It comes complete with crucifixes (one silver and one wooden), a prayer book, a mallet and silver-tipped stakes, a pistol with silver bullets (engraved with a cross), a rosary, blessed candles, holy incense, a mirror, and individual vials of holy water, chrism, brimstone, and holy soil.
Again, I don't subscribe to the folklores and legends of undead beings who arise from their graves at night to suck people's blood, but I do believe in the forces of darkness and evil. I also believe that our Catholic faith equips us with our own weapons of spiritual warfare and compels each of us to strive to overcome the forces of evil.
Shortly before Christmas a vicar from an Anglican church in Iraq gave a harrowing account of four Christian children who were beheaded by ISIS in Iraq because they refused to convert to Islam. From his interview with Orthodox Christian Network:
The vicar of the city’s St George's Church… said ISIS had killed “huge numbers” of believers in Jesus. “Islamic State turned up and said to the children, ‘you say the words that you will follow Mohammad,”’ he said, his voice cracking with emotion.
“The children, all under 15, four of them, said ‘no, we love Yesua (the Iraqi name for Jesus), we have always loved Yesua; we have always followed Yesua; Yesua has always been with us.’ “They [ISIS] said, ‘Say the words.’ They [the children] said, ‘No, we can't.’”
“They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry.”
We hear stories like this in other parts of the world and we feel helpless, but the truth is that we all are given a mission in the battle against evil. It starts by us choosing to be on the right side. We stay in a state of grace, receiving life through the Sacraments and prayer, and live our lives in purity and truth. Enlisted and trained in God's army, we go forth, always receiving new orders and calls, and we really do make a difference.
Every year, on December 28, the Church marks the Feast of the Holy Innocents. We commemorate the children slayed by Herod after the birth of Jesus (Matt. 2:16-18). The feast falls on a Sunday this year so it will be suppressed, but still we remember the innocents, we fight for them, and we pray that, in even the little things that we do, we always may be counted among them.