Catholics seem to be having a renewed interest in the topic of spiritual warfare these days.
Pope Francis has mentioned the devil in his homilies frequently, warning us against his infernal tactics to turn us away from God. Our headlines are filled with evidence of cultural unrest and societal decay in many parts of the world, including our own. ISIS is on the march and leaving scores of martyred Christians in their wake. The Church is enduring scandal and confusion is spreading.
So, it's not surprising that people are noticing that the devil is keeping busy, and as a result are showing greater interest in spiritual warfare. In fact, one of our most popular-selling books currently is the Manual for Spiritual Warfare which contains wisdom and prayers of the saints who persevered in the devil's battle for their souls.
A PARISH MISSION ON SPIRITUAL WARFAREHow do demons work? How do they tempt us? How can we recognize their evil influence? How do we resist them?
To answer these common questions, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary church in Rochester, New Hampshire, invited priest and exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger, a full-time exorcist for the diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to give a guest lecture for their Spiritual Warfare Conference on October 4-5, 2015. Below are the videos of these lectures that were uploaded online.
November is the month dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, so it is the ideal time to not only pray for the faithful departed, but to also reflect on the greater spiritual reality taking place around us in order that we, with the grace of God, can avoid going there too.
I think our readers will find that these eye-opening talks will leave us better equipped to fight against evil, to more easily recognize the temptations that we face in our lives, and to strive more perfectly for heaven. See also An Exorcist Tells His Story written by the Vatican's former chief exorcist.
PART ONE: DEMONS & POSSESSION
PART TWO: WEAPONS AGAINST THE DEMONIC
After you watch/listen, please comment below your thoughts on these lectures. What part stuck out to you the most?