Yes, friends. It’s been quiet on this blog lately. Not that I haven’t been busy, of course. I’ve just been busy with things that have kept me away from the blogosphere. I’m back now, filled with new ideas and ready to share them (not all at once, don’t worry).
I’d like to start with the link below. It leads to my latest article for National Catholic Register called, “Good vs. Evil: Spiritual Warfare.” The article is informative (even if I do say so myself) and has gotten a great deal of attention already. I hope that you read it, benefit from it, and then pass the link on to others. Not nearly enough people understand the reality of the devil’s hand in our lives!
I’d also like to share with you the background of the article, because I think that, too, will benefit you. The idea for the article started churning inside my head while I was working on my book soon to be released by Ave Maria Press, Imitating Mary: Eight Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom. From seemingly the moment I began working on the manuscript, our family was hit with an array of difficulties and mishaps that just couldn’t be coincidence. Nor could they be called accidents. “Someone” did not want me to write that book! We had everything from decapitated cats found in the neighbor’s backyard, to an intruder in our home, to some of the wildest computer glitches I’ve ever seen (try typing a manuscript when the pages start flipping forward without your touching the keyboard). There were other troubles, but suffice to say that we knew there was more going on than met the eye. We were embroiled in spiritual warfare.
In the mean time, I noticed that a number of friends and acquaintances were talking about spiritual warfare, sighting various unpleasant happenings and relating curious stories. I began to wonder, “What really is spiritual warfare? How do we define it? What can we do about it?” I had to know for myself and for others’ sake as well.
I approached my editor at National Catholic Register, Amy Smith, with the idea and we batted it around a bit. Once we had a clear concept of what the article would include, Amy gave me the green light, and I dug in. So did “Somebody” else, and the process of working on the article also was fraught with interesting circumstances.
However, as you’ll see when you read “Good vs. Evil: Spiritual Warfare,” there always is hope. The devil may try to interfere with our doing God’s work, but he cannot succeed if we rely on God’s grace and invoke the holy name of Jesus.
So, take heart friends, and do not allow yourselves to be deterred from fulfilling the tasks God has given you. Evil opposition should only serve to strengthen your resolve and draw you nearer to Christ. Particularly, do not allow yourselves to be frightened, since, “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Ro 8:31)
As promised, here’s the link. Enjoy! http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/good-vs.-evil-spiritual-warfare/