Troubled by Evil Spirits or Demons?

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Are all evil spirits demonic? I don’t think so, and here’s why: From time to time I will have someone come to see me who thinks they are demon possessed. They may be hearing voices telling them to do bad things or they might be having hallucinations which they interpret as devils. They might have [Read More...]

Let’s Have Clarity, Charity…and Hilarity

Our Holy Father St Benedict

Someone said recently that I have firmly declared myself to be a conservative. Indeed someone from New Jersey once said I am an “arch conservative.” I am happy to take that label. I’m happy to take all the other labels too. To see what I mean go to this post:  Call Me an Evangelical, Charismatic, [Read More...]

Why the Rosary is Not “Vain Repetition”

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Protestants sometimes charge Catholics with “vain repetition” in praying the rosary. This is a reference to Matthew 6:7 where Jesus instructs, “When you pray to not babble with vain receptions as the pagans do.” Sure, when we pray the rosary there is a lot of repetition. The problem is not repetition but vain repetition. If repetition were [Read More...]

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers?

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Most of us know that simply praying for something you want is not the best way of praying. God is not a cosmic vending machine in which you put your prayer in the slot and the goodie you want drops into the tray at the bottom. Don’t get me wrong. God delights in any prayer [Read More...]

Jesus Says Love Your Enemy….But What If He’s a Muslim Terrorist?

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Over bacon and eggs I quizzed the fifteen year old, “So let me ask you.  Our Lord says we must love our enemies. What if that enemy is a fanatical Muslim who is ready to cut off your head?” Slurping the orange juice, “Well, you’re supposed to hate the sin and love the sinner.” “Do [Read More...]

Fasting on Fridays and Spiritual Warfare

Live the Fast Bread Rolls

As a young priest I used to fast on Fridays. This was  a complete fast. Nothing but water from after supper on Thursday until breakfast on Saturday. It took a couple of weeks to get used to it, but once my system was engaged in the new routine it wasn’t so difficult. I took on [Read More...]


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