THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
There is not that much appreciation in the Church about spiritual
warfare. There are those Catholics who do not even believe
there is a real evil being named Satan. Many well-meaning
Catholics try to tackle the ills of society, without being
aware that behind them all is Satan. Thus they are ineffective
in reversing the wrongs, since they are not addressing the
real problem. Even in the work of evangelization, Catholics
proclaim Christ, but are not aware that when they do, they
automatically engage in spiritual battle. They face the diabolical
forces of darkness, which are powerful and can inflict suffering
and pain on them. When the enemy assaults and bloodies them,
they become confused and discouraged, and may even retreat.
there are those Catholics who just want to feel good about
their religiosity. They pray and get consolation. They attend
recollections and get inspired. They do good works and get
satisfied. They worship God and get secure. Well and good.
But again, to live Christ is to share Christ, and to share
Christ is to engage in war. Catholics ought to go forth “with
the praise of God in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in
their hands.” (Ps 149:6).
the war intensifies. Satan’s dominion has spread throughout
the whole world. The tsunami of evil threatens to swamp all
the nations. Oppression and persecution loom. “They
will expel you from the synagogues” (Jn 16:2a). The
anti-life, anti-family, homosexualist forces are out to destroy
religion and faith, family and life. In the USA, prayer, crucifixes
and The Ten Commandments are prohibited in public buildings.
Same-sex marriage is being legalized and institutionalized.
Those who stand on conscience against participating in abortions
or gay adoptions of providing cakes for homosexual weddings
are being charged in court, fined and jailed.
things are going to get worse. Outright persecution of Christians,
already happening is many African and Middle Eastern nations,
is coming to western nations. “In fact, the hour is
coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering
worship to God.” (Jn 16:2b). The US President Obama
is pushing reproductive rights (read abortion and other abominations)
on the nations. He has praised Planned Parenthood, that mass
murderer the unborn. And he told them, “God bless you.”
His god is Satan, and abortion is the sacrifice of children
are in war!
need to intensify the work of evangelization, in response
to the call to the New Evangelization. Those who assault Christians
and their faith “will do this because they have not
known either the Father or (Jesus).” (Jn 16:3). It is
urgent that we make Jesus known to the world.
We do the very work of God, the work of the Spirit of Jesus
whom he has sent. Jesus says that “the Spirit of truth
.... will testify to me.” (Jn 15:26b). But the Spirit
works in and through us, God’s human instruments. So
Jesus further says, “And you also testify” (Jn
15:27a). We must proclaim Christ!
is what Paul and his companions did. “We sat and spoke
with the women who had gathered there.” (Acts 16:13b).
They evangelized in the day-to-day circumstances of life.
“One of them .... listened, and the Lord opened her
heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying.” (Acts
16:14). The Lord opened her heart. It is God’s work.
It is God’s initiative. But God uses human instruments.
Very few, like Saul who became Paul, are spoken to directly
by Jesus. For the rest, Jesus uses us to speak to them. We
speak, they listen, and the Lord opens their heart.
The title of Psalm 149 is “Praise God with Song and
Sword.” Catholics may not readily see worship of God
side by side with war. But that is indeed the case. Song and
sword; worship and war. We worship God for He is the Lord
of all the earth. But there is a usurper who has dominion
over the world. Him we engage in spiritual warfare.
trumpets of war have been sounded. The New Evangelization
has been proclaimed. It is fitting that we “sing to
the Lord a new song” (Ps 149:1b). We “praise his
name in dance, make music with tambourine and lyre”
(Ps 149:3), and like the Israelite assault on Jericho, we
also wield the sword of the Spirit.
rejoices in the worship of His people, and God rejoices as
His people go off to war to establish His dominion. “For
the Lord takes delight in his people” (Ps 149:4a). And
the outcome? God “honors the poor with victory.”