Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe)


The archangel Michael…with Satan under foot.

Reading:  “At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book.  ( Daniel 12:1)

Observation:  I will try not to overanalyze this verse since I won’t be supplying the context in which it was written.  However, in light of the Gospel reading today from the book of Matthew which talks about the Son of Man coming in the clouds, I couldn’t help but pick out this verse, since it was the topic of conversation for my wife and I just last night.  It is my understanding, and I think that the prophet Daniel is making very clear here that those which God has always known would follow him and his Son, shall escape the final judgment of this world.  It does not give those who would want to continue to spread the Gospel an excuse to stop, rather it should give all of us a reason to have faith that our work will be seen through to its predestined conclusion, which is the salvation of all those that God knew from the beginning would answer his call.

Personification:  Modesty  I believe that it is incumbent on me to display the fruit of modesty, especially when referring to the fact that God has sent his Son to save us.  I don’t know who God has planned to hear the call and in what way He has planned to call them.  I feel if I can display the fruit of modesty in all the things that I do, with the help of the grace of God, I will be able to at least stay out of the way of the work that God is working through His church, and maybe, just maybe God will grace me with the ability to align my will with His in order to help make their conversion a more seamless transformation.

Prayer:  “O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.

“Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.”

Prayer to St. Michael, The Archangel
by Pope Leo XIII, July 23, 1898 (Abridged)

  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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