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...]

On Surveying the Cross

crucified lord

I am in Kentucky conducting a parish mission this week, and praying before the evening session I found myself gazing at a beautiful, simple, life sized crucifix–the dominant image in an old church. I can’t say what I experienced because it was really beyond words, but I can try. What I felt was that in [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...]

On Being Supernaturally Normal

famillyrockwell

I had a terrific compliment last week. This person didn’t praise me for being extraordinary. She didn’t thank me for being intellectual or handsome or holy or amazing. She thanked me for being normal. We are so often attracted to what is weird. We follow the details of the lives of the stars of athletics [Read More...]

Why the Rosary is Not “Vain Repetition”

rosary-beads

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?

child-praying

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...]


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