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Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
 

One day, after celebrating Mass, the aged Pope Leo XIII was in conference with the Cardinals when suddenly he sank to the floor in a deep swoon. Physicians who hastened to his side could find no trace of his pulse and feared that he had expired. However, after a short interval the Holy Father regained consciousness and exclaimed with great emotion: “Oh, what a horrible picture I have been permitted to see!”

He had been shown a vision of evil spirits who had been released from Hell and their efforts to destroy the Church. But in the midst of the horror the archangel St. Michael appeared and cast Satan and his legions into the abyss of hell. Soon afterwards Pope Leo XIII composed the following prayer to Saint Michael, which is the original version:

Original – Prayer to St. Michael
“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.

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“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. read more

Book: Pope John Paul II’s Mother Rejected Doctor’s Abortion Suggestion

Book: Pope John Paul II’s Mother Rejected Doctor’s Abortion Suggestion

by Steven Ertelt | The Vatican | LifeNews.com | 10/16/13

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A new report out today suggests Pope John Paul II’s mother rejected an abortion when pregnant with him.

Under the headline “Blessed John Paul II was in danger of not being born,” the Vatican Insider web site says the information was revealed by Milena Kindziuk in the book just came out.

The report suggests that the future Pope John Paul II was in danger of not being born because of the precarious state of health of his mother Emilia Kaczorowska. The book, “The Mother of the Pope,” indicates Emilia Kaczorowska, married in 1905 with Karol Wojtyla, the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, rejected an abortion. read more

15 Quotes from Cardinal Ratzinger’s Letter to the Bishops on Homosexuality

15 Quotes from Cardinal Ratzinger’s Letter to the Bishops on Homosexuality

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Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith
Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
October 1, 1986.

The Purpose of the Letter
1. “The issue of homosexuality and the moral evaluation of homosexual acts have increasingly become a matter of public debate, even in Catholic circles. Since this debate often advances arguments and makes assertions inconsistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church, it is quite rightly a cause for concern to all engaged in the pastoral ministry, and this Congregation has judged it to be of sufficiently grave and widespread importance to address to the Bishops of the Catholic Church this Letter on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.” read more

The 18 Most Surprising Things The Pope Francis Has Done! I Can’t Believe No. 5!

The 18 Most Surprising Things The Pope Francis Has Done! I Can’t Believe No. 5!

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When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was known to sneak out at night to break bread with the homeless. He would sit with them in the street and eat with them, just to let them know someone cares.

Now that he is Pope, sneaking out is not that easy to do, but Pope Francis is still doing an amazing job of showing love and charity to the poor, sick, and elderly.

When Pope Francis was named Time magazine’s person of the year in 2013, many people were surprised. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years was suddenly everywhere and he is set to place some amazing changes in the church. read more

Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines has an official logo

Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines has an official logo

Published on Sept 25, 2014

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This is the official logo for the Pope’s upcoming visit to the Philippines. The blue, red and yellow shades are the colors of the Filipino flag, which represents the country and the people.

The Philippines is known as “The pearl of the Orient seas”, which is represented by the yellow circle. The white cross symbolizes the Christian faith. The themes chosen for the papal visit, mercy and compassion are represented by red and blue circles. The two symbols appear to embrace the yellow circle, representing the merciful and compassionate arms of the Pope. Pope Francis’ visit is only four months away and the details of his trip are available on the official website.

Pope Francis: Vain Christians are like bubbles. They may look nice, but they’re bound to pop

Pope Francis: Vain Christians are like bubbles. They may look nice, but they’re bound to pop.

Published on Sep 25, 2014

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During his Thursday morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about vanity. He explained why it’s critical for Christians to not give into this temptation.

