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The Devil: Is He for Real? Why Does God Let Him Hang Around?

September 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Challenges, Demonology, Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

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The Devil: Is He for Real?  Why Does God Let Him Hang Around? Dear Father John, I’ve heard that talking about the devil is just a way to talk about bad things that happen.  On the other hand, there are some people that claim there really is a devil.  Is the devil for real?  If so, why does God let him hang around when our purpose is to get to heaven?  It seems so contradictory. THE DEVIL, OUR ancient enemy, really... Read More

Is there Significance to the Order of the Three Temptations of Jesus in the desert?

September 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare, Temptation

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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 Jesus to worship him when he did... Read More

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

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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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 the Old, yet the demons appear... 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. The devil, though... 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 Direction recommends Fr.... 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 the air] (Eph 6:11-12). Sacred... Read More

Why does God Not Just Annihilate the Demons?

July 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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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 becomes eternal. Such is... 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 mere awareness. It is not simply... Read More

Exorcists Weigh in on Reported Possessions in Mexico (Video)

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Two American Exorcists Weigh in on Reported Mexican Possessions There is one place where not even the most adventurous thrill seeker should tread: into the occult. Every exorcist will attest that even a little curiosity is dangerous because it opens one up to a world that is not always so easy to leave. According to a report on June 23 from the Daily Mail, three young Americans in a Mexican village ventured into such a world by... 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 presence of God. Even though God... Read More

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