Slaying Dragons—Of the Spiritual Kind

Today is the feast day of St. George who is the famed dragon-slayer of stories told throughout Christian history. In reality, he was a martyr for the early Church, living around 300 A.D. However, just because he didn’t slay dragons doesn’t mean that dragons don’t exist.

 

At least not dragons of the spiritual kind.  When I think of dragons in terms of spirituality, I think of those things that seem impossible to defeat.  Perhaps it’s an addiction, or a way of thinking, or the inability of separating yourself from people and things in life that hold you back from God.  Oftentimes for me, my dragons come in the form of negative thoughts that creep into my mind, throwing their flames and destroying all positive and hopeful thoughts that come into their path.

 

Today, as I think about St. George and his feast day, I am reminded of a passage from St. Paul that seems a fitting way to defeat a dragon – by putting on the armor of God. This quote from Ephesians has come up at different points in my life, often when I am facing a hard struggle and need the help of God the most.

 

In case you are unfamiliar with the passage regarding the armor of God, it is: “So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace.  At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil one. And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you” (Ephesians 6:14-17).

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