Monday, July 13, 2015

Kosloski: [Book Review] Church Militant Field Manual

Pope Benedict XVI, while having lunch with the College of Cardinals on May 22, 2012, reflected on the topic of the “battle against evil” and said “though the term ‘ecclesia militans’ [church militant] is ‘somewhat out of fashion,’ it is true, ‘it bears truth in itself.'” (Zenit, emphasis added)

He went on to say:

“We see how evil wishes to dominate the world and that it is necessary to enter into battle with evil,” he explained. “Evil is seen in many forms of violence,” the Pontiff reflected, but also “masked with goodness and precisely this way destroying the moral foundations of society.” (emphasis added)

Father Richard Heilman, a parish priest from the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, took these words of Pope Benedict as a call to action and sought to bring greater light to this invisible “battle against evil” and made it a focal point of his book Church Militant Field Manual: Special Forces Training for the Life in Christ. He saw society crumbling before his eyes and so wrote a book that is aimed not only at combating spiritual evil and rescuing the souls of family and friends, but more importantly, adapting practical spiritual practices for personal holiness.
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1 comment:

  1. This book does a fine job of laying out a "field manual" for members of the Church militant. It is a very useful collection of prayer practices, as well as a guide to strategies of daily prayer which I have not found elsewhere. It makes a great gift, as well, especially for younger adults.

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