BATTLE READY's Mission
BATTLE READY is an effort to encourage and strengthen the fighting spirit in all Christians. Nearly 2000 years ago the Catholic Church was established by Christ. It was built on St. Peter, the ROCK, the first Pope. In the gospel of Matthew 16:18-19 Jesus tells Peter, "And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." From the start and by Christ's own words, it is clear-hell exists and the Church is under attack, as are each one of us. There are also constant references in the inspired Word of God, the Bible, to spiritual warfare and battle on this earth!
“For our battle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.” - Eph 6:12
"Be sober and vigilant: your enemy the devil is roaming around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." -1 Peter 5:8
"Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him." -Revelation 12: 7-9
"Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and bear witness to Jesus."
- Revelation 12:17
Even the Catechism of the Catholic Church goes on to say, "The whole of man's history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day." - CCC 409
Some Christians do not take this spiritual warfare seriously. It is BATTLE READY's mission, to God-willing spread the message of the spiritual war raging around us and God-willing, reach the souls of those who need to hear this message.
WE NEED TO ENGAGE IN THE FIGHT FOR SOULS!
From the fall of man we have been aware that there is an enemy that seeks to destroy us. The idea that this truth is somehow outdated or is not relevant in our day is dangerous. The most serious decisions you and I will ever make are those that effect the salvation or damnation of our souls.
There is a great danger in ignoring the reality of the conflict with evil that we all face. The attacks against those things that are good, holy and noble are very real and are ongoing. Before our actions towards this spiritual battle will change, our way of thinking and our understanding of the truth of it must change. We must be aware of the big picture.
We are the Church Militant. One of the three parts of the Catholic Church. The other two are, The Church Suffering and The Church Triumphant. The Church has always taught that while we live in this world we are at war with spiritual enemies, most clearly expressed by temptations and attacks that come from the world, the flesh and the devil.
Our baptism as Christians we are commissioned to go out with a missionary spirit. The mission is the command of Christ Himself:
"Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
- Matt 28:19-20 -
There are many ways to engage in the spiritual fight. Each day is a battle in different ways. We battle temptation on a personal basis and we battle the attacks on those things that are good, holy and noble. We also have the responsibility to engage in the spiritual protection of those who have been given to our care, especially through our vocation. As a priest, for example, those who God places in your ministry path. Those of us who are married have a tremendous duty to fight for the soul of our spouse. If children have been given to you then you have a very important role in the formation and protection of the gift of faith that comes to them from God. We fight for our children by teaching them the Catholic faith with courage, strength and gentleness. We need to show them zeal, which can only happen when we are filled with that zeal. The devil is trying to destroy those under your care. He is desperately attempting to ruin their faith. Fight for them! ENGAGE!
There is no way around it. It goes with the territory of being a Christian. The prince of theologians, St, Thomas Aquinas writes:"Each one is under obligation to show forth his faith, either to instruct and encourage others of the faithful, or to repel the attacks of unbelievers." - St. Thomas / Summa Theologica
“A great prayer for life is urgently needed...Prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil.” - Saint John Paul II, The Gospel of Life
"If one does not prepare for the fight, he will not survive it."
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To Be BATTLE READY:
1. Be aware of the spiritual battle in our midst
2. Always be prepared for battle with the necessary means at hand
3. Engage in the battle for souls with commitment and zeal
Important sources to help prepare you for spiritual battle:
- Matt 19:17 -
A Real Action Hero
Follow the lead of this great man.
St. Joseph was as BATTLE READY as
it gets. He has been given many titles. Guardian of the Redeemer - Guardian of the Mother of the Redeemer - Pillar of Families - to name a few. One title that really emphasizes the nature and position he has been given is Conqueror of hell. He was fearless in his obedience to God. He dedicated his life to defending TRUTH Himself.