Sunday, July 03, 2005

Spiritual Warfare: Weapons & Tactics

In the last meeting of the St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers we discussed the commitment we have to protect our families – physically, financially, emotionally and spiritually. The conversation quickly focused on the Ancient War, the Spiritual Combat we find ourselves engaged in as the Church Militant. As the spiritual leaders of our families, we are at the frontline of this battle. What can we do to arm ourselves against the devil and his minions? I was reviewing my notes from a conference I attended last year in which Father John Corapi, SOLT, spoke on this very issues. Here are his suggested tactics and weapons to combat satan:

1. Get straight & get right with God!
2. You can be holier.
3. Nurture your relationship with Him.
4. Learn your faith. “Studying the faith is studying Jesus Christ.”
5. Pray to your Guardian Angel for protection and help.
6. Pray the Rosary – “the greatest weapon;” “prayer of the Gospel. When you pray the rosary, you pray the Gospel, the Good News, the Word made Flesh, who is Jesus”
7. Receive the Sacraments frequently

a. Frequent Communion (i.e., daily mass)
b. More frequent Reconciliation
8. Use the Sacramentals
a.Holy Water
b. Brown Scapular – like “dog tags” it identifies us as children of Mary, the Mother of God; we reflect on prayer & penance; you may grasp it to overcome the temptation

This of course is not an exhaustive list of weapons and tactics. These are simply part of "basic training" guidelines. Perhaps in a later blog I will discuss the tactics & weapons of Special Forces in Spititual Warfare.

For now, may the Lord bless you and your family and fill you with the grace necessary to do His will.

J.M.J. <><

3 comments:

Fatherman said...

Juan,

Huge issue! Thanks for this blog, I'm looking forward to it. Love the list and feel I missed a good seminar. I'd like to expand on the one item I like the most on the list that every man should remember. It's helped me. Item #1. Get right with God, and for most of us reading this blog that means get right once again! That's "repentence"! Everytime, repentence. My Dad used to say that God lets us pick up the ball again no matter how many times we've dropped it. I like that. I need to hear that again. Men, the level of grace is never exceeded with our heavenly Dad. We need to once again fall on our face lay it all out and ask for His forgiveness and help in learning from where we are in our walk. Help us to mature in our faith and relish in us being His creation and what He is doing in us. Just to be aware of this means He's working in you and on you. My very good friend used to have a saying "Thank God He sees me as a Life project!"...Pick up the ball

Javier said...

My dear brothers in Christ:

I’d like to build upon the message of the previous posts regarding commitment to protecting our families and our responsibility as a church militant. I feel it is important to add a reminder that as Catholics we are part of the catholic church; that is, we are part of something universal. Often, even the most dedicated of Catholics have a very parochial view of the church and are thus unaware or indifferent to the fact that our spiritual family extends well beyond the walls of our home or even of our parish.

Cardinal George of Chicago recently said that any parish community that cannot see beyond the walls of its own church is nothing more than a social club. This is a difficult and very challenging comment since it is easiest for most of us to identify our faith with our local church and thus we feel that our interaction with Christ is satisfied through our interaction at our parish. However, if we truly believe and understand that our mission as Christians is to be Christ-like, then we cannot allow ourselves to fall into this insular state of mind.

Just as Christ began his ministry with those in his own household by asking his parents, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”, so too must we begin with those in our homes. This is the first place of our own ministry and thus the most important. But Christ did not stop with his household or his extended family; he brought the Good News to those outside of his village, province, and religion. He commanded his disciples to make disciples of all nations and so this too is his commandment to us.

As soldiers of Christ, our first responsibility is to our families, but they are not our only responsibility. Being leaders by being servants is a way of life – it must be present in all aspects of our lives: family, friends, work, and all else. Our giving of our time, talent, and treasure must extend beyond the walls of our homes and parishes. Some might argue that there are only 24-hours in the day and no one can do it all - - true enough, but to them I would respond that we are people to whom much has been given and that much is expected of us. Fear not, for through Christ all things are possible and when we allow ourselves to truly submit to his will, we are given all that is needed to accomplish what is expected of us.

seneca okere said...

I like this post a lot. I liked the part about the rosary, and how it is the prayer of the Gospels. I also like the little fish you put next to J.M.J, on a less serious note.