One of the greatest true stories in the Bible is about how the youth, David, slays the giant Goliath. We traditional Catholics are the ones with hardly any resources or power. The progressive modernist have all the power and resources. It is just like in the times during the arian crisis. St. Athanasius said;
‘Who has lost and who has won in the struggle — the one who keeps the buildings or the one who keeps the Faith? The true Faith, obviously.’
So I ask you to please read this rather long Bible passage and meditate on how God worked through a simple boy to overcome a monster.
And there went out a man baseborn from the camp of the Philistines named Goliath, of Geth, whose height was six cubits and a span: And he had a helmet of brass upon his head, and he was clothed with a coat of mail with scales, and the weight of his coat of mail was five thousand sicles of brass: And he had greaves of brass on his legs, and a buckler of brass covered his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’ s beam, and the head of his spear weighed six hundred sicles of iron: and his armourbearer went before him. And standing he cried out to the bands of Israel, and said to them: Why are you come out prepared to fight? am not I a Philistine, and you the servants of Saul? Choose out a man of you, and let him come down and fight hand to hand. If he be able to fight with me, and kill me, we will be servants to you: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, you shall be servants, and shall serve us. And Saul and all the Israelites hearing these words of the Philistine were dismayed, and greatly afraid. 1 Kings 17:4-11
Now the Philistine came out morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. And as he talked with them, that baseborn man whose name was Goliath, the Philistine, of Geth, shewed himself coming up from the camp of the Philistines: and he spoke according to the same words, and David heard them. And all the Israelites when they saw the man, fled from his face, fearing him exceedingly. And some one of Israel said: Have you seen this man that is come up, for he is come up to defy Israel. And the man that shall slay him, the king will enrich with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and will make his father’ s house free from tribute in Israel.
And David spoke to the men that stood by him, saying: What shall be given to the man that shall kill this Philistine, and shall take away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?  And the people answered him the same words saying: These things shall be given to the man that shall slay him. Now when Eliab his eldest brother heard this, when he was speaking with others, he was angry with David, and said: Why earnest thou hither? and why didst thou leave those few sheep in the desert? I know thy pride, and the wickedness of thy heart: that thou art come down to see the battle. 1 Kings 17: 16, 23-28.
And the words which David spoke were heard, and were rehearsed before Saul. And when he was brought to him, he said to him: Let not any man’ s heart be dismayed in him: I thy servant will go, and will fight against the Philistine. And Saul said to David: Thou art not able to withstand this Philistine, nor to fight against him: for thou art but a boy, but he is a warrior from his youth. And David said to Saul: Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, or a bear, and took a ram out of the midst of the flock: And I pursued after them, and struck them, and delivered it out of their mouth: and they rose up against me, and I caught them by the throat, and I strangled and killed them. 1 Kings 17:31-35
And Saul said to David: Go, and the Lord be with thee. And Saul clothed David with his garments, and put a helmet of brass upon his head, and armed him with a coat of mail. And David having girded his sword upon his armour, began to try if he could walk in armour: for he was not accustomed to it. And David said to Saul: I cannot go thus, for I am not used to it. And he laid them off, And he took his staff, which he had always in his hands: and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them into the shepherd’ s scrip, which he had with him, and he took a sling in his hand, and went forth against the Philistine.
And the Philistine came on, and drew nigh against David, and his armourbearer before him. And when the Philistine looked, and beheld David, he despised him. For he was a young man, ruddy, and of a comely countenance. And the Philistine said to David: Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with a staff? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And he said to David: Come to me, and I will give thy flesh to the birds of the air, and to the beasts of the earth. And David said to the Philistine: Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, which thou hast defied.
This day, and the Lord will deliver thee into my hand, and I will slay thee, and take away thy head from thee: and I will give the carcasses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air, and to the beasts of the earth: that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know, that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for it is His battle, and he will deliver you into our hands. And when the Philistine arose and was coming, and drew nigh to meet David, David made haste, and ran to the fight to meet the Philistine. And he put his hand into his scrip, and took a stone, and cast it with the sling, and fetching it about struck the Philistine in the forehead: and the stone was fixed in his forehead, and he fell on his face upon the earth. And David prevailed over the Philistine, with a sling and a stone, and he struck, and slew the Philistine. And as David had no sword in his hand, He ran, and stood over the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath, and slew him, and cut off his head.And the Philistines seeing that their champion was dead, fled away. And the men of Israel and Juda rising up shouted, and pursued after the Philistines till they came to the valley and to the gates of Accaron, and there fell many wounded of the Philistines in the way of Saraim, and as far as Geth, and as far as Accaron. 1 Kings 17:37b-52.
What can we traditional Catholics learn from David’s actions.
- David had prepared himself for God’s mission by fighting lions and wolves while he was doing his lowly job of being a shepherd.
- He had great faith in God and did not fear like the rest of the Israelites.
- He was greatly offended how the pagan Goliath had spoken about the true God.
- His battle and victory came in God’s time, after Goliath had been threatening the Israelites for forty days.
- He did not let his own older brother’s false accusations, that he was full of pride and had an evil heart, keep him from acting.
- He did not let his pride get in the way of God’s mission when Goliath called him a ‘dog’.
- He did not use the normal armor, but simply what he was use to using.
- He knew that he fought in the name of God, who does not save with sword and spear, but by His own power.
- He hit Goliath with the the stone in his weak spot, his forehead, where he was not protected with all his massive amor.
- He immediately cut off Goliath’s head before the other Philistines could come and attack him.
So, as we do battle everyday, we remember David and remind ourselves that it will only be by the Living God that we will accomplish anything. We also constantly remind ourselves that it is not just the men and women with whom we are contending, but with evil spirits. For this reason we need to:
Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. Ephesians 6:11-12
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics who pray and put our faith in God’s power.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.