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September 28, 2015 – Spiritual Warfare 4: Engaging the Battle in our time

In this last of a series of programs on Spiritual Warfare, Mark and Frances present what they characterize as the Advanced School of Tactics and Strategy in Spiritual Warfare.  Mark and Frances offer great insights from the Saints of Carmel, specifically St. John of the Cross, St. Therese of Lisieux and especially St. Teresa of Avila.  One of the most important safeguards is to not reveal your weakness to your enemy.  We must work to enter into silence, most especially when we are in our moments of darkness.  In addition, and perhaps ironically, when we feel that assault of the enemy pressing us hard, that is actually the time to perhaps take on more penance rather than seeking consolation.  It is also the time to increase our devotion to the very basic practice of our faith, the use of Holy Water, intensity in attending the Mass, recitation of the Rosary and so many other forms of worship and devotion.  Again, the natural tendency here is to seek rest and consolation, but that is exactly what the enemy is hoping we will do.  Finally, Frances and Mark go on to correlate the verse in Ephesians which tells us to “Put on the full armor of God,” to how we must respond to the attacks of our ancient enemy – Satan.  This begins by first acknowledging the existence of our enemy, and then using the strategy and tactics outlined in this program.