Spiritual Warfare Index
Introduction from the Arlington Catholic Herald
"This Marvelous World -- so loved by the Father, that He sent His only Son for its Salvation -- is the
Theater of a never-ending Battle, being waged for our Dignity and Identity as Free, Spiritual Beings". -- Pope John
Paul II, Mass at Cherry Creek Park, VA.
So we're "Spreading the Gospel". We're Evangelizing the World. We're telling everybody the
Good News about how God Loves us.
Christ Died for us and we can live
Happily ever after, if we follow Him. And
we've got the Holy Spirit to make sure we say it Right.
What could go Wrong?
A lot!!! We have Opposition. Big
Opposition. As Pope John Paul II says, there's a Battle
being waged for our "Dignity and Identity as Free, Spiritual Beings". The Concept of
"Battle", Implies the Existence of Combatants on
Opposing Sides. Who are they? Well, We've seen the Lineup for our-Side. We're the ones out in the
Battlefield, spreading the Gospel. And we're Operating under the Brilliant
Leadership of our Three-Person
God the Father is Directing the Action. Christ
actually came down-into the Trenches to Help us out. And the
Holy Spirit Acts In and Through all of us, Fortifying us. Quite an
Impressive Cast of Characters.
Who's Lined-up, on the Other Side? Well, their Leader is someone everybody seems to
have Forgotten-about. They're led by the Prince of Darkness, the
Father of Lies. Their Leader is Satan
-- the Devil. It's not particularly Popular to Believe-in
Satan these days. Most people think of a Little Horned Guy in Red Tights and they
can't believe anyone could take him Seriously. They figure they don't need to
Worry about him.
I figure we do need to Worry about him.
I've got it on pretty Good Authority that we should. Christ said so
Himself -- constantly. He was always Warning us about the
Evil One and telling us to remain Strong and Vigilant, so that we wouldn't be Susceptible-to
his Traps and Temptations.
The whole reason Christ came, was to Conquer
Satan and to Release the Grip he had on the
World. Satan is not a Man and he's
not a god. He's an Angel -- an
Angel gone really Bad. What happened was this.
When God Created the Angels,
He Created them like He Created us -- with
Free Will. They could Choose to
Accept or Reject
Him. It's hard to imagine an Angel
Rejecting God; after all, they're right there with
Him. They can see Him.
They know how Great He is. But for some reason,
Satan and his Crew Rejected
God anyway. They Refused to Worship
God. They wanted to be Number One
themselves, and God was Getting-in the Way.
Well, Heaven's an awfully Big Place, but there's no room there for People (or
Angels) who won't Worship God.
They just don't fit in too well. So, since these
guys weren't going to Play by the Rules, they were cordially invited to
leave. They were thrown out. Where did they
go? They went to the only place where they could be comfortable.
Those who Reject God are very
Uncomfortable in His Presence. They
need to be far away from Him. So they were
sent to the only place where the Presence of God is Completely Absent. That place, of course,
So what's Satan doing down there today?
Feeling Sorry for himself for missing out on
Heaven? No way! He's so far away from
God, he can't even comprehend that. Besides,
he's too busy. He's trying to get us down
there to Join him. I guess
Misery Loves Company. How does he Operate?
He tries to Adversely Influence our
Free Will. We have the ability-to Accept
or Reject God, just like
he did. God wants us to Accept.
Satan wants us to Reject, and
he tries to Influence us. He tries to make
Sin look really Appealing to us.
He tells us Sin will make us Better, Stronger, Happier People.
He whispers to us, as he whispered to Adam
and Eve, "You shall be like gods". Being an Angel,
Satan is a whole lot more Powerful than Humans are. He's
Faster and Smarter. He can Influence us, inside our Brains.
He can Distort our Attitudes and the Circumstances of our Lives.
Satan is not, however, as Powerful as God.
He's not some kind of, Equal "anti-God" that
God has to Fight with, so that
He can work His Plan without
Interference. God Created Satan, and
He could Crush him in a Heartbeat.
A teacher of mine once told me that Satan is like a Football Coach.
He watches the Films of our Lives, like a Coach watches the Films of Last Week's Game. And then
he Plans his Strategy. Where were you
Weak? Where are there Openings he could get into? When is your Guard-down?
Once he's found those Openings, he uses them
Relentlessly. Are you Lonely? He'll
Tempt you with Sex, or with a Relationship
with someone he knows is Dangerous to you
He'll Tempt you with Booze or
Drugs. Happy? He'll convince
you that you don't need God in your Life at all.
So how do we Overcome this Enemy? Well, First of
all we need to know that God has already Overcome
him. We know how the War Ends and we
know that God Wins. But in the Middle, we could be
Casualties if we're not careful. We avoid being Casualties by
putting on the "Armor of Christ". We need to stay very, very close to
Him and we need His Grace and His Holy
Spirit, Active in our Lives, Constantly. That Spirit gives us the
Wisdom to see Satan and
his Temptations for what they really are --
Counterfeits, taking us away from the Love of
God. And He gives us the
Strength to Resist him.
If we're going to follow God, and if we want to lead others to
Him, we need to take Satan very Seriously. We shouldn't get Lazy,
and figure we'll be fine, on our own, because we won't. He's a lot Smarter than we are and
he knows exactly where we're Weak. We'd be
really Stupid to try to Resist him on our own. We need to
Pray for Grace, and we need to be Constantly Vigilant.
Satan watches the "Film Clips" of our Lives in order to Study our
Weaknesses; we too, need to Study our ENEMY
in order to know what to expect from him and how to Counter
by Father Robert DeGrandis, S.S.J.
by Father Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
by Jesuit Father Francis Xavier Weninger,
by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv
by Fr Patrick McHugh
by Pope Paul VI
Published by Order of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII
by Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi
by Father Antonio Moreno O.P.
by Father Paul A. Duffner O.P.