Spiritual Warfare and a Chapel of Skulls
September 26, 2011 § 2 Comments
BadCatholic, one of my favorite Catholic blogs (and not just because he attends the same college as Callie!), recently had a cheeky post up about death metal music. It made me laugh out loud several times and that’s how I measure if I want to link to a post or not. I can’t decide between these two great quotes:
“They cannot match the courage of the Christian, who is born trampling on the grave.”
Or the picture of the chapel in Rome made from bones of martyred monks, with the simple caption “We win.”
Just go read it.
I think this particular post hit home for me because I am an easily frightened person. I’m not talking about horror movies though (i.e., Saw, Hostel, etc), which I avoid more because I feel a deep and abiding revulsion at their near-pornographic obsession with the flesh and its sensations. There are deeper levels than the world and the flesh. What frightens me is the devil. I believe in Heaven and therefore hell. I believe in the supernatural world, in angels and demons and spiritual warfare and that you don’t call something unless you want it to come.
With that being said, I am making a novena to the the Archangels. It is their feast day on September 29th. Most Novenas start ten days before the Feast Day, but mine will end right on the Feast itself. This is no new-fangled notion of mine, an attempt to fiddle with centuries of tradition, but merely because I forgot to do it the first day. Not a very auspicious start. But we carry on! It is a very informal novena; I’m saying the St. Michael Prayer and the Guardian Angel Prayer, and then specifically mentioning my intentions in prayer to St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael. I am also making sure I spend at least 10/15 minutes before bed reading my Bible. In doing these small things every day until the 29th, I can only hope that I will become more attuned with my guardian angel and the Archangels. If you have any intentions you’d like me to remember, let me know!