Kreeft: How to successfully discern God’s will for your life … and act accordingly.

Does God have one right choice for me in each decision I make?

When we pray for wisdom to discern God’s will when it comes to choosing a mate, a career, a job change, a move, a home, a school, a friend, a vacation, how to spend money, or any other choice, big or little, whenever there are two or more different paths opening up before us and we have to choose, does God always will one of those paths for us? If so, how do we discern it?

Many Christians who struggle with this question today are unaware that Christians of the past can help them from their own experience. Christian wisdom embodied in the lives and teachings of the saints tells us two things that are relevant to this question.

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You might be possessed if you…

…vomit shards of glass and pieces of iron, scream, dribble and slobber, utter blasphemies and have to be physically restrained.


Editor’s note: Saturday nights … in many Chicago area pubs and clubs … excepted.

What signs would indicate possible demonic activity in a friend or a family member?

ZENIT: What signs would indicate possible demonic activity in a friend or a family member?

Father Thomas: If, for example, if somebody was able to speak in a language that he had no prior competency in, or if someone would foam at the mouth or have a lot of rolling of the eyes.

If the person were not able to walk into a church or be close to any Catholic sacramental: holy water, a crucifix, the sacrament of the Eucharist, the sacramental anointing of the sick, or someone wearing some kind of a Christian symbol. If these caused a reaction, it certainly would be a sign.

Another sign of a diabolical attachment is when people have unnatural amounts of strength that they normally do not possess. Sometimes people will take on a serpentine appearance, again in reaction to sacraments and sacramentals.

But there would be things leading up to that; for example, these people could have an obsessive amount of thoughts or ideas of the Satanic, or feel a tremendous amount of depression in their lives, usually due to tapping into the spirit world. Those would be signs.


Leo XIII was the Pope who declared that Anglican ordinations, orders, priesthood, were invalid.

Leo XIII was the Pope who declared that Anglican ordinations, orders, priesthood, were invalid.

So,… the Pope of Rome goes into Westminster Abbey, a church dedicated to the Prince of the Apostles, and – while wearing Leo XIII’s stole – reminds them that he is the Successor of Peter.

And they applauded!

The title of this entry is a bit lighthearted, but the issues at hand are very serious.

Benedict XVI teaches through signs. Signs point to deeper issues. Vestments are signs.

In the person of Pope Benedict, Peter’s Successor came to Westminster. In Benedict, in a symbolic sense, Leo XIII came to Westminster as well.

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The practical value of signs and sacraments

It was a bit “stuffy” in church, last Sunday. Actually, it was down right hot!

People were fanning themselves with church bulletins, loosening collars, and squirming around in their seats.

The air vents had those short, little, colored ribbons tied to them … the ones that let you “see” when air is actually flowing … and they were all clearly just laying there. Quite limp. At last, one of the ushers got around to turning on the air conditioning.

Almost immediately, those limp little colored ribbons began to stand out and wiggle … and instantly … everybody in the congregation began to feel cooler … even though it would be many long minutes before the temperature would actually begin to drop.

Such is the practical value of  “signs”.

Catholics understand that a sacrament is an outward sign of a divine reality, originally instituted by Jesus Christ, for the primary purpose of  dispensing grace to all the many and varied, People of God.

The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is particularly important to Catholics, since it’s through the power of that sacrament that Jesus becomes present for us on the altar at Mass, where he serves (among many other things) as High Priest, Perfect Mediator, Savior, God and King.

When we Catholics see Jesus Christ raised up … truly present … in the most holy sacrament of the altar … we instinctively know that God still loves us, that he’s still willing to hold up his “end” of the New Covenant, and that he’ still willing to forgive our sins … saving us from eternal death and hell.

And while it may be a while before all of that truly comes to pass … all the signs are there to indicate that it will indeed, really happen.

With all this in mind, it’s not surprising that the very next thing we do at Mass is claim God the Father as our own, rejoicing and and luxuriating in the Peace obtained through the perfect, atoning sacrifice of our divine brother … Jesus Christ.

The fact that God is then willing to share with us the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus … his only begotten son … further confirms what we already know and believe.

God loves us … and he uses practical signs (sacraments) to help confirm for us (and in us) his work of grace, and his timeless message of salvation.

All the more reason to stay cool!

“Content with the idea of being old and ugly and poor and in pain”

“When I was in my 50’s I was an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and used to take Our Lord to a housebound, devout Catholic  lady in her 90’s. Despite being incredibly bent and wizened, she was  ‘all there’ — though she slept most of the time. I used to sit with her one evening a week for over two years, while her sole caretaker, her daughter, went out to dinner with her friends — caretakers badly need a break to keep from becoming depressed and ill  themselves. I used to love being in the same room as this woman: her personal holiness was such that it felt the same as being in front of  the Blessed Sacrament, full of peace and goodness.

“One night, just before dawn, I had a dream of a radiant young  woman, tall, slim, and elegant in a dress of shimmering starlight coming toward me, smiling.

“She came and embraced me, and even in the dream I felt a surge of joy and physical warmth radiate from her. She turned and walked away into a beautiful landscape, and I awoke filled with wonderful happiness; the clock said five a.m. At eight o’clock  the elderly lady’s daughter called to say her mother had died peacefully  at five a.m.; and I realized she was that the radiant beauty, come to say ‘thanks’ for my bringing Our Lord in the Eucharist to  her, and sitting with her all those evenings.  Until that time, I had looked at feeble, sick old age as a miserable fate; but now I realize that old age is but a temporary phase, in which many of us will come to interior perfection, as this woman did.

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Biblical Citations for the Institution of All Seven of the Sacraments by Jesus Christ


Seven Sacraments Instituted by Christ Our Lord

Published Friday, February 17, 2006 by Taylor Marshall. <!—->

1. Baptism
Matthew 28:19 “Go…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirt.”

2. Confirmation
John 16:7 “If I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you, but if I go, I will send Him to you.”

3. Eucharist
Luke 22:19-20 “This is my Body…This is my Blood…Do this in remembrance of Me.”

4. Matrimony
Mark 19:6 “They are no longer two but one flesh…what God has joined together let no man put asunder.”

5. Holy Orders
Luke 22:19-20 “This is my Body…This is my Blood…Do this in remembrance of Me.”
John 20:22-23 “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any their sins are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.

6. Confession
John 20:22-23 “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any their sins are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.

7. Unction of the Sick
Mark 6:13 “And they anointed with oil many that were sick and healed them.”