Day 3 - St. Michael, the Defender of Christians, Save the Church!

Day 3 - St. Michael, the Defender of Christians, Save the Church!

Say 'The Lord's Prayer'

Say three 'Hail Marys'

Say one 'Glory Be'

Prayer of Intercession

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue;
deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence;
and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.
Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises.
Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence. This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Amen.
                                             From Antónia de Astónaco's Chaplet of St. Michael

Meditation

God's ways of bringing peace and salvation to humanity can often appear surprising. Prophets were usually more contested than listened to: Jesus Himself was contested, even if He is God manifest in the flesh... And He can't be accused of having done things poorly, or blamed for poor marketing!

Not much more can be expected from the Church: as the Council reminds us, She is "a sacramental sign and an instrument of intimate union with God, and of the unity of the whole human race." (Gaudium et Spes, Ch. 4, 42).

We can offer our thanks to the infinite love of God. He offered Himself in the form of His Son, and went as far as to compromise His Glory by 'working' with humans, who are happy to receive His graces, but late to convert.

What is God's 'triumph'? It is our decision to abide by His Plan, it is our minds opening wilfully to  welcome Him, in short: it is the gift of ourselves to Him. It is a hard sacrifice to make, but a very freeing one.

See, what is attractive to believers is Christ, not the Church's "perfection" (which  we learned to expect or not). Jesus Christ makes us look upon the Church with a just eye: the Church is a place where humans can find more or less radical solutions. "Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her to make her holy ... and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless" (Ephesians 5: 25-27).

The Holy Catholic Church, [...] is but the medium through which God comes to us            - Cardinal John Henry Newman

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Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)

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Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6

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