satan

Naked Evil and the Boston Bombings

When trying to make sense of the recent bombing in Boston or the tragedies of Sandy Hook and the Aurora massacres, we are faced with mindless violence – an absurd, howling kind of insane violence. It seems like the devil himself is stalking the streets – seeking whom he may devour. An exorcist told me one of the most disturbing […]

The Devil’s Secret Silence

I recently engaged in correspondence with a young man who indicated that he had committed horrific sins and could not even bring himself to anonymously confess to a priest. Though I cannot reveal more about the situation, his sins would cause most to recoil and I believe he is now in prison for one particularly horrific crime. In corresponding with […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Pio of Pietrelcina

St. Pio of Pietrelcina

“Temptations, discouragement and unrest are the wares offered by the enemy. Remember this:  if the devil makes noise, it is a sign that he is still outside and not yet within.  That which must terrify us is his peace and concord with the human soul. That which comes from Satan begins with calmness and ends in storm, indifference and apathy.” […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church

  “In former times, Christians were incited to renounce Christ; now they are taught to deny Christ.  Then they were forced, now they are taught; then violence was used, now it is deception; then one heard the shouts of the Enemy; now, when he prowls around, gentle and insinuating, it is difficult to recognize him.  Everyone knows how he tried […]

Judas’ Greatest Sin

Editor’s Note: Wednesday of Holy Week (Holy Wednesday) is sometimes referred to in the Western Church as “Spy Wednesday” for tradition has it that on this day, Judas plotted with the authorities to arrest Jesus. Armed with lanterns, torches and weapons and accompanied by a band of soldiers and guards from the chief priests and the Pharisees, Judas Iscariot went […]

Life and Death on the Gridiron

Satan challenged God to a football match pitting the best players in Heaven against the best in Hell.  St. Peter, speaking on God’s behalf, asked the Prince of Darkness how he expected to win such a contest since the heavenly All-Stars would be disciplined, well coached, and play as a team, whereas their opponents, being a gang of incorrigible ruffians, […]

Spiritual Warfare

I have been working on a number of large projects in recent months and none have gone smoothly.  Projects that, at the outset, seemed anointed by God were mired in personal and professional quagmires.  At the height of one of these instances, a brother-in-Christ revealed that he had just been feeling that he wasn’t much of a challenge for satan […]