“These spirits are invisible persons that interact with us and the entire universe in which we live. It’s important to know these things - on many levels. These invisible powers are always working in the world. For good and ill.
If we’re not aware of it, we can be manipulated by it. Yes, we come to Mass, yes we say our prayers, but how often do we really think about the invisible world in which we live? …
We should never be ashamed of our belief in the invisible, whether that’s God, or heaven and hell, or angels and demons.”
How do you and I protect ourselves from demonic influence? How do we recognize a lie?
Fourteenth Sunday, Ordinary Time
July 07, 2019
Is 66:10-14c, Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20, Gal 6:14-18, Lk 10:1-12, 17-20
How do you and I protect ourselves from demonic influence if we can't see the difference? The devil's words will give him away, because as the Bible says, he is a liar from the beginning. He can't not lie.
So how do you and I recognize a lie? The only way you can recognize a lie is if you know the Truth.
This is where for us as believers, the greatest gift that God has given us - second only to His holy Sacraments - is the Gospel message. The entire Word of God and the teachings of the Church give us all the truth we need to protect and defend ourselves against the attacks of the enemy.
So often we fail to realize that in following Christ, we follow Him to the Cross.
So often, we fail to realize that in following Christ, we follow Him to the Cross. That in this life, we have no resting place. The only thing we can be sure of is that we will suffer and die as Christians. That’s it. That’s all Jesus promises us.
Our Lord warns each one of us who want to follow Him:
Don’t be deceived. The only thing you can hope for in this life is the Cross, and My love.”
Modesty - how I dress, act, speak reveals what I believe is inside of me.
“If I do believe - as I must - that I am made in God’s image and likeness, and especially if I am receiving the holy Eucharist worthily, that God actually lives in me, then how will I adorn myself? How I dress, how I act, how I speak, reveals, at least to some degree, what I believe is hidden inside of me.…”
To truly receive God's love, we must obey His commands
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
June 16, 2019
“We recognize this necessity, that we cannot receive God’s love and love God in return if we are not at the same time believing what he taught and obeying His commands. It always goes hand in hand.”
What is it in you that needs to be rightly ordered? - Fr Matthew Kauth
June 9, 2019
“Christ Himself said the Spirit is going to lead you into all Truth. Not into some sort of nebulous reality in which we have liberty without form. We have no experience of that in creation. Give me anything, anything that exists and flourishes, and you’ll see order. Form. Direction. Purpose.”