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Who’s Speaking?

Discerning the Good Shepherd’s Voice from that of the Stranger

Christ the Good Shepherd said His own recognize His voice and flee from the voice of the stranger. How do we discern which is the right one? Culling counsels and lessons from the spiritual masters of Church Tradition, this book presents the various voices and their corresponding tell-tale signs so as to properly discern spirits. Learning to discover who is speaking will help the reader to be led to green pastures where the Good Shepherd has prepared an everlasting banquet.

Today’s Blog Post

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost — Homily by Fr. Ermatinger

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Flevit super illam, Enrique Simonet, 1892

Transcription of Audio

Translation of the Epistle for the Nine for Sunday after Pentecost

Brethren: We should not lust after evil things even as they lusted. And do not become idolaters, even as some of them were, as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, even as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day twenty-three thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents. Neither murmur, as some of them murmured, and perished at the hands of the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as a […]

By |August 8th, 2022|

St. Augustine, What Exactly Should We Pray For?

Question 54

If God wants us to ask him for what we need, what precisely is it that we need?

We pray for those things which it is our duty to ask for what we should not hesitate to ask, neither for ourselves, for our friends, and strangers, and yes, even for enemies…If we pray correctly…we pray for nothing except that which makes up the Lord’s Prayer.

from St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer by Fr. Ermatinger

When we pray, we are to pray to God.  We may pray to God through a mediator, asking them to obtain for us this or that, all the while understanding that they obtain these things, through prayer, from God and it is He that bestows such things. When we pray to, or through, a mediator, we are recognizing the Household of God, His Kingdom, and His sovereignty over them. Part of God’s plan of us receiving Him and praising Him for all eternity is that this is done by our […]

By |August 10th, 2022|

Meet the Author

Fr. Cliff Ermatinger is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee where he works full-time as a spiritual consultant and in deliverance ministry. He has a Ph.L and an STL from Regina Apostolorum in Rome and has published 13 books.

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