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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Learn about “the” Strong Catholic Woman: St. Teresa of Avila [Avila Course]

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When the Catechism of the Catholic Church asks, “What is contemplation?”, it directs the question to St. Teresa of Avila. Why is that? You’ll find out, in the “Introduction to St. Teresa of Avila” course is being offered “live online” from the School of Spiritual Formation this spring from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. It’s because there are few other saints who have... Read More

Spiritual Warfare – Book Picks

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Because we are quickly rolling up on Halloween and the time of year when our culture is focused on the world of the spirits, I thought it would be fitting to turn our hearts to something holy and good – spiritual warfare. Before I reveal the book recommendations I wanted to also let you know that the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation will offer an upcoming course on this topic called... Read More

Significance to the Order of the Three Temptations of Jesus?

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Father Fortea, what order do the three temptations of Jesus in the desert follow? Is there any significance to this order? In the synoptic gospels, we see how the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness immediately prior to the start of His public ministry (see Mt 4:1-11; Mk 1:9-15; Lk 4:1-13). These temptations were those of bread, power, and worldly recognition. Now then, why would the devil tempt... Read More

Why does Satan Appear More Frequently in the New Testament than in the Old?

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Father Fortea, why does Satan appear more frequently in the New Testament than in the Old? The term Satan appears eighteen times in the Old Testament and thirty-five in the New. The devil can be found thirty-six times. The term demon appears twenty-one times in the New Testament, while the Old Testament’s equivalent terms for demon (Lilith, etc.) appear much less. The New Testament is shorter than... Read More

Twelve-Step Program for Controlling Mothers

August 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The King of the Golden City (Week 4 of 5) “….Some of those books belong to him.  He helped the men and women who wrote them, and he is putting his mark into them.  They will do his work, and he will be near by when boys and girls take them up to get amusement out of them.” - Prince Guardian to Dilecta, The King of the Golden City (Chapter 12, Paragraph 5) When my kids were young, I kept... Read More

Did Demons Know Jesus was the Messiah When He Was On Earth?

August 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, when Jesus was on earth, did the demons know He was the Messiah? As we have said, demons do not know everything. They do not even know all that happens in this world; they are among us, but they come and go. The demons watch over the saints in a very special way, and they knew that Jesus was a man who was especially holy. They could see that He had never committed a sin or even an imperfection.... Read More

The Bible says Some Demons are in Hell: Are Some Not on Earth?

August 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, when the Bible says that some demons are in hell, does this mean that they are not on earth tempting us?   This is probably the case. What also seems to be the case is that there is no difference in suffering between those who are in hell and those who are tempting mankind.       Editor’s Note:  To learn more about spiritual warfare and demonology, Catholic Spiritual... Read More

Sacred Scripture Says Demons are in the “Regions of the Air”: Why?

July 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Father Fortea, why does Sacred Scripture say that demons are in the “regions of the air”? Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the [regions of... Read More

Why does God Not Just Annihilate the Demons?

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Father Fortea, why does God not just annihilate the demons? God, in His great love, has pledged not to destroy any intelligent being He has created. Demons, by their very existence, are a manifestation of God’s justice, a proclamation that the law of God is not violated without consequence. He who violates this law deforms himself and, if he chooses not to repent of this transgression, his deformation... Read More

Why Does Hell Need to be Eternal?

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Father Fortea, why does hell need to be eternal? Repentance can be born only of grace. If God does not send grace to a spirit, making it understand the perpetrated evil, then there can be no supernatural repentance. Without grace, a demon can understand that it was a foolish decision to have rebelled, a decision that has caused it suffering. But true repentance is qualitatively different from just... Read More

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