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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Evil: Will it Exist Forever?

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Evil, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, will evil exist forever? Yes, in a certain sense. The clear teachings of Sacred Scripture and the Church affirm that both demons and condemned human beings will exist for all eternity in hell. In this sense evil will exist indefinitely. Evil will exist forever within these fallen angels and humans. At the end of time, the divine order will be established in a perfect way; God’s truth... Read More

Temptations: From Ourselves or the Devil?

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Temptations:  From Ourselves or From the Devil? Father Fortea, can we distinguish temptations that come from ourselves from those that come from the devil? There is no way to distinguish temptations of demonic origin from those that come from within us. Demons tempt us by infusing thoughts in our minds. In other words, a demon introduces into our reason, memory, and imagination intellectual objects... Read More

Temptation: Why does God Allow it?

December 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

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Father Fortea, why does God allow temptation? If God does not want us to sin, why does He allow temptation at all? We have the answer in the verse that says, “Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (Jas 1:2). Without temptation, there would be no opportunity for us to grow in virtue every time we successfully... Read More

Take Jesus to Work Because the Devil Will be There

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“Business is business,” as the saying goes.  It sometimes means to check Jesus at the door.  Outside of religious organizations, the chain of command does not usually recognize God as the real CEO. What’s God got to do with business?  After all, not everyone even believes in him. So, why should God have a place in the workday?   A big reason is because the devil never calls in sick for work.... Read More

Should we be Afraid of the Devil?

November 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, should we be afraid of the devil? The devil strives to do all the evil that he can, especially by tempting us to turn away from God through sin. If he could do more evil, he would. If a person prays the Rosary daily and asks God to protect him from all the snares of the Evil One, he has nothing to fear. The power of God is infinite; that of the devil is not. God, through His gift of... Read More

When the Walk Becomes Sluggish

November 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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An Introduction to the Devout Life (Week 2 of 14) All the children of Israel actually departed from Egypt, but they did not all depart heartily, wherefore in the desert some of them regretted the flesh, the melons, the leeks, and onions of Egypt (Numb. xi). And so some penitents, though they forsake sin outwardly, do not forsake the love of sin; that is to say, they resolve to sin no more, but it is... Read More

Do God and the devil Talk among Themselves?

October 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

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Father Fortea, do God and the devil really talk among themselves as in the book of Job? In the Scriptures, Satan speaks with God to throw in His face the sins that men commit. But this is not a real and authentic conversation. So do true conversations take place between God and the devil? The answer is no. Even though both God and the devil are spiritual beings (and spiritual beings, due to their very... Read More

Is the Devil the Beast in the Book of Revelation?

September 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

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The Beast in the Book of Revelation Father Fortea, is the devil the beast in the book of Revelation? No. The book of Revelation clearly distinguishes between the three key figures who will arise in opposition to Christ and the Church at the end of time: the Antichrist, the beast, and the dragon (or serpent). Whereas the Antichrist is a man, the beast is a political power that brings war to the earth.... Read More

CSD Book Club-The Screwtape Letters (Week 3 of 7)

June 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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As long as he retains externally the habits of a Christian he can still be made to think of himself as one who has adopted a few new friends and amusements but whose spiritual state is much the same as it was six weeks ago.  And while he thinks that we do not have to contend with the explicit repentance of a definite, fully recognized, sin, but only with his vague, though uneasy, feeling that he hasn’t... Read More

CSD Book Club – 33 Days to Morning Glory (Week 3 of 7)

May 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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33 Days to Morning Glory The Power of Humility We’ll close these reflections on the wonderful benefits of Marian consecration by letting St. Louis describe how this way is also a secure path, meaning that, as we walk it, we’re particularly protected from and defended against evil: Mary puts herself around [her true children], and accompanies them “like an army in battle array” (Cant. 6:3).... Read More

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