spiritual warfare

Fast Before Feast

Christmas is a joyous celebration of the birth of Peace.  So why does the Church precede the feast of December 25 with a somber season of fast, penance and repentance?  A meditation for Advent… The Mass readings for the Second Sunday of Advent (Year A) are Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12. Christmas cards speak […]

Authority over Demons—Spiritual Warfare

Photography © by Andy Coan

Demons.  Satan.  Beelzebub.  Lucifer.  The Devil.  Known by various names, evil spirits are to be found in the Bible, both New and Old Testaments.  Jesus casts them out and has authority over them.  What do we now make of this, living as we do in a scientific age? This post on spiritual warfare and Jesus’s authority over demons or evil […]

The Torment of St. Anthony

"The Torment of St. Anthony" (detail) by Michelangelo

St. Athanasius of Alexandria gifted us a beautiful account of a great saint in the Life of Antony. St. Anthony grew up in a good, loving, wealthy and faithful home in Egypt. He was not drawn to learning his letters, but he was a devoted and obedient son who paid close attention by hearing what was read in his home […]

Encountering the Word — Ephesians 6:10-12

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A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of […]

Encountering the Word — Ephesians 6:12

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “For 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.” (Ephesians 6:12) Print this entry

Encountering the Word — Ephesians 6:12

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “For 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.” (Ephesians 6:10-12) Print this entry

Beginnings

"Lightning on Feathertop" (detail) - Artwork © by Jef Murray

“And that is how the people of Orbaratus destroyed themselves.” Charles sat looking at the old man across the table. Thunder rumbled outside the diamond-paned windows of Charles’ Oxford flat, and the deep purple light of the approaching storm contrasted eerily with the flickers of gold and red from the fireplace and the lighted candles on the mantel. Upon the […]

Encountering the Word — Ephesians 6:10-12

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of […]

The Visible… and the Invisible

Photography © by Andy Coan

I’ve read many term papers in my day. Most of them are no more than a patchwork of quotes.  That’s because college students are smart enough to know that they really can’t say much on their own authority—to make their case, they have to lean on the authority of others more learned than themselves. That’s exactly how the scribes and […]

Encountering the Word — Ephesians 6:10-12

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of […]