Evil—Part 7 : The Weapons against Evil
Evil—Part 7 :  The Weapons against Evil
Part 7A:  Prayer
EVIL
with
Satan, the Devil,
His Demons and Evil Spirits,
Hell
&
The Protection and Victory
(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)
From
The Words of God the Father,
The Lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ
&
The Messages of Our Lady of Emmitsburg
 
And both
 
Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church

 

The Weapons against Evil

Prayer, Faith and Charity

Introduction

Humanity has not been left helpless, at the mercy of the insurmountable forces of evil and without the tools and the models to help us ultimately be victorious.  Our Lord in His Last Supper discourse promised:

“…I will not leave you orphans….

The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in My Name—

He will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.

Peace I leave with you; My Peace I give to you.

Not as the world gives do I give it to you….

I am going away and I will come back to you….”

(Jn 14: 18, 26-28)

 

And it is that same Spirit of Whom the prophet Isaiah spoke:

“…The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him:

a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding;

a Spirit of counsel and of strength;

a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord,

and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord….”

(Is 11:2-3)

 

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta tells how this plays out then in the fruitfulness of our very own lives:

“The fruit of silence is prayer.

The fruit of prayer is faith.

The fruit of faith is love.

The fruit of love is service.

The fruit of service is peace.”

(Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1910-1997)

 

 

 

The Weapons, Part 7A:  Prayer

 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,  

for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh,

but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing

raised up against the knowledge of God,

and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,…”

(2Cor 10:3-5)

 

The Catholic Online Dictionary by the Venerable, Fr. John Hardon, S.J., defines Prayer as “the voluntary response to the awareness of God’s Presence.  This response may be an acknowledgment of God’s greatness and of a person’s total dependence on Him (adoration), or gratitude for His benefits to oneself and others (thanksgiving), or sorrow for sins committed and begging for mercy (expiation), or asking for graces needed (petition), or affection for God Who is good (love).”

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church
PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

2558    “Great is the mystery of the faith!” The Church professes this mystery in the Apostles’ Creed (Part One) and celebrates it in the sacramental liturgy (Part Two). so that the life of the faithful may be conformed to Christ in the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father (Part Three). This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer.

WHAT IS PRAYER?

“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart;

it is a simple look turned toward heaven,

it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

(St. Therese of Lisieux, 1873-1897)

Prayer as God’s gift

2559    Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God. But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or out of the depths of a humble and contrite heart?3 He who humbles himself will be exalted;4 humility is the foundation of prayer….

2560    If you knew the gift of God!7 The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; …God thirsts that we may thirst for him.

2561    …Prayer is the response of faith to the free promise of salvation and also a response of love to the thirst of the only Son of God.

Prayer as covenant

2562    … According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain.

2563    The heart is the dwelling–place where I am, where I live; according to the Semitic or Biblical expression, the heart is the place “to which I withdraw.” The heart is our hidden center, beyond the grasp of our reason and of others; only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully. The heart is the place of decision, deeper than our psychic drives. It is the place of truth, where we choose life or death. It is the place of encounter, because as image of God we live in relation: it is the place of covenant.

Prayer as communion

2565    In the New Covenant, prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit. …Thus, the life of prayer is the habit of being in the presence of the thrice–holy God and in communion with him. …Prayer is Christian insofar as it is communion with Christ and extends throughout the Church, which is his Body. Its dimensions are those of Christ’s love.


THE WAY OF PRAYER

Prayer to the Father

2664    There is no other way of Christian prayer than Christ. Whether our prayer is communal or personal, vocal or interior, it has access to the Father only if we pray “in the name” of Jesus. The sacred humanity of Jesus is therefore the way by which the Holy Spirit teaches us to pray to God our Father.

Prayer to Jesus

2665  The prayer of the Church, nourished by the Word of God and the celebration of the liturgy, teaches us to pray to the Lord Jesus. Even though her prayer is addressed above all to the Father, it includes in all the liturgical traditions forms of prayer addressed to Christ. …

2666  But the one name that contains everything is the one that the Son of God received in his incarnation: JESUS. The divine name may not be spoken by human lips, but by assuming our humanity The Word of God hands it over to us and we can invoke it: “Jesus,”….The name “Jesus” contains all: God and man and the whole economy of creation and salvation. …

2669    The prayer of the Church venerates and honors the Heart of Jesus just as it invokes his most holy name. It adores the incarnate Word and his Heart which, out of love for men, he allowed to be pierced by our sins.

