'Life on the Rock' co-host to lead spiritual warfare event tonight
ELYSBURG - In a demonstration of down-to earth spiritual warfare, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church will become battle ready Saturday.
A special "Battle Ready Rally" will be presented at the church, starting at 7 p.m. The rally was conceived and will be presented by Doug Barry, co-host of the popular EWTN show "Life on the Rock."
It was more than 20 years ago when Barry started his ministry known as Radix - named after the Latin word for "roots." While he preached, Barry noticed the women were easily outnumbering the men at his rallies.
"The women were coming to me in tears, thanking me for my words and saying they were going to take it back to their husbands hoping to awaken the spiritual leader in them," Barry said.
Statistics have shown, Barry said, children in the homes where the mother is the spiritual leader will follow in the faith about 35 percent of the time. When the father is the leader, the number jumps to more than 90 percent.
When Barry speaks to the men, some points really hit home, he said.
"There are a few Scriptures we use that, after they are absorbed, you see men hug their wives a little closer in their seats, maybe hold their kids a little tighter," Barry said. "That is what we want. We want to give them the energy to fight and awaken their souls."
The rally's initiative is about "waking up and strengthening the fighting spirit." Barry will offer a "positive, powerful and encouraging message" in his presentation, through which he attempts to get people to have a better understanding and deeper commitment to their spiritual lives.
Barry, who resides in Nebraska, will speak on the need to respond to the call from the church and Pope Francis to evangelize, unify in Christ's name and kindle the fire of the faith. He will talk about the spiritual fight everyone faces and will draw on scripture, church teaching and what the saints and popes have said in regard to being part of a spiritual fight.
"When we think of warfare, we always think of some evil dictator trying to erase another country, but we are under spiritual warfare, with information about 50 or 60 percent of marriages ending in divorce, people with addictions to pornography, abortions," Barry said.
Part of the program will focus on the rosary and how it is a powerful weapon in spiritual warfare.
"Real men pray the rosary," Barry said. "It is for much more than old ladies and funerals."
Barry brought home the point of spiritual warfare by quoting scripture from the first book of Peter.
"Be sober and vigilant: your enemy, the devil, is roaming around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour," he said.
There is no charge for the event, but a free-will offering will be accepted. In attendance for Saturday's rally will be the newly-ordained 11th bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, the Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer.
Barry said he was "humbled and honored" when he heard the news the bishop plans to attend the rally. He feels it sets a great example for his message.
"Here is the leader of the diocese, the father if you will, engaging in these events for the sake of his flock. He is being the spiritual leader and everyone will benefit from it," Barry said.
The day's events begin at 5 p.m. with a special Mass celebrated by Gainer, followed by the Battle Ready Rally at 7 p.m.