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The Devil Preys on Idle Souls

June 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Devil Preys on Idle Souls

Early within The Acts of the Apostles, angels gain the attention of Christ’s chosen through a provocative question. As the eleven stare in amazement at Christ’s Ascension into heaven, they soon hear the following words, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?” (Acts 1:11)  This brings to light the fact […]

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Healing Through the Blessed Sacrament

June 19, AD2017 9 Comments
Healing Through the Blessed Sacrament

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 I had a dream last night that I was on my patio planting some flowers. Everything seemed fine until I looked up and saw something coming towards me in the distance. I […]

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The Exorcist: Theology of the Possessed Body

November 26, AD2016 6 Comments
The Exorcist: Theology of the Possessed Body

Even with its interest in the spiritual realm, William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist is, as befits a story about possession, still very much concerned with the material realm, specifically the human body’s functions, abilities, and appearance. In the novel, the goal of possession, as I discussed in “Faith, Doubt, and Analysis Paralysis in The Exorcist,” is to […]

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How the Devil Deceives Us

September 28, AD2016 14 Comments
How the Devil Deceives Us

Most of the readers of Catholic Stand are probably aware of the wicked deception going on today in the world. St. Paul warned us about this in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10. This was addressed in a previous column here. But the purpose of this article is to see exactly how Satan tries to deceive us. […]

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Conspiracies and Catholicism: Lucifer

August 28, AD2015 4 Comments
Conspiracies and Catholicism: Lucifer

Lucifer, the Morning Star, Satan, The Devil, ruler of hell, fallen angel . . . There are a lot of different ways to talk about the theological bad guy, and a whole lot of incorrect “common knowledge” references that are more dramatically useful than theologically sound.  Being dramatically useful and theologically incorrect doesn’t make them evil or irrelevant, […]

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Letters to Pegleg 2015

June 24, AD2015 2 Comments
Letters to Pegleg 2015

(This contemporary letter and reply are inspired by CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters) Dear Pegleg, You have a tough project to be sure. Wormwood wasn’t up to it. He’s been banished to the Noise Pit for now. You hadn’t heard that yet? Ah. It’s a juicy story. One of our very own, Wormwood, was actually being tempted by […]

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Satan Speaks!

October 11, AD2014 72 Comments
Satan Speaks!

Author’s Note: The following letter is correspondence from a tempter demon on earth to the father of lies, Satan. Everything that Satan says in reply may or may not be truthful, for sure. Dear Satan: My human is too humble. What can I do to instill a sense of pride into his psyche? Very Respectfully, […]

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Dancing with the Devil — The Final Cut

May 14, AD2014 5 Comments
Dancing with the Devil — The Final Cut

  “The devil’s finest trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist.” —Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) In today’s academic milieu, you should expect that a Black Mass performed by a group calling itself “The Satanic Temple” under the auspices of an Ivy League university to be a bold, daring exercise in transgressing boundaries, right? Especially […]

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Evil is Beautiful

March 19, AD2014 0 Comments
Evil is Beautiful

As I was driving home the other day from the store, I looked on in awe and wonder at the signs of spring evident in the flowers that adorned the pear trees and the daffodils that were scattered and blooming all alongside the roadway. I could see squirrels chasing each other and birds soaring on […]

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The Devil Has a Microphone

January 2, AD2014 7 Comments
The Devil Has a Microphone

“It’s my life!” a teenager rants. “Then, turning to the talk show host he explains, “That is why I should have the right to kill my parents. They are interfering with my right to live as I choose.” The first part of the statement is as par for the adolescent course as oily skin and […]

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It\’s the Devil, Stupid

February 18, AD2013 18 Comments
It\’s the Devil, Stupid

Like it or not, our country was founded on and sustained by the notion of a Creator. Furthermore our founding documents affirm that this Creator endowed us with certain inalienable rights. Our system of jurisprudence was rooted in English common law, which itself was dependent upon the informed discretion of individual judges to establish legal […]

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