The present global corona virus lock down, however well-meant or effective or warranted it may be, is unquestionably the greatest assault on human society since WWII. It’s nothing near as bad as that titanic war, of course, but it’s bad. It attacks man on all fronts: biological, financial, economic, social, psychological, cultural – and, of course, and at root, and so most importantly, spiritual.
Almost no one is going to be able to worship in Church today, or what is far worse, the day after tomorrow. The churches will be almost completely empty this Easter.
This means that the lock down is a gigantic tactical victory for the Enemy. The whole Church is in abeyance, for a time; and this is massively hard on morale in our ranks. It means then that this Lent, and especially this Triduum, is bound to be a time of unusually intense demonic oppression. At this time, more than at any other in recent memory, our Enemy is likely to press his attack with utmost vigor. And indeed, priests and deacons all over the world have reported a huge surge in demonic activity, ranging from spiritual lassitude, dryness, heaviness or despair, to possession.
It is not unlikely that this demonic attack will reach a maximum between noon and 3 PM today: the hours in which Christians celebrate, worship, pray, and mourn as they remember the hours that God hung on the Cross in agony. It is the darkest moment of the Christian calendar.
Beware then, during those hours. Be on your guard against spiritual ambush. You may not be able to get to church this afternoon, but you certainly can spend it in especially focused prayer. For this purpose, allow me to recommend two particularly apt prayers, adapted for lay use by a sapient Catholic mystic I am fortunate to know: the Prayer Against Satan & the Rebellious Angels, and the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
God be with us, all, on this, the anniversary of the planting of the glorious trophy of our cosmic battle, at that point in the field where the tide decisively turned in favor of our winning side: Golgotha.
Remember in your terror as the earth trembles and the skies shake at the reverberation of that victory – we call that shaking the motion of the spheres, and by them are we given our Earth and our Sky in the first place (for, that shaking perdures from Alpha to Omega; the whole of cosmic history orbits Calvary) – that the Veil of the Temple is by it torn in two, from top to bottom; so that, thenceforth forevermore, we can all if we would look from here directly into the Holy of Holies, and see Eternity himself, face to face.
Look, then, as hard as you can, from our present darkness, and into that terrible Light. The demons are powerless before him. He is then your protection, and your sure defense; there is no other.