Why we need the Church, the Sacraments, and the Saints to fight Satan – Catholic World Report

In the first part of my conversation with Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, we spoke about spiritual warfare, fighting Satan, and escaping the darkness of evil. These and many related topics are addressed in his trilogy entitled Called Out of Darkness: Contending with Evil through the Church, Virtue, and Prayer. The first two volumes, Christ Versus Satan in Our Daily Lives: The Cosmic Struggle Between Good and Evil (Ignatius Press, 2020) and Escape from Evil’s Darkness: The Light of Christ in the Church, Spiritual Conversion, and Moral Conversion (Ignatius Press, 2021) are now out. The third volume in the current trilogy, entitled The Moral Wisdom of the Catholic Church: Principles of Personal and Social Ethics, is due out from Ignatius Press early next year. In this second part of the interview, Fr. Spitzer further discusses the nature of the struggle against evil and the role of the Church, the saints, and the sacraments in combating sin. CWR: Why is it important that we have the Church to help us in this struggle against evil? There might be some who would say “It’s sufficient to simply call on Jesus for help.” So what is it that the Church uniquely offers in this struggle? Fr. Spitzer: It’s a very good question. Of course, we can always start off with the question: Why did Jesus start the Church? What did he have in mind when he said, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I’ll give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatsoever you declare loose on earth will be loosed on heaven, what you declare bound on earth will be bound in heaven.” Why did he say that? Why did he do that?

Why we need the Church, the Sacraments, and the Saints to fight Satan – Catholic World Report

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