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Discerning Spirits

Fr. Tom Pringle

Homily for the Memorial of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Today’s first reading from the First Letter of St. John is one of my favorites in all of Scripture because it calls us to open our spiritual eyes and ears to see where the Holy Spirit is at work in the world and in the Church. But it also reminds us to be cognizant of how the Evil One is at work in the world. St. John is calling us to recognize the importance of the discernment of spirits in our daily lives.

I know I have said this in a homily before, but it bears repeating: spiritual warfare is a real thing, it is absolutely a real thing. As people of faith, we see it each and every day – all we have to do is turn on the news at night. We see how much hate, deceit, division, and…

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