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If I were to describe, simply, the two ways in which homilies/sermons are preached today I would say there is the glass half empty and the glass half full. Those preachers who seek to present to their congregations the ways in which one can achieve the promises of Christ today by watching their program, buying their book or praying some prayer are the example of the glass half empty. Those who preach the Gospel and remind us that our rewards come after suffering, humliation and persecution all culminating on our death and judgment are the example of the glass half full.
The reality is that the world finds the easy message just that: easy. Easy to dissimenate; easy to swollow. This reality has not changed much in the milenia before or after Christ. What has hcnaged however, is our understanding of the unseen world. It far easier to focus on the brand new car or home than it is to encourage and support a person as they dig deep into their own souls in order to make sure that every thing is done wash themselves clean in the Blood of the Lamb. And it is in this that the faithful and many of our shepards have gone terribly wrong.
What the Michael Baglio’s book, The Rite accomplishes for the any reader is the presentation of true events in a manner that is not only easily digestable but thought provoking to the point of fright. Imagine yourself as Father Gary, a priest who not only serves in the very role that bares the title of his vocation but, acting in persona Christi, is called to serve out his vocation under the title of King (and prophet) by trainig and becoming profient in the means of exurting that very autrhority in spiritual hand-to-hand combat. A sobering account to say the least.
Perhaps the lasting benefit of this book is the fact that it broaches the issue of spiritual warfare in a direct and serious manner. I cannot say the same for the film the book spawned as I have yet to see it. But as for the material I read, both the first edition and this second printing, much is done to present fact and not hyperbole.
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