Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am writing today to ask for your ideas on a proposal for a religious order that I am praying about forming, its name is the Order of the Church Militant.
One would be wondering what my reasons for making said Order is. Well I think the best thing to do is to tell you about the Order first.
Order of the Church Militant (O.C Mil.) would be a religious order that is founded on the very basis of Military Ministry through Military Chaplaincy. All brothers would be required to serve as a military chaplain for a period of 4 years, they would be screened for psychological disorders or illnesses, be prepared physically for the rigors of military life, mentally through philosophical and theological formation, and spiritually through a spirituality of Spiritual Warfare and the salvation of souls. I would like to only briefly explain this.
The three basic tenants of the Order "Spiritual-Mental-Physical" are the three basic tenants that formation would be based on, as is in most formation programs. They would take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and the Order would work closely with the Archdiocese of Military Services so as to provide brothers in formation the opportunity to work as Military Chaplain Candidates. Formation would be up to 9 years for schooling and novitiate. The novitiate would consist of testing the individual on whether or not they can handle not only the spiritual rigors of the order, but also the mental and physical rigors of the order through assidious study in truth, and physical programs of work and PT that would allow the novice to be prepared for military lifestyle and work. Physical Training would be considered a Sacred Task, in that everyone of the Order would be required to pass standards of Physical Excellence.
Brothers would be required to serve up to 4 years in a service branch, once they have done so, should they decide to leave military service they will return to the Order to continue to participate in the other directives of the Order. Primarily those who are not participating in Active Duty Military Service will be participating in a mission of the Salvation of Souls. This mission would be primarily based on Spiritual Warfare. Through their time in military ministry, not only would they gain valuable tools from their military experiences, but they would be able to better learn how to form the soul in a way to fight off the evil one, and grow others to do the same. This religious order would be focused, for those not in Military Service, on forming the souls of those they come in contact with through spiritual formation against a prowling lion, looking for someone to devour ( cf.1 Peter).
In today's society the necessity of defending yourself against the devil is necessary in every portion of one's life. Yet if one can truly understand the very battlefield arrayed against you, then one can be able to destroy the enemy and safeguard the temple from the arrays of the evil one. The Brothers will focus on this ministry through publications, religious retreats, parishes and the formation of academic institutions that are focused on forming the whole person, primarily seminaries for diocesan and religious who can enter into a Sacred spot to study and grow spiritually in a spirituality that is focused primarily on countering the devil in every manner and in every action of not only the spiritual life, but the physical everyday life.
This is only a small bit of what I have so far, if anyone could give me ideas on what they think, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.