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spiritual warfare


Captain America, St. Thomas More, & the Spirit of Truth

May 16, 2016 • By

From the John Paul II Messenger Press comes this inspiring article combining two of my favorite things – comic book heroes and Catholicism. I wasn’t exposed to Captain America until the recent Marvel movies, but I quickly came to love him as a character. Here was a man who was a hero before he got his powers. Despite his weak and small stature, Steve Rogers new how to stand for the good and the true. The super serum merely amplified the heroic nature he already had and allowed him to make a bigger stand against the forces of evil.

In a blog post on Parishable Items, Captain America is compared with St. Thomas Moore and the early apostles as examples of the power men have when they are “rooted in the truth.”

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[Podcast] Raising Rebels in a Pagan World

February 26, 2016 • By


Steve Ray is a regular contributor on Catholic Answers Radio and Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel). He speaks at conferences around the world. He is a regular guest on The Journey Home and has appeared on many other radio and TV programs, including Fox News.

In his latest appearance on Catholic Answers Radio, Steve discusses the importance of raising our children with the necessary skills to remain Catholic in today’s culture. Steve explains that despite the christian roots of our country’s founding our current culture is unarguably pagan. Through a series of personal anecdotes from his own role as a father of four, he shares many tips about raising kids who can withstand the temptations, distortions, and traps of the modern world.


[Watch Now] A Call to Battle

January 7, 2016 • By

“The average boy will spend more time watching television by the time he turns 6 years old than he will spend talking to his father over the course of his entire earthly life.”

From Bishop Olmsted’s apostolic exhortation “Into the Breach,” and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix comes this 10 minute, documentary-style short film that seeks to create awareness of a crisis in masculinity found in today’s society.

If you’ve read the original exhortation, you understand what a welcome gift it is. Please watch this video with your family, pray for your children, and share it with your friends.


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[Read Now] A Call to Battle for Catholic Men from Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix

October 3, 2015 • By


Release on September 29, the Feast of the Archangels , ‘Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men’ is a call to action to all Catholic men to re-commit themselves to their faith in order to lead their families and their church through the many battles, lies, and confusion afflicting our society. It is a call to love just as much as it is a call to battle – for love is the weapon that destroys death, heals wounds, and brings us all to the truth of Christ.

“So many men today are confused about who they are and what they are called to do. They don’t even realize that they have a mission to fulfill. So it seemed to me it was important to help our men think seriously about who they are and what they are called to do – what they are called to be.” – Bishop Olmsted

The bishop breaks down his exhortation into 3 parts:  What does it mean to be a Catholic man? How does a Catholic man love? and Why is fatherhood, fully understood, so crucial for every man?

They even made a small video commercial for it! Check it out:

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted is the bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix. He was installed as the fourth bishop of Phoenix on Dec. 20, 2003, and is the spiritual leader of the diocese’s 1.1 million Catholics.

Click here to read ‘Into the Breach: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men’


Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

July 29, 2015 • By


Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

This is a prayer worth memorizing. Fathers and husbands should be especially on guard against the spiritual battles going on in our homes. Our jobs are to get our wives and children to heaven, and we must bless them and pray for their protection always.

Fun Facts: This prayer written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and used to be said at the end of every Mass. That obligation has since been removed, but Catholics are still encouraged to pray it regularly on their own. In his Regina Caeli Address on Sunday 24 April 1994, Pope John Paul II recommended its use, saying:

“May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle that the Letter to the Ephesians speaks of: ‘Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might’ (Ephesians 6:10). The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of St Michael the Archangel (cf. Revelation 12:7). Pope Leo XIII certainly had this picture in mind when, at the end of the last century, he brought in, throughout the Church, a special prayer to St Michael: ‘Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil…’ Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.”