“Come, Holy Spirit”

2670    No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit. Every time we begin to pray to Jesus it is the Holy Spirit who draws us on the way of prayer by his prevenient grace.…

2671    The traditional form of petition to the Holy Spirit is to invoke the Father through Christ our Lord to give us the Consoler Spirit.  Jesus insists on this petition to be made in his name at the very moment when he promises the gift of the Spirit of Truth.…Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love….

2672    The Holy Spirit,…is the artisan of the living tradition of prayer. To be sure, there are as many paths of prayer as there are persons who pray, but it is the same Spirit acting in all and with all. It is in the communion of the Holy Spirit that Christian prayer is prayer in the Church.

The Saints and Prayer

“It is my wish that in everyplace the men should pray,

lifting up holy hands….”

(1Tim 2:3)

 

In addition to St. Therese of Lisieux, many of the great saints and models for our own personal holiness have contributed their own reflections on the meaning and value of prayer:

“When you ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray well,

put yourself for a moment in the presence of God.”

(St. Louis de Montfort, 1673-1716)

 

“You don’t know how to pray?

Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said,

‘Lord, I don’t know how to pray!’

you can be sure you’ve already begun.”

(St. Josemaria Escriva, 1902-1975)

 

“You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart;

in fact, on certain occasions, you should speak to Him only with your heart” 

(St. Pio of Pietrelcina, 1887-1968))

 

“By prayer, man gives God the greatest glory possible.”

(St. Peter Julian Eynard, 1811-68)

 

“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God

or the requesting of good things from God.”

                                               (St. John Damascene, 676-725)

 

“Prayer is a relationship of love,

which leads man into dialogue with the Lord.”

(St. Anthony of Padua, 1195-1231)

 

“If we really want to pray, we must first learn to listen;

for in the silence of the heart God speaks.”

(Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1910-1997)

 

“Love to be true has to begin with God in prayer….

God has created us to love and to be loved,

and this is the beginning of prayer—

to know that He loves me, that I have been created for greater things.” 

(Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1910-1997)

 

“As our body cannot live without nourishment,

so our soul cannot spiritually be kept alive without prayer.”

(St. Augustine of Hippo, 347-407)

 

“Prayer is to our soul what rain is to the soil.

Fertilize the soil ever so richly.

It will remain barren unless led by frequent rains.”

(St. John Vianney, 1785-1859)

 

“Prayer gives us strength for great ideals,

for keeping up our faith, charity, purity, generosity;

prayer gives us strength to rise up from indifference and guilt,

if we have had the  misfortune to give in to temptation and weakness, Prayer gives us light by which to see

and to judge from God’s perspective and from eternity.

That is why you must not give up on praying!”

(Blessed Pope John Paul II,, 1920-2005)

 

“When prayer is poured forth, sins are forgiven.”

(St. Ambrose, 340-97)

 

“By humble and faithful prayer,

the soul acquires with time and perseverance, every virtue.”

(St. Cathrine of Siena, 1347-1380)

 

“Diligence in prayer is the perfection of the Gospel.”

(St. Aloysus Gonzaga, 1568-91)

 

Mental prayer is nothing else than an intimate friendship,

a frequent heart-to-heart conversation with Him

by whom we know ourselves to be loved.”

(St. Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582)

 

“Without the aid of mental prayer,

the soul cannot triumph over the forces of the demon.”

(St. John of the Cross, 1541-1591)

 

The Power of Prayer

“O God, hasten to deliver me; O Lord, hasten to my help!”

(Ps 70:1)

 

Very early in His Lessons to the world through Gianna Sullivan, Our Lord Jesus Christ warns of the real presence and power of evil in the world and the role of fervent prayer in combating that evil.  Through love He assures His children that evil can be destroyed, and great spiritual power resides in the children in winning this battle, especially when combined with prayer before the Blessed Sacrament:

“I love all My people, yet there is much evil today.  The battle in the Heavens continues.  Spirits of evil are trying to confuse and distract My beloved ones.  All people can be subject unless they pray fervently, center on Me, and utilize prudence and discernment.  Test all Spirits.  Desire only that which is Divine…..Any confusion will dissipate with patient endurance and fervent prayer.  You will not stray nor will any forces of evil ever conquer you if you do as I have said….”    (JOM, Vol V, #20, Sept. 13, 1995)