POPE FRANCIS “How many Christians live for appearances? Their life seems like soap bubbles. The soap bubble is beautiful, with all its colors! But it lasts only a second, and then what? Vanity is a liar, a fantasist, it deceives itself and it deceives the vain, because in the beginning they pretend to be something they’re not and ultimately the vain believe it. They actually believe it. Poor thing!” The Pope also added that when a Christian does penance, it must be done with joy. SUMMARY OF POPE’S HOMILY: (Source: Vatican Radio) If you “do not have something substantial, you too will pass like all things.” Pope Francis took his cue from the Book of Ecclesiastes to dwell on vanity. Vanity is a temptation not only for the pagans but also for Christians, for “people of faith.” Jesus, he noted, often rebuked those who boasted. He told the teachers of the law that they should not “walk down the streets” with “luxurious outfits,” like “princes.” When you pray, the Lord warned, do not do it to be seen, do not pray so that people will see you; “pray in secret, go to your room.” You should do the same, the Pope said, when you help the poor: “Don’t sound the trumpet, do it secretly. The Father sees it, and that is enough.” “But the vain man [says]: ‘Look, I’m giving this check for the work of the Church’ and he shows the check; then he scams the Church from the other direction. But this is what makes the vain man: he lives for appearances. ‘When you fast,’ the Lord says to this, ‘please do not be melancholy, sad, so that everyone will notice that you’re fasting. No, fast with joy; do penance with joy, so that no one will notice.’ This is vanity: it is living for appearances, living to be seen.” “Christians who live that way”, he continued, “for appearances, for vanity, seem like peacocks, they strut about like peacocks.” They are the people who say, “I am a Christian, I am to that priest, to that sister, to that bishop; my family is a Christian family.” They boast. But, the Pope asked, “what about your life with the Lord? How do you pray? Your life in the works of mercy, how’s that going? Do you visit the sick? Reality.” This, he added, is why “Jesus tells us we must build our house – that is, our Christian life – on the rock, on the truth.” On the other hand, Jesus warned that “the vain build their house on sand, and that house falls, that Christian life falls, slips, because it is not able to resist temptations.” “How many Christians live for appearances? Their life seems like a soap bubble. The soap bubble is beautiful, with all its colours! But it lasts only a second, and then what? Even when we look at some funeral monuments, we feel it’s vanity, because the truth is returning to the bare earth, as the Servant of God Paul VI said. The bare earth awaits us, this is our final truth. In the meantime, do I boast or do I do something? Do I do good? Do I seek God? Do I pray? Substantial things. And vanity is a liar, a fantasist, it deceives itself, it deceives the vain, because in the beginning he pretends to be [something], but in the end he really believes himself to be that, he believes. He believes it. Poor thing!” “And this”, he emphasized, “is what happened to the Tetrarch Herod who, as the day’s Gospel relates, asked anxiously about the identity of Jesus.” “Vanity,” the Pope said, “sows wicked anxiety, takes away peace. It’s like those who put on too much make-up, and then are afraid the rain” will come “and all that make-up will come streaming down.” Vanity does not give us peace, he repeated. “Only the truth gives us peace.” Pope Francis said Jesus is the unique rock on which we can build our life. “And we consider that this proposal of the devil, of the demon, also tempted Jesus to vanity in the desert,” saying to Him: “Come with me, let us go up to the temple, let us make a spectacle. Throw yourself down and everyone will believe in you.” The demon presented to Jesus “vanity on a platter.” Vanity, the Pope said, “is a particularly grave spiritual illness.”
Don’t Be ‘Soap Bubble’ Christians, Pope Exhorts in Morning Homily
Warns Against Vanity and Being Beautiful Only for a Second

VATICAN CITY, September 25, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Drawing from the first reading’s exclamation, “Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” Pope Francis spoke today in his morning homily about Christians’ temptation to “make themselves seen” when doing good. read more

Pope Francis: Martyrs show that the strength of the Church is not in its structures

Pope Francis: Martyrs show that the strength of the Church is not in its structures

Published on Sept 24, 2014

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Pope Francis reflected on his recent trip to Albania during his General Audience.

The Pope explained that the Muslim-majority country is an example that peaceful coexistence between different religions is possible. POPE FRANCIS “That which is in common among the various religious expressions are the path of life, the good will to do good to their neighbor, without denying or undervaluing their respective identities.” Throughout many years, the Pope recalled, the “atheist and inhumane” communist regime persecuted Christians and Muslims in Albania. Pope Francis added that the martyrs are never defeated and that thanks to them, Christians know  where to find support. POPE FRANCIS “Even today, as in the past, the strength of the Church does not comes from its organizational or structural capacity, although they are necessary. The Church does not find its strength there. Our strenght is the love of Christ.” Before concluding, Pope Francis asked the pilgrims gathered to pray for those affected by the Ebola outbreak in Africa. POPE FRANCIS “I hope that there is the necessary help from the international community to alleviate the suffering of these brothers and sisters.” The Pope also expressed his closeness with persecuted Middle Eastern Christians. He said that Christ will never abandon them and encouraged them to continue to give witness to peace and justice.

Pope Francis : Christian life is simple… But some explanations make it difficult

Pope Francis : Christian life is simple… But some explanations make it difficult

Published on Sept 23, 2014

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During his daily morning Mass, Pope Francis talked about Christian life. He explained that being Christian is very simple, at times, it may seem complicated.

