Friday, June 22, 2012

Discernment of Spirits

Something that I would find rather amusing if it wasn't so pitiful:

I was watching a video given by a priest on "discernment of spirits" according to St. Ignatius' guidelines. Not long into the video the priest basically insinuated that satan and the demonic world didn't really exist and that it is not a necessary aspect in discernment of spirits.


Maybe he should have a little talk with Fr. Gabriele Amorth on that one.

On a brighter note: I easily discerned this spirit.


  1. I have no idea how to get rid of the white parts. Does anyone know? It keeps happening and I don't know how to fix it.

  2. Um...what's the point of discernment of spirits if there are no evil spirits?

    On the other hand, that would make it easier.

    "This spirit is GOOD."

    "How do you know?"

    "There are no other kind."

    "WOW! Now I can discern spirits too!"

  3. And we wonder why so many Catholics have no idea about the true aspects of their Faith...and no wonder why satan has such a hold on people. We allow him in everywhere simply by denying he even exists. So sad.

    The white part....I'm not sure but there should be a way to change the background color...and it's right next to where you change the text color when you are composing your post. Go back to edit and see if you see it there.

  4. Jane,
    Lol! Funny Comment! The video struck my funnybone too despite the subject matter :)

    I guess his point was we can discern whether something is of the human spirit or from the Lord. That's fine - I can understand his point there, however, if you throw out demonic influence you are basically tossing out the words of the Bible concerning this issue, the stance of the Church, and the work of many saints. St. Padre Pio was physically attacked by demons as were others.

  5. Nancy,
    Old Slewfoot loves when we don't believe that he exists - it makes his job all that much easier.

    Thanks for the information on the white part. I'll go check it out.

    I hope you and your family are well, Nancy. Thanks for commenting :)

  6. Nancy,
    It doesn't show up on compose but when I clicked on HTML I saw it there. The thing is - I don't know which parts to erase. It's confusing, so I guess I'll leave it. Makes my blog look messy, but it could be worse ;) I must be accidentally hitting a button or something...

  7. The priest on the video was using spirit in a bottle at the time.

    The white parts are put there because they are important for people to read.

    God bless.

  8. What(hic)? Spirit in a bottle? Where?
    Good spirit or bad? How do you discern it? Hic!

    whiskey = bad spirit
    cognac = good spirit
    beer = man's spirit

  9. See, Victor, I have the gift of discernment :)

  10. I would never have expected to be laughing through comments on such a topic, but I am grateful for the gift of humor that makes such matters easier to look at. I'm reminded of a talk I gave in a prayer group some years ago. I called it "Horton Hears What Who?" With apologies to Dr. Seuss, I suggest that we're always influenced by someone.. but who? The Holy Who? The Human Who? The Boo Who? Being a huge fan of the Ignatian exercies - and knowing that discernment of ALL the "whos" is at the core of them - I can only cry about the priest's unfortunate remarks. Boo who.


  12. Replied to your comment on my Blog.

    God bless.

  13. Mary, To answer your question on the white's an HTML problem. If you see the HTML button on the posting page (upper left side) you can fix it from there, but if you can't read HTML then that will make it hard. In the HTML format it will say: color="white" or background="FFFFFF" -delete those parts.

    Just so you know, if you cut and paste from another web site onto your post it can create those white backgrounds. If you do that then paste it "as plain text". But sometimes the white background just happens, I'm not sure why.

    I hope I explained that well enough!! HTML is confusing!!

  14. Good one, Nancy! You're getting into the spirit of things here! Loved the "Horton hears what who" comments! Speaking of who, maybe the priest should should speak to (who?) the Holy See - might peel a few of the scales off his eyes?

    Speaking of Horton Hears a Who - we loved that book and movie. Michaela saw it twice!

  15. Victor,
    I bet you did! On my way!

  16. Hi Jennifer,
    I always paste as plain text so I know it's not that but when I went to HTML I saw the white, etc...

    Thanks for explaining this in detail!

    God bless!

  17. UGH! Jennifer, I just went back to the HTML...what a mess! I'm leaving it :)

  18. LOL!!! :-D Yup that's HTML! A mess!!Just like my house is right now!! I'll just have to tell my hubby it's just HTML!!!! ;-)

  19. A bit scary. How can you tell if a sense of humour is the work of a demon, Mary? It might be time to grow up and grow more holy, I think.

    And, also, how evil is it to get the giggles when you're confessing your sins?

    God bless, Mary, from a soon-to-be-reformed former sinner:-)

  20. That's a new one.....

    I know for a fact there are evil spirits out there.....

    Hugs to you my dear.

  21. Jennifer,
    You have a right to a messy house, I don't :) One kid and my house gets messy? Sheesh!

  22. Vicky,
    The devil doesn't have a sense of humor :) Do you get the giggles when you confess your sins? Lol! Tell me more!

    The Queen of Inappropriate Laughter

  23. Grace,
    Me too, my friend, me too. Hugs!

  24. Mary,
    I've just tagged you for a meme - I hope it didn't leave a bruise.

    No more about the confession except that the priest told me to go away:-(

  25. I'm just disappointed that Victor took my joke about spirits=alcohol.

    God Bless.