Fr. Rick Heilman established the “United States Grace Force,” because, he says, the time we’re in is a call to wake up and recognize that the battle we face is a “Spiritual Battle.”
In his book, “Church Militant, Field Manual,” Fr. Rick starts all the way back, with St. Paul, in Ephesians 6:10. Paul tells us to “Be strong in the Lord and put on the full armor of God so you can stand the tactics of the devil because we are not fighting a war against flesh and blood.”
What’s going on right now? Are we in a “time out” where we can be by ourselves and think about things? What does it mean to be spiritually strong, to “put on the full armor of God against the powers of the world?”
We’re emerging from a grim period of spiritual weakness where a vast majority of Christians ceased to believe in the supernatural power of God. As a result, Satan has been able to move around almost unabated, while in spiritual terms we stood there naked with no spiritual armor, no spiritual weapons to stand against Satan’s evil designs.
St. Paul wrote there will be terrible times, people will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, callous, licentious, hating what is good, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, as they make pretense of religion but deny its power.
What’s needed now more than ever is to grow an army that is strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. This is what makes these special forces prayer warriors unique; every last soul in this remnant “Grace Force” has an unwavering belief in the supernatural power of God.
This is the key; it is literally the key that opens the door to the divine life, to a supernaturally powered life in the state of grace.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen talked about three levels: “Man may live at three different levels, the Sensate, the Intellectual and the Divine. These may be likened to a three-story house. Sensate level on the first floor represents those who deny any other reality except pleasure that comes from the flesh. Their house is rather poorly furnished and capable of giving intermittent thrills which quickly dry up. The occupant of this first floor is not interested in being told of higher levels of existence, in fact, he may even deny their existence.
“On the second floor, there is an intellectual level of existence, the scientist, historian, journalist, humorist, the man who has brought to a peak all of the powers of human reason and human will. It is a much more comfortable kind of existence and far most satisfying to the human spirit. Those on the second floor may think their floor is a closed universe, regarding as superstitious those who desire a higher life.
“But there is actually a third floor which is the floor of Grace by which the human heart is illumined by truths which reason cannot know, by which the will is strengthened by a power quite beyond all psychological aids, and the heart is entranced with a love which never fails with a peace that cannot be found on the two lower levels. The world therefore is divided into the once born and the twice born, between the sons of the old Adam and the sons of the new Adam, Christ. Between the unregenerate and the regenerate, there is a real inequality in the world. There are superior and inferior peoples but the basis of distinction is not color, race, nationality or wealth. The superior people of the earth are the Supermen, the God men; the inferior people are those who have been called to that superior state, but as yet have not embraced it. But the reborn must follow the laws of Divine Life, for which the Lord has prepared all the Sacraments.”
Under the supernatural power of God, we are called to be Superman or Superwoman. But the sad reality is that far too many have rejected this invitation to a superior life in favor of an inferior life. In other words, the supernatural power offer is not forced upon us like we’re robots or something. No, God respects our free will, so I can choose him as my God, or I can choose myself as my God.
Our ultimate purpose, said St. Paul in 2 Timothy 2:3, calls us to be good soldiers in Christ Jesus. Yes, we are being called to fight the mother of all wars against the powerful evil spirits in the heavenly realm. But we are sure to meet our demise unless we discover these battles can’t be won without first acquiring God’s strength and mighty power.
Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power; put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the Devil’s schemes. God is looking to recruit spiritual warriors to step up and embrace the call, but God needs warriors who are strong in His power. Let’s make America holy again. Amen.