Gift: Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.
Reading: War broke out in heaven;
Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. (Rev 12:7)
And he said to him, “Amen, amen,* I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (John 1:51)
Observation: This morning, I couldn’t help thinking back to our prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood yesterday. Usually, I would assume that there were demons hanging over that 40,000 square foot facility that was built to carry out the lies of the devil. However, because of all of our prayers, I envision Saint Michael sitting on top of that building just waiting for the order to destroy the evil, and our hope is that God will transform it with the help of a new administration in power in our nation’s capital After November’s election.
Personification: Peace. I don’t think I journal on the display of peace very often because it is not a fruit that I feel is necessary in today’s world that is so full of evil. However, when seen in. the light of the battle has already been won and we know that the Devil will not win in the end, it seems more appropriate to display the fruit of peace now.
Prayer: St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.