 “…You can prevent the works of the evil one and destroy him now by loving.  I am here to tell you, My people, that so much good and beauty can be restored through prayer.  I am here to tell you, My people, that wars can be prevented through prayer.  Freedom and peace can be through prayer….”  (JOM, Vol I, #55, June 5, 1989, Chastisement)

“…Have the children pray for the sick, the lonely, the persecuted, the poor and the broken hearted.  Have the little children pray for peace.  They are hungry for love and will be filled with the sucking milk of God the Father….Introduce them to His Love.  Their ‘yes’ will open the heavens, and rays of light and graces will pour forth.  My Mother will care for them and teach them in their ‘yes’ how to prepare for battle; and the little children will fight the death of evil and be victorious in their ‘yes’ through their love, penance, littleness, purity and innocence. As the battle was once engaged in the heavens and the angel Lucifer was cast out from the heavens, so too will the battle again engage; and if they say ‘yes’, the children will be victorious, casting out the death of evil….”  (JOM, Vol V #2, Nov. 25, 1994, The Power of the Children)

“If they would come to Me before the Blessed Sacrament, they would know that I am your Jesus of Mercy, and that all of which I speak will be fulfilled!...”  (JOM, Vol II, #27, Dec. 18, 1989, Guard Against Evil)

 

FOCUS

“…But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times

some will fall away from the faith,

paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons….”

(1Tim 4:1)

 

In her Messages to the world, Our Lady of Emmitsburg emphasizes the importance of maintaining one’s focus so as to avoid the traps of confusion and distraction being laid by the evil one.  It takes a very focused attention to be able to protect oneself against the pride which can overrun the joy of humility.  In the chaos and division, our ability to discern what is good and what is bad, what is true and what is not true, will be greatly tested.  The ability and confidence to properly discern the Truth can be found in the silence of our hearts, in the spirit of prayer, leading to a true knowledge of the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist:

 “…Great forces of evil are trying to distract and confuse you.  In order to remain focused, it is necessary that you pray with all your hearts and practice living in simplicity.  Train your mind not to be engulfed by the sweet enticements of materialism or overpowered by distracting words which cloud over your mind.  Push all distractions away when you pray.  Do not pay attention to thoughts which may enter your mind while you pray.  Focus only on God’s Love for you….”   (Public OLOE, Aug. 17, 1995)

“…We are on a journey.  This journey is a battle of good against evil….Do not allow any forces to divert your attention from the Truth; and this Truth must be founded in prayer.  At the center must be prayer, with the focus being on my Son.  If you do this, I promise you the seal of protection against all evil that will be upon you….  (Private OLOE, Nov. 19, 2005)

Protection

“…The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul….”

(Ps 121:7)

OLOE:

“…Reform your ways through purity, chastity, honesty, loving each other in charity and through prayer.  God makes the truth of your sinfulness known because He loves you and desires you to come to Him, but you must have mercy on yourself and forgive yourself so God can forgive you and make you whole in His Love….Be on guard against the evil one and his deceiving ways.  Prayer is your protection against evilness and the way to grow in the knowledge of the truth of the deception of sin….”  (Public OLOE, April 20, 1995)

 

“…In all things you do, little ones, remember that prayer is the very most important!...No matter where you are, and no matter what you do in your lives, how important it is to pray, because there are so many people who do not.  Because of this, tremendous confusion and division result.  Pride becomes the source of all evil and replaces the joy of humility.  When my Son does come, those people who are people of prayer and faith, and who desire to be like Him, are those who will always be His most beloved children….You must use the gift of prayer to receive all the good things and to be protected from all sources of evil, all the days of your lives until you see your Creator face to face….”   (Private OLOE, Dec. 23, 2006)

Discernment

“It is only through prayer that we can accept the grace of Christ,

which, by illuminating us in every situation, helps us discern the truth,

and, by fortifying us, renders our will capable of implementing

what we know to be good.”

