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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‼️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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Did you know St. Teresa of Calcutta is Lauren’s absolute favorite Saint? She even went to her canonization in Rome 2 years ago!! Check out the video for more about this amazing Saint of great humility and faith. Tag someone who also loves and has a devotion to Mother Teresa. ❤️💙
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“There is nothing better to display the truth in an excellent light, than a clear and simple statement of facts.” -St. Benedict
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Does your kid get a little Saint Box? How much do they love it?? This awesome, excited young man is just too happy to match his Daddy!
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🌹”Prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trail as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus.”🌹
-St.Therese of Lisieux
With a seatbelt you can prevent yourself from getting injuries.
Just like our prayer lives. How do you expect your life to go easy when you don’t shield yourself with prayer.
When waking up each morning it should ring a bell that God is giving you another day for a reason. Don’t waste it for His sake because it’s not worth it to gain the world and lose your soul.
You’ve heard of people sleeping and dying in their sleep. No sound, no pain, just simple heart problems and just at a blink of an eye they died with no warning or maybe you felt it as if you are blessed to have another day.
God’s mercy is endless, but taking advantage of that mercy can cost you a lot.
The first thing you do when you get to the car is put on your seatbelt since you know it’s for your own protection.
When actually the first thing you should do before you even turn the car on is to pray and offer your day to God’s will and to be under God’s hands.
Most of us barely remember praying in the car on our daily commute and when something bad happens, we blame Him and dare to ask Him why He let this happen.
Those who are consistent in their prayer life and know what prayer is. Those are the happiest and will always find happiness after suffering.
So how about you enjoy life, be a happy Christian, & pray more often, will you?
At the end, it is your life and each one of us will handle the consequences of our actions.
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These amazing words from Dr. Gianna Molla, the daughter of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla. Dr. Molla is the baby that Saint Gianna gave her life for. // At the end she says if you have your prayers answered through her “saint moms” intercession to let her know. // I have been blessed to experience a lot in my life, but this is without a doubt one of the most amazing things ever. The next photo is of my sobbing when I first met her and realized who she was. // Saint Gianna Beretta, pray for us. // Like it. Share it.
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This is a question I get asked a lot! Why do you Catholic Church has saints? Here is the answer!
“My little children, your hearts, are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.” -Saint John Vianney
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“Actions speak louder than words. Let your words teach and your actions speak.” -St. Anthony of Padua
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St. Charbel Makhlouf (1828 – 1898) was a Maronite monk and priest from Lebanon, known during his life and after his death as a saint, mystic, and a great miracle-worker. He is also known for his holy wisdom, gleaned from a life of penance, deep prayer, and silence. One of the themes he articulated was the foundational importance of the human family in God’s created order and salvation history, and Satan’s attacks against it.
The war of the Evil One against the Lord is his war against the family, and the war of the Evil One against the family is the core of his war against the Lord. Because the family is the image of God, from the beginning of the creation of this universe, The Evil one is focusing on destroying the family, the foundation of God’s plan.”
– St. Charbel
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