For the greater part of the twentieth century, the faithful recited the prayer to St. Michael at the end of the Mass. Pope Leo XIII (d. 1903) had a prophetic vision of the coming century of sorrow and war. After celebrating Mass, the Holy Father was conferring with his cardinals. Suddenly, he fell to the floor. The cardinals immediately called for a doctor. No pulse was detected, and the Holy Father was feared dead. Just as suddenly, Pope Leo awoke and said, “What a horrible picture I was permitted to see!” In this vision, God gave Satan the choice of one century in which to do his worst work against the Church. The devil chose the twentieth century. So moved was the Holy Father from this vision that he composed the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel: “St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle! Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who roam about the world seeking the ruin of souls.” Pope Leo ordered this prayer said at the conclusion of Mass in 1886. (When Pope Paul VI issued the Novus Ordo of the Mass in 1968, the prayer to St. Michael and the reading of the “last gospel” at the end of the Mass were suppressed.)
In the Spring of 1994, our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, urged the faithful to offer the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. He also made the strong suggestion that the recitation of the prayer be instituted at Mass once again. (Note that the Holy Father did not mandate the recitation of the prayer at Mass.) Clearly, the Holy Father was responding to the grave evils we see present in our world– the sins of abortion, euthanasia, terrorism, genocide, and the like. Satan and the other fallen angels are doing their best to lead souls to Hell. We need the help of St. Michael! For this reason, many parishes have erected a shrine in St. Michael’s honor or offer the prayer in his honor at the conclusion of Mass.
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What a joy to return to Harvard and give a lecture (“Creed & Communion”) to 300+ folks in the beautiful Church of St. Paul last Friday night. Special thanks go to Fr. William Kelly and the Harvard Catholic Student Center for their warmth and hospitality.
God bless you Dr. Scott Hahn! 🙏🕊🇻🇦
Via @scottwhahn 📖
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“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.”
This nearly mirrors the Little Flower’s famous saying, “We must do small things with great love.” When we put this into practice with our family members, it may well involve doing the petty, grievous things, such as getting a child a glass of water or bringing in the newspaper for our spouse. But these acts, when done with kindness and true charity, multiply so that the home is filled with harmony and love.
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#HurricaneFlorence has put the East Coast in harm’s way! #KofC launched a donation drive to do just that. We need YOUR help! Please DONATE. 100% of the funds go to those affected by the storm.
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‼️Must Read‼️ I was speechless while reading this.
– “I have to admit, I always wondered what this part of Psalm 23 meant. I thought “He anoints my head with oil” was figurative language for God keeping the Psalmist healthy. I never knew this parallel.
Anoint my head with oil “Sheep can get their head caught in briers and die trying to get untangled. There are horrid little flies that like to torment sheep by laying eggs in their nostrils which turn into worms and drive the sheep to beat their head against a rock, sometimes to death. Their ears and eyes are also susceptible to tormenting insects. So the shepherd anoints their whole head with oil. Then there is peace. That oil forms a barrier of protection against the evil that tries to destroy the sheep. Do you have times of mental torment? Do the worrisome thoughts invade your mind over and over? Do you beat your head against a wall trying to stop them? Have you ever asked God to anoint your head with oil? He has an endless supply! His oil protects and makes it possible for you to fix your heart, mind, and eyes on Him today and always! There is peace in the valley! May our good good Father anoint your head with oil today so that your cup overflows with blessings! God is good and He is faithful!!”’
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In fine, “thy name, O Mother of God, is filled with divine graces and blessings,” as St. Methodius says. So much so, that St. Bonaventure declares, “that thy name, O Mary, cannot be pronounced without bringing some grace to him who does so devoutly.”. . grant, O Lady, that we may often remember to name thee with love and confidence; for this practice either shows the possession of divine grace, or else is a pledge that we shall soon recover it.
On the other hand, Thomas a Kempis affirms “that the devils fear the Queen of heaven to such a degree, that only on hearing her great name pronounced, they fly from him who does so as from a burning fire.” The Blessed Virgin herself revealed to St. Bridget “that there is not on earth a sinner, however devoid he may be of the love of God, from whom the devil is not obliged immediately to fly, if he invokes her holy name with a determination to repent.” On another occasion she repeated the same thing to the saint, saying, “that all the devils venerate and fear her name to such a degree, that on hearing it they immediately loosen the claws with which they hold the soul captive.” Our Blessed Lady also told St. Bridget, “that in the same way as the rebel angels fly from sinners who invoke the name of Mary, so also do the good angels approach nearer to just souls who pronounce her name with devotion.”
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“Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side… whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament.”
—from the writings of St. Augustine, Sermon 3, 2; circa A.D. 410
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“First, I want to thank @tomasravaioli for agreeing to do these videos for me. On my last post, there were some skeptics. So, I asked Father Tomas to please send me something to put their minds at ease about him still being in Papua New Guinea, and for those who can and want to donate.
I am the one who asked him how we could donate to help these adorable children.
He and I are in different time zones. In PNG it is a little after 9:00 am on September 12th, and where I am it is after 6:00 pm and still September 11th!
Father had to leave PNG a few years back due to his own health reasons, but came back once well to continue his mission there.
Since I posted about this this morning, over $1200.00 more has been raised to help the people in PNG bringing the total to $1430.00. That is almost halfway to their goal!
There are 2 ways to donate, one is in my bio and the other is in my highlights from my stories. One is for medical, and the other is to go toward them purchasing a sawmill that will help them with their building needs.
If you can’t or don’t want to donate, then please just remember them in your prayers.
Thanks again @tomasravaioli for being so understanding and putting others minds at ease. ….and…. a BIG thank you to all of you for your prayers and donations. God bless 🙏🏻”
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We praise You for all Your gifts to us. In a special way, we thank You for Friar Roberto.
Bless him always in Your love. Bless us too, Holy Father, and this food with which we celebrate. Help us all to praise You and give You glory Through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen.
Praise God for the life of friar Roberto!🙌🎂
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Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
“Beginning with Mary’s unique cooperation with the working of the Holy Spirit, the Churches developed their prayer to the holy Mother of God, centering it on the Person of Christ manifested in His mysteries. In countless hymns and antiphons expressing this prayer, two movements usually alternate with one another: the first "magnifies” the Lord for the “great things” He did for His lowly servant and through her for all human beings. The second entrusts the supplications and praises of the children of God to the Mother of Jesus, because she now knows the humanity which, in her, the Son of God espoused.“
—from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 2675.
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