On this Memorial Day Weekend, let’s also not forget the “veterans” of the spiritual warfare that constantly (though often invisibly) swirls around us, and has been doing so since the fall of Lucifer from heaven and his successful sabotage of the human race by infecting us with that same spirit of rebellion, of waging war against Almighty God.
By veterans of that spiritual conflict I refer, of course, to the saints, and especially the martyrs, who have shown themselves to be valiant soldiers of the Church Militant, even to the shedding of their blood.
But every one of us is called to be such a soldier. And “the weapons we use in our fight are not the world’s weapons but God’s powerful weapons, which we use to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We pull down every presumption that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
When people — not only other people but also ourselves — aren’t armed with the necessary knowledge, they (and we) are going to make bad decisions, and bring disappointment, disaster, and defeat to our lives, to the lives of our loved ones, and to our nation. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” says the Lord (Hosea 4:6). Elsewhere God says, "Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge” (Isaiah 5:13).
We can do our part in this fight — we can be Catholic commandos — by bringing to bear upon the controversial issues of our day the relevant data from Sacred Scripture, from sound philosophy (including logic), from Church history, from Catholic theology and apologetics, from canon law and other important intellectual disciplines, and thus save people (including ourselves) and save our nation from making disastrous decisions. “The lips of the right-minded feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding.” (Proverbs 10:21)
Later this summer I’m launching a lecture tour on the topic “How to Prove That God Exists.” It starts in New England and will eventually sweep across the entire country — including my finally making it to speak in Alaska (God willing), the only one of our 50 states I’ve not yet spoken in (though I lived there for two years when I was 11 and 12 years old).
To raise funds now for this lecture tour and Biblical Foundations International’s many other educational projects, I’m currently making the following extremely generous offer.