Holy Mary Mother of God and Mother of Me

2021-01-01T13:23:12-04:00January 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I had a Southern Baptist friend who thought it was amusing, when visiting Catholic churches, to wave to the image of Mary and say, "Hi Mary!" When I challenged him on what seemed a mark of disrespect he said cheerily, "Y'all say, 'Hail Mary' and 'Hail' just means 'Hi', so it's my way of saying 'Hail [...]

Do Catholics Believe in Ghosts?

2020-10-31T11:25:56-04:00October 31st, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

from Guest blogger Paul Thigpen. Paul Thigpen PhD. is an editor at TAN books and the author of hundreds of article and dozens of books on the Catholic faith. His book of prophetic prophecy--The Burden-- is a powerful pointer to the perilous times we live in with a passionate call to repentance. Learn more about The Burden here. GHOSTS [...]

Is This a Miraculous Image of the Divine Mercy?

2015-01-16T12:44:43-04:00January 16th, 2015|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , |

This article reports a miraculous image of the Divine Mercy in the Northern Lights. Is this really what it is or we seeing things? This phenomenon is called pareidolia. Go here to check it out. It is the ability to "see things" or hear things that aren't really there. Typical examples are seeing things in cloud [...]

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The Puri-Fire

2015-01-13T18:49:21-04:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , , |

I was talking with a man I'll call Henry today who lost his wife just before Christmas. She was only in her early sixties and had premature dementia. It was a terrible disease. Horrible to see an intelligent, active, prayerful woman laid low, and terrible to see the suffering of her husband and family as they [...]

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Idol Speculation

2014-12-20T11:08:01-04:00December 20th, 2014|Categories: Patheos|Tags: , , , , |

Toppling the Pagan Idols Did the pagans really worship idols? If so, what was going on? To be precise, they did not worship idols as such, but they worshipped the gods who they believed the idols represented. But it was more than that. They also believed that the idols became the channels for the [...]

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Troubled by Evil Spirits or Demons?

2014-10-29T08:22:25-04:00October 29th, 2014|Categories: Spirituality|Tags: , , |

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 frightful [...]

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On Being Supernaturally Normal

2014-10-14T12:01:02-04:00October 14th, 2014|Categories: Catholic Culture, Saints and Supernatural|Tags: , , , , |

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 and [...]

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Could St Joseph of Cupertino Really Fly?

2014-09-18T07:06:25-04:00September 18th, 2014|Categories: Saints and Supernatural|Tags: , , , |

St Joseph of Cupertino - Patron Saint of Pilots and Aviators Today is the feast day of St Joseph of Cupertino. To learn about his life go here. Joseph was born into a poor family in Cupertino, Italy in 1603. His father was a poor carpenter who died before he was born, and his [...]

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How to Use the Lord’s Prayer as a Spiritual Weapon

2014-09-10T08:31:33-04:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: Saints and Supernatural|Tags: , , |

I once attended a seminar on the deliverance ministry conducted by the author and psychiatrist Kenneth McCall. During the questions and answers three rather excitable women told Dr McCall that there was a witches coven meeting in their town and they wondered how to get rid of it. Dr McCall was a very softly spoken man [...]

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Powerful St Patrick

2014-08-29T13:52:26-04:00August 29th, 2014|Categories: Catholic Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |

Powerful St Patrick Some time ago I had a dream in which I saw a young boy swimming in a river. As he was swimming happily downstream I saw that around the bend was a large crocodile. I watched in terror as the boy swept past the crocodile and the beast slipped out from [...]

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