments
Promises, Promises – A Parable on the False Promises of This World

One of the great illusions under which we labor is that if we only get just one more thing from this world, then we will be happy. Perhaps we think that if we just had a little more money, or a better job, or the latest iPhone, or if we were married to so-and-so, or […]

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Labor Day Reflection: We need each other to survive

September 3, 2017 1 Comment
Labor Day Reflection: We need each other to survive

Labor Day makes me mindful of our interconnectedness; we need one another in order to survive. Consider how we are each called to contribute as well as how we benefit from the labor of others. Even that simple can of corn you pull from the grocery store shelf has thousands of people standing behind it: […]

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Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

August 16, 2017 14 Comments
Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

One of the more puzzling aspects of demonology is the freedom that Satan and demons appear to have in roaming the earth, causing trouble. If the condemned are consigned to Hell for all eternity, why is Satan allowed to wander about outside of Hell? Isn’t he supposed to be suffering in Hell along with his […]

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Beware the Sins of the Pious – A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us

August 8, 2017 6 Comments
Beware the Sins of the Pious – A Reflection on the Ways Satan Uses Even Good Things to Entrap Us

What is temptation? It is the work of Satan to drag you to Hell. He can read you like a book, play you like piano. Do not exaggerate his power—but do not underestimate it either. Some of Satan’s subtlest work is done in the area of religious observance. There, he can cloak himself in the lamb’s […]

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Getting Unbound: A Reflection on Deliverance Ministry

August 6, 2017 17 Comments
Getting Unbound: A Reflection on Deliverance Ministry

There is wide interest today in the topic of exorcism. The publication in 2010 of Matt Baglio’s The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist and the subsequent movie and interviews with Fr. Gary Thomas have sparked some of this interest. Prior to this, books such as An Exorcist Tells His Story, by Fr. Gabriele […]

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What Is It That Most Distracts Us?

August 3, 2017 1 Comment
What Is It That Most Distracts Us?

We think of distractions as coming mostly from the world around us, but is that really true? Consider the following, drawn from the stories of the early desert Fathers and monastic experience: Sometimes there would be a rush of noisy visitors and the silence of the monastery would be shattered. This would upset the disciples; […]

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Three Characteristics of the Diabolic That Are Widely Evident Today

July 26, 2017 8 Comments
Three Characteristics of the Diabolic That Are Widely Evident Today

The video at the bottom of this post is of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. It is a fascinating excerpt from a longer presentation he did. In it, he analyzes the diabolic (anything of or relating to the Devil) from several different perspectives. Archbishop Sheen identifies three characteristics of the diabolic by examining the story of […]

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