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Resist ‘Idols’ of Money, Power, Pleasure

Aparecida, Brazil, Jul 24, 2013 / 08:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Openness to being surprised by God is an attitude which marks the life of a Christian, Pope Francis said in his homily at Brazil’s Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during his first World Youth Day Mass. “God always surprises us, like the new wine […]

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Say a Little Prayer For The Rich

Last week, we attended a conference for the 1%. ‘Everybody thinks the rich have such easy lives,’ said a psychologist and family therapist. ‘But you wouldn’t want the lives that a lot of 1% have. They’re often so cut off from meaning in their lives… from the warmth of normal relationships… and from the psychological rewards […]

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Sin can only be defeated by God

To uproot sin and the evil that is so imbedded in our sinning can  be done only by divine power, for it is impossible and outside man’s competence to uproot sin.  To struggle, yes, to continue to fight, to  inflict blows, and to receive setbacks is in your power.  To uproot,  however, belongs to God […]

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Lent Is Special Time to Cleanse and Protect Against Spirits

Though society and even the Church (can) often turn a blind eye to the workings of spirits, the fact is that they exist and the fact is also that — among their repertoire — is what might be called “spiritual transference”: spiritual energies can be transmitted through people, communication, and things, including at a distance. […]

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Prone to violence

I am a man prone to violence.  All of my life I have swam against this current, though it has often been difficult.  I understand violence; I also understand that there is a part of me that desires love, healing and peace.  I also believe that the so called cosmic war between good and evil is lived out […]

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The biggest lies

The biggest lies are the ones you tell to yourself. Did you ever contemplate that? You lie to yourself that you’re ugly. You lie to yourself that you can’t succeed. You lie to yourself that no one can love you. You lie to yourself that you are being honest! Everyone does it. Everyone forgets that […]

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Do You Believe in Angels

A friend once messaged me to mention an encounter with an angel. The way he started his note is very telling: “Would you think your old friend crazy. . . ?” Though we agree on many things, there was a basic and curious assumption that while one of us might believe in angels, the other […]

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The Danger of collaboration with evil

Merely to resist evil with evil by hating those who hate us and seeking to destroy them, is actually no resistance at all. It is active and purposeful collaboration in evil that brings the Christian into direct and intimate contact with the same source of evil and hatred which inspires the acts of his enemy. […]

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Winning the Battle Against Temptation

Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich once quipped that if we could really see, that the fallen angels that surround us would blot out the sun.  I am no skeptic – I believe it. Sometimes I wonder if we realize the real struggle going on in the spiritual realm in our day to day lives.  Unlike monastics […]

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Bishop Paprocki warns of ‘intrinsic evils’ in Democratic platform

Springfield, Ill., Sep 27, 2012 / 02:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drawing particular attention to the Democratic Party platform’s support for “intrinsic evils” like abortion and “same-sex marriage,” Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill. has said Catholics need to “think and pray very carefully” about their votes in the upcoming election. “My job is not […]

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