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The Devil Is Real: Combating Spiritualism

Jesus was very clear about the reality of the Devil. He exorcised demons in seven major Gospel accounts. He differentiated between healings of natural illness, healings of the effects of sin, and the casting out of demons. He empowered and explicitly charged His disciples to cast out demons as part of their mission before He ascended to heaven (see Mk 16:17). The Church responded to His command and performed many exorcisms from the very beginning of Christianity onward. Exorcism was an integral part of baptism into the early Church. Oftentimes these early exorcisms were done by lay people, but in ...
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Keeping the First Commandment: How to Avoid Misguided Spirituality in a Culture Hooked on Halloween

Spiritual self-help can be organized into four general categories: preventative measures, corrective measures, avoiding false religions, and avoiding violations of the First Commandment. The primary corrective tool for people is Confession followed by Mass. Usually everything up to possession can be resolved through a healthy sacramental life and regular prayer ... Read More

Book Review: The Eucharist

The Eucharist: Mystery of Presence, Sacrifice, and Communion by Lawrence Feingold Reviewed by Fr. Thomas Acklin, OSB Dr. Lawrence Feingold, in this excellent volume, offers a treatment of the Eucharist that not only is useful for the classroom but for anyone wishing to enter more deeply into the Paschal mystery ... Read More

History and Theology Lead Us to the Church

The Book of Acts is a work of both history and theology, an account of God’s self-revelation within the course of human history. Hence, to understand what Luke intended to communicate in Acts, one must set aside the false dichotomy between history and theology. In Luke’s biblical theology, history itself ... Read More
The Eucharist, The Last Supper, Perfect Virtue, Lawrence Feingold

The Eucharist: A Model of Perfect Virtue

By becoming man, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity was able to teach us perfect virtue not only through a law but also through the example of His human words and actions, especially in His Paschal mystery ... Read More

Learning Sacrificial Love in the Blessed Sacrament

It is proper to spousal love that there be a mutual and total self-giving of the partners to each other, as St. Paul says in Ephesians 5:25–27: “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her ... Read More
New Age Spirituality, Alumbrados, Teresa of Avila, Catholic Mysticism, Spanish Mystics

Unmasking Popular Spiritualities: What Teresa of Avila Can Teach Us Today

The teachings of Teresa of Avila are a vital source of wisdom for many who seek a deeper life of prayer. EWTN’s Daniel Burke, founder of the Avila Institute, often provides testimony how the teachings of this Doctor of the Church guided him through the shallows of Quietism and into ... Read More

Praying for Our Leaders: Thoughts from St. Teresa of Avila

I feel sure that your Majesty is aware that I persevere in recommending you to our Lord in my poor prayers. And although, considering what a wretched creature I am, it is rendering you but little service, yet I do you some good by inciting the Discalced nuns to pray ... Read More
30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Spiritual Weakness

St. Teresa on Sharing Our Weaknesses

JESUS, MARY! On reading the challenge, we thought we could not brace ourselves to encounter in the field such mettlesome and puissant knights. For no doubt they would conquer us and leave us rifled of all our goods—we might even be so daunted as to leave undone the little that ... Read More
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Facing Trials with St. Teresa

JESUS! May the Holy Spirit be with you! I have made this journey with a very heavy heart, for I deeply regretted leaving Valladolid after receiving a letter from his Lordship the Bishop stating that you were undergoing a severe trial, although not explaining what it was. Had it not ... Read More
30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Dan Burke and Anthony Lilles, spiritual warfare

St. Teresa on Spiritual Warfare

JESUS! As regards the licenses, with the help of heaven I hope to get the king’s easily. There may be a certain amount of worry about it, as I know by experience that Satan cannot endure our houses and always persecutes us, but God is all-powerful and the evil one ... Read More