demons

Beginnings

"Lightning on Feathertop" (detail) - Artwork © by Jef Murray

“And that is how the people of Orbaratus destroyed themselves.” Charles sat looking at the old man across the table. Thunder rumbled outside the diamond-paned windows of Charles’ Oxford flat, and the deep purple light of the approaching storm contrasted eerily with the flickers of gold and red from the fireplace and the lighted candles on the mantel. Upon the […]

The Visible… and the Invisible

Photography © by Andy Coan

I’ve read many term papers in my day. Most of them are no more than a patchwork of quotes.  That’s because college students are smart enough to know that they really can’t say much on their own authority—to make their case, they have to lean on the authority of others more learned than themselves. That’s exactly how the scribes and […]

Preach it and Live it!

Photography © by Andy Coan

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) – Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Psalms 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; First Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23; Mark 1:29-39. This series appears each Wednesday. The Bible is not just for churches and synagogues. Portions of it are read as literature, even in secular university classrooms.  Invariably, when you look […]

Authority over Demons

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Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) – Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9; First Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28. This series appears each Wednesday. I’ve read many term papers in my day.  Most of them are no more than a patchwork of quotes.  That’s because college students are smart enough to […]

A Spiritual Battle – How to Win the Culture War

"St. Michael the Archangel"

Editor’s Note: On Saturday, October 29, 2011, Dr. Peter Kreeft gave a talk on spiritual warfare inspired by his essay, “How to Win the Culture War”, at a Major Speakers Series event at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, Georgia. This was one of three talks given by Dr. Kreeft at the conference sponsored by The Integrated Catholic Life™. […]

The Twelve Most Important Things to Know about Angels

Angels — The Twelve Most Important Things to Know About Them They really exist. Not just in our minds, or our myths, or our symbols, or our culture. They are as real as your dog, or your sister, or electricity. They’re present, right here, right now, right next to you, reading these words with you. They’re not cute, cuddly, comfortable, […]

Book Review – The Invisible World

How many unfinished books do you have lying around the house? One, two, maybe even half a dozen? I used to think it was just me, but then someone mentioned her stack of unfinished books and I realized that there were more people “out there” that suffered through the same dreadful, almost embarrassing, book-reading experience—or should I say non-book-reading experience. […]

The Rite – Movie Review

There will be two kinds of people that go to see the movie, The Rite, Warner Brother’s supernatural thriller about demonic possession; those that believe and those that do not.  But as Fr. Lucas’s warned his seminarian apprentice, “Choosing NOT to believe in the Devil, won’t protect you from him.”  And that, is ultimately what the movie is about–faith or […]

To Do List: Homeschool, Laundry, Make Dinner, Interview Exorcist

Oh the life of a homeschool mom; one never knows what the day will bring.  Add the fact that I’m a freelance writer and author, and anything is possible. Last month I received a call from a public relations company, inviting me to LA on a press junket to preview the movie THE RITE starring Anthony Hopkins (in theaters January […]

War in the Desert

He sold everything he owned and he went into the desert to fight demons. He burned with a desire for God, and “the devil, an enemy of the word Christian, could not bear to see such outstanding virtues in a young man and so he attacked him” (from Early Christian Lives, the “Life of Antony by Athanasius”). Spiritual warfare. We […]