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Powerful Prayer To St. Michael the Archangel To Begin Your Day With This Lent

Powerful Prayer To St. Michael the Archangel To Begin Your Day With This Lent

This prayer reminds us of the great spiritual battle that occurs in our own Lenten desert.

The holy season of Lent is chiefly inspired by the decision of Jesus to prepare for his public ministry by first going into the desert for 40 days. While there, he engaged in a great spiritual battle with the devil, as it is narrated in the Gospels (cf. Matthew 4:1-11). The reality of Jesus’ encounter reminds us that we also have a battle to fight, and this battle is often heightened during the penitential season of Lent.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church confirms that “We are engaged in the battle ‘between flesh and spirit’” and “[s]uch a battle and such a victory become possible only through prayer. It is by his prayer that Jesus vanquishes the tempter, both at the outset of his public mission and in the ultimate struggle of his agony.”

One prayer that emphasizes these spiritual truths is a prayer from St. Aloysius Gonzaga. It is a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, asking the angelic being for assistance in this daily struggle against the Evil One. It also references a tradition that St. Michael led the Jewish people through the desert during their 40 years of wandering before reaching the Promised Land. In this way it is fitting for St. Michael to accompany us in our own Lenten journey through the desert.

O Victorious Prince, most humble guardian of the Church of God and of faithful souls, who with such charity and zeal took part in so many conflicts and gained such great victories over the enemy; for the conservation and protection of the honor and glory we all owe to God, as well as for the promotion of our salvation, come, we pray Thee, to our assistance, for we are continually besieged with such great perils by Thy enemies: the flesh, the world, and the devil; and as Thou wast a leader for the people of God through the desert, so also be our faithful leader and companion through the desert of this world, until Thou conduct us safely into the happy land of the living, in that blessed fatherland from which we are all exiles. Amen.

Saints Of The Day, Feb. 20: Francisco And Jacinta Marto 

Saints Of The Day, Feb. 20: Francisco And Jacinta Marto 

Francisco and Jacinta

Fatima children, Francisco 11, and Jacinta 10, are the youngest non-martyrs to be canonized in the history of the Church. The brother and sister, who tended to their families’ sheep with their cousin Lucia Santo in the fields of Fatima, Portugal, witnessed the apparitions of Mary, now commonly known as Our Lady of Fatima.

During the first apparition, which took place May 13, 1917, Our Lady asked the three children to say the Rosary and to make sacrifices, offering them for the conversion of sinners. The children did, praying often, giving their lunch to beggars and going without food themselves. They offered up their daily crosses and even refrained from drinking water on hot days.

In October 1918, Francisco and Jacinta became seriously ill with the Spanish flu. Our Lady appeared to them and said she would to take them to heaven soon.

Bed-ridden, Francisco requested his first Communion. The following day, Francisco died, April 14, 1919. Jacinta suffered a long illness as well. She was eventually transferred to a Lisbon hospital and operated for an abscess in her chest, but her health did not improve. She died Feb. 20, 1920.

Pope John Paul II beatified Francisco and Jacinta May 13, 2000, on the 83rd anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima.

Pope Francis on May 13, 2017 officially declared Francisco and Jacinta Marto saints of the Catholic Church in front of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at Fatima, Portugal – teaching us that even young children can become saints.

Sts. Francisco and Jacinta, Pray for us! 

The Slained Archbishop Who Stooped To Speak For The Poor And Helpless 

The Slained Archbishop Who Stooped To Speak For The Poor And Helpless 

Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (15 August 1917 – 24 March 1980) was a prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador, who served as the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture. 

Even the community leaders were kidnapped and molested. The Salvadorans therefore lived in fear till this Hero stood up to challenge and expose the arrogance of the Government. Today, he is always remembered by Salvadorans. He died, because he chose to fight and save the helpless Salvadorans. He chose to fight the Government because he believed that it was his right to do so as an Elite and Father to Salvador Christians.  

