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I Object to Evil Profanation

June 5, AD2017 5 Comments
I Object to Evil Profanation

I object to the profanation of sacred images and sacramentals in cinema. I have been writing about and meditating on the power of the Holy Cross, the Holy Roman Catholic Church and the enemies of our souls, demons and how evil has become more mainstream and acceptable. I love movies, especially the old vampire movies. Lugosi […]

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Knowing Your Enemy And Fighting Back

January 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Knowing Your Enemy And Fighting Back

  Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, the Father of Lies – many of us, we grew up hearing one or more of these names. But how much do we really know about this fallen angel? What image comes to mind when someone mentions the Devil or Beelzebub? Do you imagine a big red guy with horns, […]

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Life Happens

November 3, AD2016 5 Comments
Life Happens

August 5, 2015 was just another ordinary day or so I thought. Traffic was light and I got home early. As I crossed the street on my way home from the bus stop, a black car, traveling on the wrong side of the street, struck me. Pain seared through my body and disbelief in my […]

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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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Why the Prince of Peace Divides Us

August 28, AD2016 5 Comments
Why the Prince of Peace Divides Us

Christ is known as the Prince of Peace; as God the Son, through Whom “all things were made” (Nicene Creed), it is He alone who mediates true peace. And yet in this world we succumb to the wily tactics of the Great Deceiver, known as the “prince of this world.” The Bent One and his […]

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The Eucharist: Overcoming the Forbidden Fruit

April 13, AD2016 9 Comments
The Eucharist: Overcoming the Forbidden Fruit

There is so much to be said about the Eucharist. It is Christ’s supreme gift of Himself to mankind. We can never truly thank God enough for this new Passover meal, which replaces an ordinary sacrificed lamb with The Lamb of God, Jesus Himself. It is the true food that replaces the forbidden fruit. What […]

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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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Keeping Faith When Priests Cause Scandal

October 24, AD2014 25 Comments
Keeping Faith When Priests Cause Scandal

It’s no secret that the Church is comprised of sinners. However, when we become discouraged in the Church, and are perhaps at risk of losing faith and walking away, do we ever stop to remember that Jesus is the Builder of the Church? All throughout salvation history, God has utilized sinners to build His Kingdom […]

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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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General Confession: Slamming the Door to Satan and Self this Lent

March 24, AD2014 15 Comments
General Confession: Slamming the Door to Satan and Self this Lent

Lent, as you read this, is approximately half done now—soon you will be able to eat candy again, have that evening glass of wine, or say a welcome goodbye to whatever you may have chosen as a Lenten penance this year. It will be over and you (and I) will be quite candidly relieved as […]

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The Grammys, Sex, and Satan – For God\’s Sake, Just Buy a CD!

January 31, AD2014 12 Comments
The Grammys, Sex, and Satan – For God\’s Sake, Just Buy a CD!

Watching an Amish documentary last Sunday, I heard the following exchange: Among a busload of visitors to Amish Country, someone asked an Amish gentleman, \”What\’s the difference between you Amish and us \’English\’?\” The Amish gentleman replied, \”How many of you own televisions?\” The hands of all tourists went up. \”How many of you are […]

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Waltzing With Satan

January 17, AD2014 19 Comments
Waltzing With Satan

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” The Usual Suspects. Dir. Bryan Singer. Polygram, 1995. Film. We live under the delusion that Satan was defeated at Calvary. If you think that assessment is unrealistic take a look around. How often do you hear Satan referenced in a homily? […]

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The Devil You Say?

December 3, AD2013 3 Comments
The Devil You Say?

Considering all the extravagant evil in the world, I have always found it remarkable that so many people do not believe in the existence of Satan and his fallen angels. Pope Leo XIII foresaw this, which is why he gave us the prayer to Saint Michael. In 1942 CS Lewis in The Screwtape Letters wrote what may […]

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My Encounters With the Devil

July 5, AD2013 5 Comments
My Encounters With the Devil

You are probably expecting to read about some out-of-this world experience that brought me face to face with the \”Father of Lies\”, but I have no such experiences to talk about. I\’m writing about the danger of looking for the Devil in the supernatural realm, and ignoring his presence in the real world. All my […]

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The Puppet Strings of Satan

March 11, AD2013 10 Comments
The Puppet Strings of Satan

Satan, I gotta hand it to ya. You\’re brilliant. Ultimately a loser, but still. Evil and its demoralizing impact on our world is a reality of life. However, to deny, shun or blame God as a result of hasty thinking is a mistake. Intellectual honesty requires more than a glance. Many people turn their back on […]

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Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan

January 29, AD2013 47 Comments
Pope Paul VI and the Smoke of Satan

I have long heard about Pope Paul VI having referred to the “smoke of Satan” having entered the Church.  Usually most references to it do not mention when it was said and in what context.  The quote apparently was said on June 29, 1972 by Pope Paul VI on the ninth anniversary of his coronation […]

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