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Author Topic Rebecca Administrator USA 1232 Posts
Posted - 01/23/2009 : 5:27:32 PM
Michael Brown makes some very good points with his commentary on SpiritDaily today. Here's an excerpt:THERE'S POWER AGAINST EVIL WHEN WE NAME IT FOR WHAT IT IS AND BRING IT TO THE LIGHT
quote:What's in a name? Plenty. For some reason, when we name something -- when we call a thing what it is -- we solve a problem.Forsake metaphors. Stop sugar-coating.When it is named, evil loses power. When something is good, it gains strength in the Light. When it is evil, it loses potency.Look at the abortion crisis. They try to cover up what it really involves. They won't name it. That would expose the evil. Instead of a human, they call what they want to destroy tissue. It is the product of insemination. When a woman wants a child, it's a baby. When she doesn't, it's a fetus. Deception is the devil's energy.How he hides behind falsity! How he loves the shadows! Especially, he hides behind false words. Those who are in favor of terminating the unborn made decisive headway when they changed the debate from abortion to choice. They made evil sound good.Choice implies freedom. It sounds American. It implies a liberty. Unfortunately, it is the right to commit what is extremely wrong. Name it for the evil that it is and you gain power over it. A priest was pointing this out this week. You bring it to the light.Evil grows -- obfuscates -- when we allow it to hide (the devil is the prince of darkness), and so when we see evil we must name it for that. As a Church, we have to stop beating around the bush. When something comes from the devil, we should cite it as coming from the devil (instead of resorting to the terminology of excuse that comes from sociology, psychology, and anthropology, which modern seminarians study more than they study exorcism).Tell it like it is and there is freedom! Confusion is a first sign of the evil one's presence. Deliverance ministers will testify to this. At Gadarenes, didn't Jesus demand that the demons reveal their names? During an exorcism, it is often the naming of a demon that breaks its hold. The same is true of deliverance: spirit of lust, spirit of the occult, spirit of lying, spirit of stubbornness.When we know the name of something, it orients us. It causes us to focus. It reveals the nature of what we must encounter. We have a target. It strips away the factor of surprise. It takes away the confusion that otherwise serves as camouflage. We know there is power in names by the very fact that once we identify a demon it is cast out in the Name of Jesus!That's because when we accurately name something, we are telling the simple truth, and the Bible tells us that the truth will set you free.Source: SpiritDaily.com
Brown's words echo those of Pope John Paul II who writes, quote:
Given such a grave situation, we need now more than ever to have the courage to look the truth in the eye and to call things by their proper name, without yielding to convenient compromises or to the temptation of self-deception. In this regard, the reproach of the Prophet is extremely straightforward: Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness (Is 5:20). -Evangelium Vitae The Gospel of Life, n. 58

RebeccaSeek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand. -Saint Augustine
mikespc99 Inquirer USA 33 Posts

Posted - 01/25/2009 : 7:27:32 PM
I agree! In todays society the words we use change their meaning almost daily, it brings one to consider the fact that the devil will use various meanings to confuse. May the Lord give us the strength and the will, to call evil, what it is, that we may avoid the condemnation of those that call good evil, and evil good.

Jesus I Trust In You. May I share You with all whom I encounter in my daily life.- Michael Burns SOM
aljohns Page Belgium 53 Posts

Posted - 01/26/2009 : 05:17:30 AM
HiI totally agree!!!!! What good is arguing any truth if we do not expose a lie ...A preacher in my home town in england once said The enemy of the truth is not a lie ,its something that sounds like the truth.We have a duty in this trouble world to Name evil for what it is ...evil in all formsAl

al johnsonaka(aljohns)
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