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August 29, 2014  

(Jas 4:7) Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil: and he will fly from you.

POPE FRANCIS: “Who Christ fights and defeats is the evil one who sows discord between man and man, between nation and nation; who generates exclusion because of idolatry of money; who sows poison into the hearts of young people. Jesus Christ has fought and won over him with His sacrifice of love so if we remain in Him, in His love, we too, like the martyrs, can live and witness his victory.”

FATHER HEILMAN: Spiritual Warfare: You Are a Commissioned Officer

EXCERPT CATHOLIC SUN: The ‘Father of Lies’ must be opposed, cathedral rector tells faithful

Satan is not one to go down easily in a fight. When we take the battle to him, we can be sure he’s going to go down swinging, taking as many victims with him as he can. At 4:48 p.m. this afternoon and again at 5:51 p.m., as I was thinking and praying about these words, a very loud alarm went off on my phone. It was a weather alert: A dust storm warning until…yep, you guessed it…7 p.m. tonight! I thought, “Wow, can you believe it? Something to discourage those who are on the fence about coming tonight!”

But please don’t think that even this weather alert is a mere coincidence. Anyone involved in exorcism or deliverance ministry will tell you that, when on their way to do battle with Satan—to pray for and over someone pestered by demonic influences—any number of things can happen to impede the trip—from a car breaking down, to locking your keys in the house, to a swarm of bees showing up around your car. I didn’t even make these examples up…they’ve really happened!

Satan — and those he uses to carry out his plans — is counting on Christians to cower, to give in to fear…to hunker down rather than stand up. He’ll try every trick in the book, playing on our sense of fairness, appealing to political correctness, manipulating our desire for human respect, kicking up a dust storm, to keep us from standing firmly in the truth — the truth that evil must be opposed vigorously. If we’ve learned anything from 20th century history — from the murderous dictatorships that arose during the century just concluded — it is that the agents of evil are terrified of us recognizing our power in Christ. Evil is terrified that we will respond. We must not be afraid! We must not feel helpless! We must not believe the Father of Lies when he tells us we’re outgunned and outmatched just because a few influential people and institutions wield worldly power! Why? Because as St. Paul said to the Ephesians:

“…we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:12)

Yes, our spiritual foes are more cunning and more powerful than the human beings, and the institutions they employ to carry out their mission. But we must never…ever…forget, who we have on our side in the spiritual battle…the One True God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

We must not get discouraged when our faith is attacked. In fact, the greater our faith, the more we will see such attacks—like the “black mass” in Oklahoma—as an “invitation” from the Lord to stand up and confidently let the Light of Christ shine. In a great spiritual book entitled, Into Your Hands, Father, the author writes:

“God makes use of evil in such a superb way and with such skill that the result is better than if there had never been evil.”

RELATED: A lesson in prudence: Stopping the Black Mass in Oklahoma City

VIA THE SHIELD OF FAITH BLOG: A citizen's prayer to St. Michael Archangel

Years ago I clipped this prayer out of a collection of prayers to St. Michael.  I keep it near my desk and pray it often.

"Please protect us, St. Michael the Archangel, against violence, murder and robbery.  In your goodness preserve us today from all the malice of sinful and wicked men.  In your sleepless vigilance watch over the safety and welfare of our homes, and keep guard over our possessions.  Ever hold in your special care, most triumphant St. Michael, the forces of public order against the crimes of evil men, and defend all honest citizens in time of peril.  We ask this of you through Christ, our Lord.  Amen."

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Discretion 

52. He also said, 'Suppose there are three men living together. One lives a life in stillness, the second is ill but gives thanks to God, the third serves the needs of others with sincerity. These three men are alike, it is as if they were all doing the same work.

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