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By Venatius Oforka, Catholic Exchange, June 24, 2021

Venatius Chukwudum Oforka comes from the town of Isiokpo in Ideato Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria. …

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a chapter in The Art of Spiritual Warfarewhich is available from Sophia Institute Press.


Equipped to Conquer

The Church is the Body of Christ, instituted by Christ as a means of assisting souls to be saved. Christ Himself is the head of this Body, and all the baptized are the members. It was founded to continue the mission of Christ, the hope of the sinking world and of battered humanity. It is for this reason that the Catholic Church describes the Church of Christ on earth as a Church militant. It should be a warring Church indeed, a Church at battle with all the spiritual dark forces in the heavenly places in order to liberate souls held captive and to lead them to salvation.

The Church is constituted to resist the efforts of the enemy to distract many from the righteous path and conduct them away from salvation, which Christ won for them with His blood. Its task is, no doubt, intimidating — fighting against forces that are invisible, more knowledgeable, wiser, more astute, more patient, more persevering, and, above all, more powerful. …

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