All created beings including angels, demons (fallen angels) and humans, were created within a hierarchy. We cannot operate outside of our pay grade, and unless God gives us His grace, humans cannot sit upon heavenly thrones that were created for the angels, and left vacant by their fall. Demons are ever aware of this hierarchy and are able to engage us when we do not fill our roles or if we act outside of our authority. There is an order within the church as well as within the domestic church, or the family unit. On this feast day of Saint Padre Pio, a very masculine, spiritual and holy warrior for God, I discuss the fact that men MUST step up and fulfill their role as spiritual protector in order to combat the evils in our present day. The problems we are facing today will not be rooted out with a merely natural approach. Saint Padre Pio, pray for us!
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I came home from Iraq in 2010 at the age of just 20 years old. like many of my generation, I struggled for years with trying to find my place in the world (sometimes with disastrous consequences). I often felt restless and that everything I was ever going to do paled in comparison to the war I had just been a part of. Oh how wrong I was. The Lord in all of his mercy woke me up to the fact that the most important battle I will ever fight is one that can't always be seen; The one for my soul and for the souls around me. It is against powers and principalities who influence the earthly enemies I had just encountered. Over the last 5 years or so, I have become intimately aware of this battle, and more importantly how to fight it! Although the weapons are different, the concepts are the same. My mission is now to share my knowledge with others, especially my fellow combat veterans who are struggling in the midsts of dysfunction or an identity crisis. I assure you brothers and sisters, we are in the fight of our lives.