Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Saturday 31 July |
Saint of the Day: St. Ignatius Loyola
home iconChurch
line break icon

We’re called to join the army of this “Warrior Queen”



Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 09/04/18

It's not a time to sit around and complain. There's work to be done.

Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron says that there is a “spiritual call” in our times, and it’s linked to a feast day we’ve recently celebrated: the Queenship of Mary.

In a video q-and-a with Brandon Vogt, his colleague at Word on Fire, Bishop Barron gives a range of considerations on the sexual abuse scandal, including the “testimony” from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

He concludes his reflections with some ideas on “spiritual warfare.”

“On the [August 22] Feast Day of the Queenship of Mary, I talked [with priests] about why it’s not a twee, sentimental feast. On the contrary, Mary the Queen is associated with Christ the King. And in the Israelite tradition, the king and his queen mother are warrior figures. They do battle with the enemies of Israel. And so now Christ and Mary, his queen mother, are warriors in the great spiritual struggle,” he said.

The concept of spiritual warfare points to the fact that though we cannot see it, life on earth is a battle against the work of Satan and his demons, even as we count on the victory of divine grace and the aid of angels and saints.

“Does anyone doubt that the demonic power has been at work in this terrible time? I think you’d be naïve in the extreme to deny it,” Bishop Barron said.

“What’s our job?” he asked. “Get in the army. Get in the army of Christ the King and Mary the Queen Mother, and fight with them for the purification of our Church: through prayer and penance, through abstinence and fasting, through raising of one’s voice and calling of the bishops—whatever means you want to use, cooperate with Christ the King in his cleansing and purifying work. That’s the spiritual call of our time.”

See the full transcript of the q-and-a here.


Read more:
When the Devil’s at work, here’s what St. Ignatius says we should do

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
J-P Mauro
Reconstructing a 12th-century pipe organ discovered in the Holy L...
Mathilde De Robien
Did you know Princess Di was buried with a rosary?
Zelda Caldwell
German women’s gymnastics teams modest dress protests sport’s ...
Lauren Daigle
J-P Mauro
After 3 years Lauren Daigle ousts herself from #1 Billboard spot
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.