What does it mean to view Spiritual Warfare from a Catholic perspective? For the past fifty to one hundred years the concept of spiritual warfare has largely fallen from the vernacular of the Church. Fortunately, for many in need some of our Protestant Brothers and Sisters held on to the belief in the Devil and the understanding of spiritual warfare. Now very often the theology of spiritual warfare falls into two insufficient categories: The first is that it focuses on the extraordinary work of evil and the second is that it falls into a more protestant understanding of spiritual warfare. I am not saying there is anything wrong with a protestant understanding but we can learn a lot from reclaiming a thoroughly Catholic understanding of spiritual warfare.
Here are some marks of a distinctively Catholic view of spiritual warfare:
These are some marks of a distinctively Catholic theology of spiritual warfare. I’d love hear what I may have left out. If you can think of any please feel free to comment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.