POPE FRANCIS “These are the two conditions in order to follow Jesus: to listen to the word of God, and to put it into practice. This is the Christian life – nothing more. It’s simple, simple. Maybe we’ve made it a little difficult, with many explanations that no one understands, but Christian life is: to listen to the Word of God and to put it in practice.” The Pope concluded that Christians need to listen to the Word of God with their ears and hearts, since the Gospel, he said,  speaks to each person individually. SUMMARY OF THE POPE’S HOMILY (Source: Vatican Radio) “Jesus continued to talk to people and loved the people and He loved the crowd, to the point that He says, ‘these who follow me, that immense crowd, are my mother and my brothers – that’s who they are’. He explains: ‘those who listen to the Word of God, put it into practice’. These are the two conditions in order to follow Jesus: to listen to the word of God,  and to put it into practice. This is the Christian life – nothing more. Simple, simple. Maybe we’ve made it a little difficult, with many explanations that no one understands, but the Christian life is thus: listening to the Word of God and practicing it.” “Every time we do this – each time we  open the Gospel and read a passage and ask ourselves: ‘Is God speaking to me with this? Is He saying something to me?’ – and if He is saying something, what is it that He is saying? This is [what it means] to listen to the Word of God: to listen with your ears and hear with your heart. Open your heart to the Word of God. The enemies of Jesus heard the word of Jesus, but were there in order to try to find a mistake, to make Him slip, so that He would lose His authority. They never asked themselves, though: ‘What is God saying to me in this Word?’ God not only speaks to all: yes, he does speak to all of us – but He also speaks to to every one of us – to each of us. The Gospel was written for each of us.” “Jesus receives everyone, even those who go to hear the Word of God and then betray Him. Think of Judas. ‘Friend,’ He says, in that moment where Judas betrays him. The Lord is always sowing His word, and asks [us] only [to have] an open heart [with which] to listen and willingness to put it into practice. For this reason, then prayer today, which is that of the Psalm [119:35]: ‘Lead me Lord in the path of thy commandments,’ that is, the path of your Word, that I may learn with your guidance to put it into practice.”

Pope Francis to Albanian Christians: I came to give you thanks for your witness

Pope Francis to Albanian Christians: I came to give you thanks for your witness

Published on Sept 21, 2014

He recalled the witnesss of Albanian martyrs under the Communist regime. Thousands of pilgrims waited for Pope Francis’ arrival to Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, where he eventually celebrated Mass in Latin and Albanian.

During his homily, the Pope recalled the religious persecution undertaken by the Communist regime in Albania. It lasted four decades and almost swept away the Church’s presence in the country. POPE FRANCIS “We can say that Albania was a land of martyrs: many bishops, priests, men and women religious, laity and representatives of other religions paid for their fidelity with their lives. There were a lot of demonstrations of great courage and constancy in the profession of the faith. How many Christians did not give in when threatened, but persevered without wavering on the path they had undertaken!” Pope Francis thanked the witness given by the Albanian people during those years. Specifically, he thanked Albanian Catholics for their steadfast loyalty to their faith. POPE FRANCIS “I came here today to give you thanks for your witness, to give you courage and to enlarge your hope and the hope of those around you. I came to involve the new generations, to encourage them to read the Word of God opening their hearts to Christ, to God, to the Gospel, to encountering God.” Using the image of the eagle that appears in the Albanian national flag, the Pope invited the Albanian people to “fly high,” and to continue being an example of peaceful coexistence for Europe. As the Mass ended, Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the pilgrims. Addressing Albanian youth, he asked them to follow the path of their martyrs and to build a better world. POPE FRANCIS “With the power of the Gospel and the example of the martyrs, you know how to say “No” to the idolatry of money, “No” to the false freedom of individualism, “No” to addiction and to violence.” The Pope asked all of them to embrace the culture of encounter and solidarity. He then thanked pilgrims who traveled to Albania from neighboring countries.

Pope Francis at center for abandoned children: Doing good pays infinitely better than money

Pope Francis at center for abandoned children: Doing good pays infinitely better than money

Published on Sept 21, 2014

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The final stop of the papal trip to Albania was the “Betania” center, an institution that cares for orphans and abandoned children.

At a church dedicated to St. Anthony, the Pope listened to the witness of the workers of the center.

“Thank you for this visit that overwhelms anything we could have hoped for our association. We pray for you so that your blessing may stay with us all our life. Stay close to us. We love you so, so much. Excuse my getting emotional.” read more