(Pope Benedict XVI, living)

 

OLOE:

“…Continue to pray, little ones.  It is your weapon against evil.  Prayer allows you to discern what is good and evil.  The battle against Truth progresses; but as ‘children of God,’ perseverance and hope will bring the new day of goodness….Do not be quick with your tongue or fight evil with evil….Immerse yourself into Jesus’ Passion through the silence of your heart….He will teach you how to respond in love through your actions.  Evil cannot exist where there is Love….Silence is the sword which slays the deception of evil….”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 10, 1996)

 

…So pray, pray, pray, little children, for the time of confusion will come.  When that time comes, you must have the spirit of prayer.  If not, you will not be able to discern what is of God.  Everything that has been prophesied to you from both my Son and myself is so real!  Yet in the time you live, with so many other things approaching you from different directions, it is difficult to see this.  But all I have spoken is now unfolding….”  (Private OLOE, Oct. 31, 2005)

“…What now unfolds, of course depends on the Will of God, before which we humbly bow.  I have told you that prayer is so important because of the evil workings in the spirit of those who would rather not have this unfold....”  ( Private OLOE, Oct. 9, 2003)

”…Where there is good, there is evil because the devil desires to hurt and destroy.  But if you pray, your soul is not in danger.  It allows God to purify it and to come and dwell within you….Always be prepared for all the good things that will happen to you; and be prepared through wisdom so you are able to know what is good and what is bad….”  (Private OLOE, Mar 13, 2010)

The Truth

“…I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.

No one come to the Father except through Me…”

(Jn 14:6)

 

            OLOE:

“…Peace does exist in His Truth, for He is the Light and the Way.  I invite you children to pray for God’s Truth and knowledge.  Pray to have the grace and wisdom to avoid the influence and persuasion of the evil one, for he will present himself as a peacemaker and give you false hopes of security and unity….”  (Public OLOE, Jan 2, 1997)

 “…Continue to pray and work towards a new tomorrow when temptations will not affect you.  Use every occasion to become perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect by being humble, bearing difficulties with love, being merciful and doing penance.  Strive now to be holy and pure of heart, like a little child, so you will be prepared to slay evil through love and littleness in the moment of confrontation and truth, and then triumph with your Savior.  There will be a time of peace and no disease, a time and place where every human being will live in unity and come to know the Truth of Jesus through a Eucharistic Reign.  Every human being will understand and embrace mercy and will know the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist….”  (Public OLOE, Mar. 9, 2000)

 

Special Prayers for Our Protection

Through Sacred Scripture and Tradition as well as the teaching authority of the Magisterium of the Church, humanity has been gifted with countless prayers for protection and deliverance from evil.  Of special note are the Lord’s Prayer, Marian devotion and the Rosary, the Prayers to St. Michael the Archangel and our Guardian Angels, and the spiritual umbrella of family prayer:

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, (“Our” Father—not “My” Father - all of God’s children of all races, all colors & all creeds)

Our Father, (Abba, “Daddy” God)

Who art in Heaven, (and Who art in me)

Hallowed be Thy Name. (Holy be Thy Name, praised be Thy Name, thanks be to Thy Most Holy Name)

Thy Kingdom come. (now - on earth and in me)

Thy Will be done, (now - on earth and in me)

on earth as it is in Heaven. (at the Throne of God, with the Trinity, Our Lady and all the Angels and Saints)

Give us this day our daily bread. (the Bread of your Divine Will, the Bread of Life in the Eucharist, and the bread we need to eat to sustain our bodies)

And forgive us our trespasses(forgive us our sins, our imperfections and our hesitancies in the face of temptation)

As we forgive those (or as we choose not to forgive those) who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,(for we are weak, we are worthless, we are wretched & we are nothing)

But deliver us from evil. (for it is only through your grace, not by our works alone nor our merit that we can escape eternal damnation)

Amen. (So I hope. So be it).

(Adapted from Mt 6: 9-13)

Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Lord’s Prayer

2765  The traditional expression “the Lord’s Prayer” — oratio Dominica—means that the prayer to our Father is taught and given to us by the Lord Jesus. The prayer that comes to us from Jesus is truly unique: it is “of the Lord.” …..

2766  But Jesus does not give us a formula to repeat mechanically. As in every vocal prayer, it is through the Word of God that the Holy Spirit teaches the children of God to pray to their Father. Jesus not only gives us the words of our filial prayer; at the same time he gives us the Spirit by whom these words become in us “spirit and life…. The prayer to Our Father is inserted into the mysterious mission of the Son and of the Spirit.

2770    In the Eucharistic liturgy the Lord’s Prayer appears as the prayer of the whole Church and there reveals its full meaning and efficacy….

