Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spiritual Sunday


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I'm posting this on Saturday night, Halloween. I hope you don't mind that I'm posting something heavy for Spiritual Sunday. Well, to think of it all things of the Lord are "heavy" - with importance! This one is something some people don't like to think about or talk about.

We enjoy watching Fr. John Corapi on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) on Saturday and Sunday nights, and Mondays at 1 p.m. We have also seen him in person a few years ago when he spoke at a church here where we live. He is truly a Man of God. We receive weekly email from his website and this was part of last week's. Katherine

The Battle Between Good and Evil

As Halloween approaches, we are surrounded by themes of the occult, ghosts, demons, curses, and hauntings. Demonic and occult themes permeate the media at this time of year. Most of this material is pure fiction, yet the part that is not fiction is an acknowledgment that angels and demons exist.

One cannot understand reality if one brackets out a large portion of reality - the preternatural order (angels and demons). If you try to arrive at valid conclusions concerning reality, but have left out a good part of that reality you are engaged in an exercise in futility. So many things today can only be understood in the light of this spiritual reality. Have you ever wondered why so many apparently educated and intelligent people just don't get it, especially with respect to such life and death matters as abortion?

There is a battle that goes on in the spiritual order between the forces of God and the forces of Satan, "the adversary." This battle between cosmic good and evil, between angels and demons, has man caught in the crosshairs. Man is an active player in his own salvation. We need the help of our allies the angels. To fail to enlist their help is reckless. To fail to realize the reality of the enemy forces, the demonic legions, can be ultimately and eternally fatal.

We are at war and our battle is not against flesh and blood, as St. Paul warns us in Ephesians 6. The battle between good and evil, truth and lies, life and death involves these angelic legions - good and evil. We are soldiers in God's army, like it or not, believe it or not. We must be aware of these fundamental teachings, learn them, and live in accordance with them.

God bless you,

Fr. John Corapi

5 comments:

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Katherine, what a powerful message, yes we are in the army of the Lord, and we have been and will continue to be in a battle. But thank the Lord, i have read the last page, and we win!! thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Sue

Mary said...

This is very, very good, Katherine...I've not heard of this man, but I would love to hear more of his teachings. This is a subject that is becoming clearer to me as the days go by...realizing that we are entering a difficult time in our world, I have been acutely aware that we, I, those that I love, are not consciously thinking about the spiritual battles taking place, and that the need to be alert and to pray are immense. Children going out tonight for treats seems innocent...so many things "seem" innocent, but they are only idle activities that play into satan's hands. As soldiers in God's army, our work is to pray, to stand strong, and to witness of God's love and of His coming judgement.

Thanks so much for posting this great truth that is so ignored.

God bless,
Mary

Denise said...

Such a powerful, powerful message.

Susan said...

YES!!! That is why we are instructed to FIGHT the good fight of faith and to put on the whole ARMOR of God. We wouldn't need to fight, or wear armor if we were not in a battle between good and evil. Thanks for posting this. It is a topic of which so many in the church have not been taught and are not aware.
Susan

Ginger said...

WOW~ This is powerful! I have never heard of him before. I think I will have to find his web page and read more about him. Thank-you for posting this today. Spiritual warfare is frighting. I'm wearing my armor of God daily.
God Bless,
Ginger