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Get ‘Ready’

New EWTN show trains men for battle

Doug Barry is a spiritual warrior, husband and father who has promoted the Catholic faith through varied media and is best known for co-hosting the popular EWTN program “Life On the Rock.”

He recently left that show to produce and host a new program called “Battle Ready,” which debuted on EWTN on March 6 and will continue to air Sundays at 11:30 p.m. (Eastern).

Barry, 52, lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Denise. They have seven children (including two miscarriages), who range in age from 24 years old to age 16.

Fathers for Good asked Barry about his new show.

Fathers for Good: What is the meaning of “Battle Ready” and who is the show meant to reach?

Doug Barry: “Battle Ready” is an initiative that began about five years ago, before the launching of the EWTN show by that name. The intention originally was to reach men with a message that would wake up the fighting spirit in their souls and encourage them to see the reality of the spiritual battle. It is imperative that we are not only aware of the spiritual battle around us but that we prepare for it daily and engage in it. When “Battle Ready” began, it involved sending out emails and speaking publicly around the country. Eventually the conversation at EWTN began about doing a show, and here we are a year later with that show now airing on television. The goal of the show is to reach all Catholics, men and women, young and old, to make them aware of, prepared for, and engaged in the spiritual battle. There is far too much at stake for us to take this lightly.

FFG: Explain the Warrior’s Ethos.

Doug Barry: The Warrior’s Ethos is a simple, clear, four-part reminder of what every soldier must live out.

As a soldier of Christ:

I will always place the mission first. A true soldier understands the importance of the mission. Completing the mission is of the utmost importance and that mission is the vocation that God calls us to.

I will never accept defeat. Giving up on God’s mercy, giving up the fight and allowing the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil to overtake us, and then abandoning hope, should never even enter into our minds.

I will never quit! Those who persevere to the end will find salvation. Giving up as a Christian is not an option no matter how difficult the circumstances are.

I will never leave a fallen comrade behind. As Catholic men we are built to search and rescue. It is not only in the DNA of a well-formed conscience to run into dangerous situations and rescue, it is also in the DNA of the Gospels and of the Catholic Church.   

FFG: What message do you have for Catholic fathers?

Doug Barry: The message is that every Catholic father/husband needs to understand that there is a battle going on for our souls and for the souls of those whom God has entrusted to our care. The enemy that seeks to destroy us is relentless. He doesn’t eat, he doesn’t sleep, and he will stop at nothing to disrupt and destroy every aspect of our relationship with God. He wants us defeated and imprisoned forever. The reality of this battle is largely ignored by too many. We as Catholic men have a unique place in the world to embrace the weapons of heaven and bring serious warfare to this enemy. The demons fear a Catholic man who is prepared and takes his duty seriously. Present and future generations are depending on how well we men fight this fight and that we do it with zeal and conviction for Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother!

For more information about the show and Doug Barry’s many initiatives, visit Battle Ready.