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Chief Exorcist Leaves Spiritual Testament

Father Gabriel Amorth warns against fixation on demons and recommends frequenting the sacraments as protection from Satan ROME, September 22, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – Father Gabriel Amorth, chief exorcist of Rome and author of several books on Satan and exorcism, has published his spiritual testament. The 90-year-old exorcist imparts wisdom gained from decades doing battle with […]

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Renouncing the World

A brother renounced the world and gave his goods to the poor, but he kept back a little for his personal expenses. He went to see Abba Anthony. When he told him this, the old man said to him, ‘If you want to be a monk, go into the village, buy some meat, cover your […]

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On the Devil and the modern rebellion against God

Perhaps no more than 100 years ago or so, I would think that society – both secular and religious – would have been shocked to see the amount of satanic artwork, music, and posturing exhibited by so many nowadays.  One need only open their eyes and look around – the T-shirts covered in pentagrams and […]

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Where Calumny is, There is the Devil

For the third time in as many weeks, Pope Francis has warned not to speak ill of others, and again mentioned the devil in another striking homily this morning in the chapel of the Vatican’s Santa Martha residence. Calumny, he said, is worse than sin and is the direct expression of Satan. “We are all […]

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When is a demon an demon?

When is something a demon and when is it something else — for example, a psychiatric effect? Or a superstition? Or the imagination (fiction)? There is “night terror” — a supposedly psychological circumstance in which people (especially youngsters) suffer such real fear during dreams that they sweat and shake uncontrollably or feel paralyzed. Just a […]

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Evagrius Ponticus and His Accounts of Demons

Reading the ancient ascetical writer, Evagrius Ponticus, is a rather wild experience. An immensely influential figure within Christian monasticism, especially in the East, Evagrius wrote works on theology, the monastic life, and other spiritual writings.  In the pages of his works on prayer and the ascetical life, one is immediately presented with a world populated […]

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The Spirits Around Us: What are our access points?

We write about the spirits around us, and this is a time of the year important in that regard; there have been mystics who’ve said it’s on Christmas that the greatest number of souls are released. Apparently, like certain hours of the night, like three a.m., at Christmastime the veil seems to thin. Fortunately, more […]

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Outburst

I suppose that many people at one time or another has trouble in dealing with very powerful emotions. They seem to have a life of their own these emotional reactions, coming to birth it seems explosively at times, or slowly building, until some form of expression must be articulated, often in destructive ways. I know […]

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All Hallow’s Eve Treat

Trick or Treat! Walt Disney’s original Fantasia was a classic mixture of classical music and animation. A bit dated by today’s standards it is still a beautiful use of the technology of the time. Children and adults are still fascinated by the movie. “Uncle Walt,” as so many of us knew him, was proud of […]

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Simple beyond measure.

You have heard from many all about the blessed Innocent, the priest of the Mount of Olives.  Nevertheless you will also hear from us, who lived with him for three years. He was simple beyond measure.  Once he had been one the palace dignitaries in the early days of Emperor Constantius. This Innocent was so […]

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