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Who Is Your Real Enemy and What Are His Tactics?

In the aftermath of the recent election, our country and our parishes are divided. Some people are hurt and angry while others are jubilant and hopeful. But although we often square off in opposing corners and stare fearfully at each other, we should remember our common enemy, the Devil. There’s a saying that warring brothers […]

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5 Ways the Devil Attacks During Lent

Feeling more temptation than usual? ‘Tis the season, and here’s how to recognize and respond to it: The Lord said to satan, “Very well, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on him.” – Job 1:12 I don’t know about you but ever since I returned to the […]

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Pope Warns Against 3 Temptations That Threaten God’s Dream for UsDuring Mass in Ecatepec, Francis Departs From Script to Say ‘Don’t Dialogue With Devil,’ Because ‘He Will Always Win’

ZENIT-2/16/2016: Pope Francis has reminded Mexican faithful that Lent is a time to rediscover our joy as God’s children, and warned against three daily temptations that seek to destroy our Father’s plan for us. The Holy Father did this during the Mass he celebrated this morning in Ecatepec, Mexico, during his second full day in […]

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Help Me Understand Attacks of the Devil

Dear Father John,  I seem to be constantly tempted to, or away from, one thing or another.  I would like to arm myself as much as possible against this spiritual darkness.  Would you help me understand attacks of the devil? SECULAR ATHEISTS CAN develop strong willpower and natural prudence,  and they can put them to […]

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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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Spiritual Combat and Your Weapons of Choice

The word of God teaches us that our life on earth is warfare and the Lord reminds us that if we have decided to follow the Lord we must be prepared for combat. The Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens the Gifts of the Holy Spirit within our souls and transforms us into “Soldiers of Christ” the […]

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The Devil is Real

Is the devil real? Here is Msgr. Ronald Knox on that: “It is stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil, when he is the only explanation of it.” Monsignor Knox, eminent British convert, author, retreat master and translator of the Bible, may have been indulging in irony. But irony doesn’t […]

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Recognize the power of the evil demon

[Abba John] related with regard to another old man living in the desert, that he had asked God to grant him never to become sleepy during a spiritual conference, but, if someone uttered slanderous or useless words, to be able to go to sleep at once, so that his ears should never be touched by […]

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Satan, Sin, and Sociology

In his first homily, given on March 14th, Pope Francis cautioned the faithful that “he who does not pray to the Lord, prays to the devil.” “When we do not profess Jesus Christ,” he further insisted, “we profess the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.” Since that day, he has spoken often of the […]

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Learn to Recognize the Dark forces that Affect Marriage

One of the areas where spiritual warfare is most prevalent is in our homes and our marriages. Here Satan attacks with ferocity. His goal: division. He creates sudden upwellings of often vicious and irrational emotions. When we realize this, it has far less chance of what it seeks: Divide and conquer is his strategy. As […]

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