The Lord sends us into spiritual combat. lt is a fight to the death that he himself has undertaken, and one that we too are invited to identify as our own ultimate battleground, conscious that it is Gods war. For it is a war waged against the enemy of human nature, that is, in the language of Saint Ignatius, the devil. It is also the war waged by ‘the friend of human nature,’ the Lord Jesus, who wants to win us for God and to gather up into himself all that is good in creation in order to offer it to the Father, to the praise of his glory.
What is at stake in this war? It is whether in my heart, as well as in the heart of the Church and of humanity itself, the Kingdom of Heaven will be established, with his law of love and the Lord’s way of life: poverty, humility, and service.
Or whether the kingdom of this world will triumph, with its laws and values of wealth, vanity, and pride.
An excerpt from “ln Him Only Is Our Hope” by Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio