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Feb 20, 2019

Spiritual Warfare in Everyday Christian Life

The Ascension Team

Spiritual warfare is more than just an analogy.

It is a reality.

Quite literally, it is a struggle between two kingdoms—a battle between man and that which draws man away from God.

This fighting and resisting evil is a common experience, yet many don’t believe they are at war. Therefore they come unprepared to fight the battle.

Today Mike and Dave approach this topic from the viewpoint of evangelists. They discuss the Church Fathers’ understanding of spiritual warfare, the context behind the Church’s teachings on the subject, and practical ways you can resist evil and equip yourself with the best possible resources.

Snippet from the Show

“This is a battle. This isn’t an analogy, it’s not an allegory … We are actually at war.”

SHOWNOTES


Two mistakes we assume about spiritual warfare:

  1. Looking at it as a personal faith issue, that the victory comes from you.
  2. That this is just a small part of the Faith.

Resources mentioned in the show

Gaudium et Spes

1 Peter 8

Anima Christi

5 Practical Tips:

  1. Pray the St. Michael the Archangel prayer
  2. Rekindle your relationship with your guardian angel
  3. Read about St. Joseph terror of demons
  4. Read Colossians 1-2
  5. Do a Marian consecration. There are many different forms.


Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past ten years, both as a full-time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries.

He is also the founder and creative director of LayEvangelist.com, and the producer and cohost of a Catholic young adult podcast Catching Foxes, which discusses the collision of Faith and Culture.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon. Together they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night, which is alright by him.

David “Dave” VanVickle

David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen. Since then, he has dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader. His programs focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Amber and their five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.

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