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 choosing evil through a life of mortal sin and stubbornly persevering in sin until death will result in one’s condemnation. God certainly does not want anyone to be condemned; He loves us and sent Jesus so that “whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). But believing in Jesus requires us to be faithful to His will. As Our Lord told His disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (Jn 14:15).
Editor’s Note: To learn more about spiritual warfare and demonology, Catholic Spiritual Direction recommends Fr. Fortea’s excellent book Interview With An Exorcist – An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance.
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