Strategies for Spiritual Warfare

The best way to engage in spiritual warfare, therefore, is not to pray against the evil directly but to pray for what is positive. The best way to counter all that is ugly, evil, and false is to support all that is beautiful, good, and true The post Strategies for Spiritual Warfare appeared first on The Catholic Gentleman.

Strategies for Spiritual Warfare

The strategy for spiritual warfare is therefore passionate, proactive, and positive. It is passionate because the heart is aflame with love for all that is beautiful, good, and true. It is proactive because it steps out with confidence and faith to engage evil. It is positive because it supports all that is good and strong rather than simply praying against the darkness and evil.

This positive, passionate, and proactive strategy also helps us to avoid the pitfalls of spiritual warfare. If we get too wrapped up in the evil we can be drawn into evil ourselves. If we focus too much on the darkness we can be drawn into a pit of paranoia—seeking to push back against evil with a spirit of punishment, revenge, anger, and destruction. These tendencies can sometimes lead us into the dark side of our own personalities and bring out the worst in us rather than the best. When we focus on prayer that is passionate, proactive, and positive we battle as children of the light, not sons of the dark.

I once asked an old priest how many people attended his early morning Mass. He smiled through twinkling eyes and said, “There were thousands… but I could only see three.” His wise words remind us that the final strategy for spiritual warfare is to remember that we do not fight alone. We are part of an army—not only of our brothers in this world but on the other side. We fight with all the saints and angels who battle with us for all that is beautiful, good, and true.

When I explained these spiritual strategies to Tom he was immensely encouraged. He was able to see his vocation to spiritual warfare for what it was: rather than being a dark night wrestling alone with unnamable and terrifying evils he saw himself as a humble and radiant warrior in the armies of the Lord of Light.

Reprinted with permission from Those Catholic Men. Check out more articles like this one in Sword&Spade.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England.

Fr Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight.

Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. Fr Dwight spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing to over twenty-five magazines, papers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the USA. In addition he has written sixteen books on Catholic spirituality, apologetics and culture and he has one of America’s top rated religious blogs—Standing on My Head.

In 2006 Dwight returned with his family to the United States and was ordained as a Catholic priest under the Pastoral Provision—a system through which married former Protestant ministers may receive a dispensation from the vow of celibacy in order to be ordained as Catholic priests. He is the parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary church in Greenville, South Carolina. Visit his website and browse his books at

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