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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

Is God Present Even in Hell?

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Father Fortea, is God present even in hell? Yes, God is present even in hell. There is no place (or being) in which God is not present. God, the Creator of all things, maintains everything in existence and knows everything from all eternity. So demons are not freed from the presence of God even in hell. No matter how far a demon wants to draw away from God, he will always be condemned to be in the... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 2 of 5

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Dan Burke spent a week discussing his suffering, conversion and healing with EWTN’s Johnnette Benkovic on her show, Women of Grace. Dan captures the stages of the spiritual life in his award-winning book, “Navigating the Interior Life“. In the second episode of five, Dan continues to discuss his conversion from the Jewish faith to Catholicism and from suffering to healing and love. In... Read More

Are only Those who Want to be Condemned Actually Condemned?

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Father Fortea, are only those who want to be condemned actually condemned? No one really wants to be condemned. But some choose to be condemned because their sinful actions exclude them from the life of blessedness. In the same way, no one really wants to spend their lives on earth full of hatred and wishing evil on one’s neighbor, but some choose to live this way, much to their own suffering. Consciously... Read More

Can One Be Condemned For Little Sins?

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Father Fortea, can one be condemned for “little” sins? A.  No. Eternal condemnation is so horrendous, so terrible, that it is reserved for grave sins. Only one who dies in a state of mortal sin is condemned to hell. This being said, every sin, no matter how small, is a step toward greater sin; every sin, no matter how slight, is a step in the direction of condemnation. No one can say: “I will... Read More

What is the Process that Leads to Eternal Death?

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Father Fortea, what is the process that leads to eternal death? A.  As St. James teaches, “Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death” (James 1:14-15). With great insight, these two verses describe the process that leads to the death of grace in the soul. Sin is not... Read More

Can Demons Tempt us to Pray?

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Dear Fr. John, I recently ran across a confusing statement from an ex-satanist, who claims that demons can encourage people to pray as a way of deceiving them. The author of the book I read wrote that demons will sometimes get people to pray all kinds of devotional prayers (rosary, chaplets, etc…) for many very specific intentions (almost treating the prayers like superstitions or magic invocations)... Read More

The Absence of Shame

May 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

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The Sinner’s Guide (Week 6 of 16) The shame and dishonor of sin form another torment for the wicked.  It is natural for man to desire esteem, but who can honor the sinner? – The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 16, Paragraph 6) These days, rather than being shamed, sin is celebrated in brash fashion on a daily basis.  We pay homage to it via art, music, movies, television, the internet and... Read More

What Is The Difference Between Magic And Religion?

April 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Fortea, Occult, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what is the difference between magic and religion? A.  When we speak here of magic we are not referring to the popular art of the “magician” who pulls a rabbit out of a hat or makes things (apparently) disappear. Such “magicians” are just entertainers – illusionists – who use various techniques to trick our eyes. In this discussion, the word magic refers to occult practices... Read More

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