Pope Francis stated during Romero’s beatification that “His ministry was distinguished by his particular attention to the most poor and marginalized.” Hailed as a hero by supporters of liberation theology inspired by his work, Romero, according to his biographer, “was not interested in liberation theology” but faithfully adhered to Catholic teachings on liberation and a preferential option for the poor, desiring a social revolution based on interior reform. Up to the end of his life, his spiritual life drew much from the spirituality of Opus Dei. While seen as a social conservative at his appointment as archbishop in 1977, he was deeply affected by the murder of his friend and fellow priest Rutilio Grande a few weeks after his own appointment and subsequently developed into an outspoken social activist.

In 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence. Though no one was ever convicted for the crime, investigations by the UN-created Truth Commission for El Salvador concluded that extreme-right wing politician and death squad leader Roberto D’Aubuisson had given the order.

– Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero, Pray For Us!  

This Powerful Saint And Monk Came From Heaven To Offer The Holy Eucharist To A New York Woman! 

This Powerful Saint And Monk Came From Heaven To Offer The Holy Eucharist To A New York Woman! 

St. Charbel


I’m Here Waiting For You Every Day

    In 1987, on my third trip to Medjugorje, I purchased a book called Modern Saints by Ann Ball, and therein was a story about St. Charbel. I loved him instantly and discovered, lo and behold, he was canonized on my birthday, October 9th.

I lived in New York City at the time, and my church was Notre Dame on the upper west side by Columbia University. Daily Mass was said in the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes each day at 8 A.M. One particular Saturday, I woke up late, and was so hungry I ate my oatmeal…..but didn’t leave myself enough time to fast before Communion. I kept praying, “Oh Jesus, what miracle could allow me to receive You?”

I knew I needed one hour of fast time. This kept on, and when the Consecration occurred, I did not have the required one hour to receive. During this time, a rather odd-looking old man entered the side door. He was dressed like a monk, but didn’t look like our Franciscans. I was rather annoyed by his appearance since I thought he was some psychotic New Yorker.

After Mass ended, I stayed in the grotto to pray. I noticed to my right I could see into the sacristy and there was the priest who just said Mass changing out of his vestments and the “odd” looking monk changing into vestments. The little monk was coming out to say Mass! We never have a second daily Mass, but this visitor was going to say one, and this would give me the chance to receiving Our Lord! I was overjoyed.

During the Mass, the monk was praying in a language I didn’t understand. It wasn’t Latin because I know Latin, but I couldn’t decipher what language it was. I was the only one there, and during the Consecration, the monk looked at me and his eyes said, “Do you want to receive?” I eagerly nodded back “Yes!” We both could understand each other without saying a word. 

When Mass was over, I went in to thank the pastor (the first priest who said Mass and functioned as the altar server for the monk). I said, “Father, you don’t know what a great miracle this was, that I got to receive Communion!” The monk smiled with a look of abundant joy, happiness and humor – the look of someone who laughs a lot and is very happy. The pastor didn’t seem to get my point.

     The next day I went back again. I saw the pastor and couldn’t stop telling him what a great miracle it was for me. Then I said to him, “Father, by the way, who was that priest?” “I don’t know,” he replied, “I never saw him before.” I couldn’t believe my ears! What priest would allow another one to say Mass without knowing who he was?

 Several months went by. I opened my book of Modern Saints again. I turned to St. Charbel and honestly, almost had a heart attack when I saw his picture. HE WAS THE MONK!!! He had appeared to say the Mass for me. Can you imagine? I later found out he has appeared numerous times since his death. I was glad I didn’t know at the time who he was or I would have had a stroke. St. Charbel had a great devotion to the Holy Mass and the Blessed Sacrament. 

Anyway, I haven’t seen him since, but I know there is a picture of him in Charlie’s store in Medjugorje. I’ve asked those brothers to sell me the picture, but they declined because it was a gift given to them. I thought the miracle of St. Charbel was so awesome, and then today a voice inside of me said, “But I’m there waiting for you in the Eucharist every day, to show you how much I love you. I sent Charbel so he could carry Me to you…that’s how much I wanted to receive you, too.”

Jesus waits for us every day in the Mass. He performed the greatest miracle on earth when He created the Eucharist. A small piece of bread, blessed, transformed into HIS presence, waiting for us. The graces we receive at Mass are incalculable. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Jesus in person…
 

Jane told her story to the editor of mysticpost.com while they were on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in 2002, so he asked her to write her story.

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