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Monday, September 29, 2008

Michael the Archangel

The feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel -- Sept. 29


"AND THERE WAS a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with
the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels; and they prevailed not,
neither was their place found any more in heaven, and that great dragon was
cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth
the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown
down with him." -- Apocalypse 12:7-9

for Our Times

Lucifer has placed his stamp upon the present age. Open and secret
revolt against God and His Church, the spirit of criticism, unbelief and
immorality are spreading. The arrogant boast of Lucifer, "I will be like the
Most High!" re-echoes everywhere. Puffed up with their discoveries and the
progress in material science, men loudly proclaim their self-sufficiency and
deny the existence of a Supreme Being. Governments and secret societies,
plotting against God and striving to blot out from homes and schools, from
offices and factories, all traces of Christianity, show plainly whose
standard they follow. Never before in the world's history were God's rights
so blasphemously mocked and denied, or the rights of man so arrogantly
asserted, as they are today.

These frightful evils must convince us that we must turn to St. Michael,
the Archangel, that glorious prince of Heaven who rendered all glory to God,
conquering Lucifer and casting him into the abyss.

Already three centuries ago, St. Francis de Sales wrote: "Veneration of
St. Michael is the great remedy against despising the rights of God, against
insubordination, skepticism and infidelity"
- vices which are perhaps more
prevalent now than ever before.

Surely, it is time for Christians to "rise from sleep" and to offer
vigorous resistance to the enemies of salvation. The weapons in this
conflict are not the arms of civil warfare, but the spiritual weapons of
prayer and penance, increased fidelity to the Commandments of God, and
frequent reception of the Sacraments. And surely we can choose no better
leader in this conflict than the powerful captain who led the faithful
Angels to victory.

Let us, then, with confident trust invoke the aid and the protection of
this mighty Archangel whose shield bears the inscription: "MI-CHA-EL" -
"Quis ut Deus" - "Who is like unto God?"

The above is taken from "St. Michael the Archangel" published by Tan Books.

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