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What Is The Difference Between Magic And Religion?

April 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Fortea, Occult, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what is the difference between magic and religion? A.  When we speak here of magic we are not referring to the popular art of the “magician” who pulls a rabbit out of a hat or makes things (apparently) disappear. Such “magicians” are just entertainers – illusionists – who use various techniques to trick our eyes. In this discussion, the word magic refers to occult practices... Read More

What is the Greatest Evil?

March 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Fortea, Sin, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what is the greatest evil? A.  According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the greatest evil is sin (CCC 1488). Since God is love and sin leads to the rejection of His love, sin inevitably leads to hatred – of God, of humanity, of those around us, and of ourselves. Those who allow themselves to walk the path of hatred can reach the point where they hate all four objects... Read More

Does “Infinite Evil” Exist?

March 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Evil, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, does “infinite evil” exist? A. No, evil is limited. Evil always exists in a finite being; it does not exist in itself. While an infinite being (i.e., God) can exist, infinite evil cannot because it is merely a lack (or privation) of a good that should be present in a being. But, one may ask, couldn’t an infinite being deform itself infinitely? Here’s the problem:... Read More

What are the Types of Evil?

March 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what are the types of evil? A.  While the variety of particular evils is infinite, theologians typically distinguish between physical and moral evils. Remember our earlier definition of evil: the lack (or privation) of a good that should exist in a thing. Here’s a good example of a physical evil: the painting the Mona Lisa is good, but a knife mark left by a vandal would be an... Read More

Will Evil Exist Forever?

February 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Evil, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, will evil exist forever? A.  Yes, in a certain sense. The clear teachings of Sacred Scripture and the Church affirm that both demons and condemned human beings will exist for all eternity in hell. In this sense evil will exist indefinitely. Evil will exist forever within these fallen angels and humans. At the end of time, the divine order will be established in a perfect way; God’s... Read More

Exorcist Interview About Recent Possession

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Parish Priest Aids Family in Fight Against Demons In an exclusive National Catholic Register interview, Father Michael Maginot discusses his role in serving as an exorcist to help an Indiana family who appeared to be afflicted by demonic possession. It was the most bizarre situation in thirty years of his priesthood, according to Father Michael Maginot of St. Stephen Martyr Church in Merrillville,... Read More

What Language Do the Demons Speak?

February 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, what language do the demons speak? A.  Demons, as pure spirits, do not need a language to communicate with each other; they simply communicate at will through the power of thought. Human beings communicate through words, which are symbolic representations of our thoughts. Spiritual beings, on the other hand, transmit thought in a pure state without the need for mediation or signs.   Editor’s... Read More

What can be done against temptation?

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Q. Father Fortea, what can be done against temptation? A.  We must immediately resist it with the help of God’s grace. A temptation is harmless if we resist and do not entertain it. From the moment we begin to dialogue with a particular temptation, though, considering the pros and cons of what it offers, our opposition to it begins to weaken, and it is far more difficult to resist succumbing to... Read More

Do Demons Have a Plan when Tempting Us?

January 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Demonology, Featured, Fr. Fortea, Spiritual Warfare

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Q.  Father Fortea, do demons have a plan when tempting us? A.  Remember: a demon is a spiritual being that possesses a greater intelligence than ours. Therefore, in temptation, a demon tries to enter into a conversation with the person he is tempting. If the person being tempted resists and never considers the temptation for even a moment, then it is a one-sided conversation – the demon speaks... Read More

Temptations: From Ourselves or the Devil?

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Q. Father Fortea, can we distinguish temptations that come from ourselves from those that come from the devil? A.  There is no way to distinguish temptations of demonic origin from those that come from within us. Demons tempt us by infusing thoughts in our minds. In other words, a demon introduces into our reason, memory, and imagination intellectual objects proper to our understanding that cannot... Read More

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