Rome Newsroom, 31 March, 2022 / 8:10 pm (ACI Africa).
The war in Ukraine is a reminder of the invisible spiritual battle that Christians fight every day against the temptation to sin, the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said on Wednesday.
“This war reminds us more and more of the rules of unseen warfare, the spiritual struggle that every Christian wages with the devil, with evil, and his servants,” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said in a video message issued on March 30.
“Today I want to recall another rule of this spiritual struggle,” he said. “Evil always hides in the dark. If the devil and evil deeds are brought to light, if they are debunked, then immediately the devil loses strength. He is destroyed in the light.”
Shevchuk, who is based in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, said that the light of God’s truth weakens and disarms the devil.
“Therefore, if we hide or conceal our sins, our flaws, they become stronger, they dominate us. But when we bring them to light, go to confession, speak of them truthfully to ourselves, and open our hearts to a spiritual father, it is as if we bring the devil to the light and take away his power,” he said.