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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10 Things to Remember About the Assumption of Mary

2014-08-14T20:44:14-04:00August 14th, 2014|Categories: Patheos, Theology|Tags: , , , |

During the twenty years it took me to convert from a Bob Jones University student to a Catholic I considered many of the Marian dogmas to be pious opinions. It was okay for Catholics to believe them, but why did they have to go and make them dogmas and therefore make it more difficult for me [...]

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Demonic Infection and Victory Over Sin

2014-07-25T14:23:59-04:00July 25th, 2014|Categories: Spirituality|Tags: , , |

Is there a demonic element to seemingly ordinary human problems? Sometimes. While full blown demonic possession is rare, it is much more common for souls to be troubled by what might be called "demonic infection". In counseling people spiritually I have come to believe that there is a state of demonic influence in our lives which is [...]

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