3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to God unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels,5 And every height that exhalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ;
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Douay-Rheims
It seems to me that with each passing day, the forces of Satan and his fallen angels, demons and all his evil spirits keep gaining ground in every aspect of our lived lives, while the loyal forces of our Lord and God Jesus Christ, seem to be losing long held gains from antiquity paid for with the blood of the martyrs and the faithful. The battle wages on and the spiritual body count keeps piling up. At times we are left senseless, confused, and at a loss for what to do and what we can do.
In those moments of confusion, we tend to forget Jesus’ promise to us, “…..And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock[a] I will build my church, and the gates of hell[b] shall not prevail against it.” We already know the ending, but it does not mean it is going to be an easy road. We still need to engage the enemy and we still need to make the ultimate sacrifice if we are called upon to make it, just like our martyrs did before us and some still do.
I have chosen my words carefully above. I started my post with the words, “It seems….” That is what Satan would like you to believe. He would like you to believe that we have lost the battle and will eventually lose the war. This tactic worked in the Garden of Eden and has been used by Satan for century after century with the same results…why not use it again. The second carefully selected wording was my use of the words, “… and some still do.” It is my contention that it should not be ‘some’ that are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our Lord and Saviour, but each and every Catholic, when called upon, should be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice or whatever sacrifice we are called upon to make in the name of our Lord and Saviour. If we cannot, we will still eventually win the war but at a far higher price of lost souls, perhaps including your own.
Though much has been written about spiritual warfare, I want to focus on a great resource that I recently came across. that has helped me in my daily battles with evil, temptation, sin and despair. I have started to make great use of a small but powerful book that compiles many prayers that can be used individually or as group for spiritual combat against the forces of evil: Deliverance Prayers – For use by the Laity by Fr. Chad A Ripperger PHD. You can find it here:
The book is divided into 5 parts, of which the last one is an appendix with some powerful resources. The book is a compilation of prayers that are used by the Catholic Church and the faithful, and are available in the public domain. All are found in this one handy resource.
The book is broken out into these 5 parts:
Part 1 Deliverance Prayers – this part includes a wide array of prayers for protection from all sorts of spiritual evil. It also includes Binding & Deliverance prayers and Invocations.
Part 2 Devotional Prayers – to heavenly Hosts and the Trinity asking for help and guidance in spiritual warfare and for spiritual protection.
Part 3 Healing Prayers – to assist and heal those of us who are wounded in spiritual battle.
Part 4 – Association of the Auxilium Christianorum – A series of daily prayers if one chooses to be a member of this association. These daily prayers assist laity and support Priestly vocations in their battle against spiritual evil on behalf of the Church. These prayers focus on the Church Militant.
Part 5 Appendices – this part includes an exhaustive list of Sins, Vices and Spirits (used by exorcists priests to determine the sin, vice or spirit involved). It also has an appendix for an Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments. Finally, it includes prayers to break the Freemasons Curse.
This is one small book that packs a massive spiritual punch. Every Catholic home should have a copy. I just ordered a second copy for my brother – a fellow warrior in the battle for souls.
Copyright 2018, Luciano Corbo