The Spiritual Influence of St. Antony of the Desert

Such was the life of Antony. We must not disbelieve when all these wonders are wrought through a man.  For it is the promise of the Savior, who said: “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, depart hence, and it shall depart; and nothing shall be…

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We Are At War with Agents of the Devil

In 1949 the Englishman George Orwell wrote a book titled 1984.  It was about life in a totalitarian state; life under a government that held total control over peoples’ lives. Orwell invented terms used in the book that resonate today:  Big Brother, doublethink, thought-crime, Newspeak.  The main character in the book worked for the Ministry…

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The Peace Enjoyed by the Just

The liberty of the children of God is the cause of another privilege of virtue, no less precious than itself – the interior peace and tranquility which the just enjoy.  To understand this more clearly, we must remember that there are three kinds of peace: peace with God, peace with our neighbor, and peace with…

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Understanding the Spiritual Power of Holy Water

Many Catholics have never had a sufficiently full explanation of the signification of various principal devotions, pious practices, and sacred objects such as holy water. The Church in her wisdom has given the faithful holy water as circumstances may demand and the spiritual welfare of her children render expedient.    The more Catholics understand their…

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The Reality of Exorcism and Demonic Possession

Eight hundred years ago in Belgium, as a third of Europe was dying of the Bubonic Plague, a group of men quit their jobs and dedicated themselves to tending the sick and the dying.  They became known as the Alexian Brothers, named after St Alexis of Rome. The new religious order distinguished itself by accepting…

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That We Need Not Fear Satan

“Now if the devil himself confesses that he can do nothing, we ought utterly to condemn both him and his demons.” -St. Anthony of the Desert Seeing that I have begun to discourse thus unwisely, take for your safety and encouragement this also.  And believe me, for I do not lie.  Once someone knocked at…

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St. Joseph: Model of Catholic Manhood

What is a real man? Can you define it? If you saw a real man walking down the street, would you notice? In a world of androgynous fashion, fluid ‘gender’ and rampant feminism, the truth about who or what a man is, is as ambiguous as information that comes out of Public Health. We are…

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The Dogma of Hell is the Most Terrible Truth

The TAN book entitled The Dogma of Hell: Illustrated by Facts Taken From Profane and Sacred History, by Fr. F. X. Schouppe, SJ, begins crisply as any author could make it: “THE DOGMA OF HELL is the most terrible truth of our faith. There is a Hell. We are as sure of it as of…

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