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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Archangel Michael, our defender

First, I couldn't write here before because I was in a retreat.

Now, I prayed for this blog and God said me about the archangel Michael.

In the New Testament, We read about Michael in two books:

Jude 1, 1-10:

From Jude, servant of Jesus Christ
and brother of James;
to those who are called,
to those who are dear to God the Father
and kept safe for Jesus Christ,
mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
My dear friends, at a time when I was eagerly looking
forward to writing to you about the salvation
that we all share,
I felt that I must write to you
encouraging you to fight hard for the faith
which has been once
and for all entrusted to God's holy people.
Certain people have infiltrated among you,
who were long ago marked down
for condemnation on this account;
without any reverence
they pervert the grace of our God
to debauchery and deny all religion,
rejecting our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
I should like to remind you
-- though you have already learnt it once and for all --
that the Lord rescued the nation from Egypt,
but afterwards he still destroyed the people
who refused to believe him;
and the angels who did not keep to the authority they had,
but left their appointed sphere,
he has kept in darkness in eternal bonds
until the judgement of the great Day.
Sodom and Gomorrah, too,
and the neighbouring towns,
who with the same sexual immorality pursued unnatural lusts,
are put before us as an example
since they are paying the penalty of eternal fire.
Nevertheless, these people are doing the same:
in their delusions they not only defile their bodies
and disregard Authority,
but abuse the Glories as well.
Not even the archangel Michael,
when he was engaged in argument with the devil
about the corpse of Moses,
dared to denounce him in the language of abuse;
all he said was,
'May the Lord rebuke you.'
But these people abuse anything
they do not understand;
and the only things they do understand
-- merely by nature like unreasoning animals --
will turn out to be fatal to them.

Revelation 12, 7-9:

And now war broke out in heaven,
when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon.
The dragon fought back with his angels,
but they were defeated and driven out of heaven.
The great dragon, the primeval serpent,
known as the devil or Satan,
who had led all the world astray,
was hurled down to the earth
and his angels were hurled down with him.

Now, let's pray asking help for the archangel Michael, the Catholic Church defender (this is a free translation of the archangel Michael's pray):

Archangel Michael, defend us in the fight, defend us with your shield when the traps and wiles of the devil happen. God put him, constantly asking for Him; and you, Prince of the celestial army, for the holy power, overthrow in hell to Satan and the others evil spirits that walk in the world searching innocent souls. In name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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