How do you identify the demon-possessed? If the Gospels are to be believed, the best way is to see if they loudly proclaim the divinity of Christ. There is a lesson here: The demon you need to watch out for is never your enemy. Your demon is always something you agree with. –First Things · by Sam…
The pursuit of happiness was not a quest for unity with God, or sacrificial dedication to a cause greater than oneself but rather a search to satisfy the Self. –The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher
Not everything one writes gets published. In fact, a great deal does not. But you are still changed by having lived with it while it was written. It is akin to prayer in that sense. The person changed by prayer isn’t the Lord, but one’s own self. So too, there are times when things get…
The Devil’s Delusion by David Berlinski In The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan Karamazov exclaims that if God does not exist, then everything is permitted. (Location 318)
“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” And the age does not matter. There’s a fine line between a believer and non-believer.
An Exorcist Explains the Demonic by Fr Gabriele Amorth …the devil looks in each person precisely for his weak point and “works” on it, creating his next sinful occasions… (Location 308)
Final Gifts by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley “A terminal illness doesn’t belong only to the one who is sick—it affects family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers. Not unlike a still pond disturbed by a falling stone, an impending death sends ripples through all the relationships in the life of the dying. Each person involved has his…
Lost in the Cosmos by Walker Percy “You live in a deranged age – more deranged than usual, because despite great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.”
I am standing right where God wants me to be. I am honoring His Church, its Holy Traditions, apostolicity and ecclesiology. In doing so I rely heavily on percept. I go further, focusing on phenomenology. Both percept and phenomenology are the direct experience of God in life. The foundation to percept and phenomenology is prayer….
“I don’t believe there are good faith discussions to be had with Orthodox who believe that the clear teaching of the Church is negotiable.” And “quotes Chesterton’s sage comment that one should never tear down a fence unless one knows why it was put there in the first place.”