2771    In the Eucharist, the Lord’s Prayer also reveals the eschatological character of its petitions. It is the proper prayer of “the end-time,” the time of salvation that began with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and will be fulfilled with the Lord’s return. The petitions addressed to our Father, as distinct from the prayers of the old covenant, rely on the mystery of salvation already accomplished, once for all, in Christ crucified and risen.

2772    From this unshakeable faith springs forth the hope that sustains each of the seven petitions, which express the groanings of the present age, this time of patience and expectation during which it does not yet appear what we shall be. The Eucharist and the Lord’s Prayer look eagerly for the Lord’s return, until he comes.

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg:

 “…Deliver us from evil:  Always ask God for protection against evil.  See evil as if there is a wild animal around you; however, the animal has a chain around its neck. So it can never really get you unless you enter into its area.  See evil as there, but do not be afraid of it.  It can never harm you unless you choose to walk into the forum and be prey.  But I believe you are wise and prudent and vigilant enough to know that….”  (Private OLOE. July 24, 2010)

 

Marian Devotion

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin

971   “All generations will call me blessed”: The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship. The Church rightly honors the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs.... This very special devotion... differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration. The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an epitome of the whole Gospel, express this devotion to the Virgin Mary…..

973   By pronouncing her “fiat” at the Annunciation and giving her consent to the Incarnation, Mary was already collaborating with the whole work her Son was to accomplish. She is mother wherever he is Savior and head of the Mystical Body.

974   The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Son’s Resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all members of his Body.

975      We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ.

 

The Rosary

“…Today I willingly entrust to the power of this prayer

the cause of peace in the world and the cause of the family….”
(ROSARIUM VIRGINIS MARIAE,
JPII, Oct. 16, 2002)

Certainly one of the most Marian Popes in modern history has been Pope John Paul II.  When he was yet the Archbishop Karol Wojtyla of Krakow Poland, he said at the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia, PA, on August 13, 1976:

 “…We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced.  I do not think the wide circle of the American Society, or the wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully.  We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist.  This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence.  It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously…

We must prepare ourselves to suffer great trials before long, such as will demand of us a disposition to give up even life, and a total dedication to Christ and for Christ.  With your and my prayers, it is possible to mitigate the coming tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it, because only thus can the Church be effectually renewed.  How many times has the renewal of the Church sprung from the shedding of blood?  This time too, it will not be otherwise.  We must be strong and prepared and trust in Christ and in his Holy Mother and be very, very assiduous in praying the holy rosary.”  (Karol Cardinal Wojtyla, 1976)

 

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg:

“…Know that the rosary is not just an ornament.  It is a prayer, blessed by God above, not to be thrown away; for it is a protective measure against evil.  How important it is that you carry one with you.  Even if you do not have one on you, you can pray in your heart as if it is welded within your soul.  There every bead is a new prayer and a new hope….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 16, 2008)

 

Protection from the Angels

“…At the time when you hear the seventh angel blow his trumpet,

the mysterious plan of God shall be fulfilled,

as He promised to His servants the prophets….” 

(Rev 10:7)

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The angels in the life of the Church

334      In the meantime, the whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels.201 (1939

335     In her liturgy, the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice-holy God. She invokes  their assistance (in the funeral liturgy’s In Paradisum deducant te angeli... “May the angels lead you into Paradise....Moreover, in the “Cherubic Hymn” of the Byzantine Liturgy, she celebrates the memory of certain angels more particularly St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and the guardian angels.

Our Lady herself was no stranger to angels, nor were her Son and her beloved Joseph.  She reminds us of the role of angels throughout the Old Testament and during her life as well as in our own lives:

                Our Lady of  Emmitsburg:

“…Look at Daniel.  Look at St. Peter, who was released from prison.  Believe in your angels; however, there are good Angels and there are bad angels.  The bad angels of the dark side followed Satan who himself was an angel of light.  You have good angels around you unless you ward them off.  If you send your angels away, then you are vulnerable to tremendous attack….Blessed are you to have Angels at your side at all times, who desire you to attain eternal life and who give tremendous glory to God….”  (Private OLOE, Oct. 2, 2006)

 

The Vision of Pope Leo XIII & St. Michael the Archangel

Exactly 33 years to the day prior to the great Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, that is, on October 13, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican Chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about 10 minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from the Chapel to his office, he composed the above prayer to St. Michael, with instructions it be said after all Low Masses everywhere.

When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices - two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation:

The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: "I can destroy your Church."

The gentle voice of Our Lord: "You can? Then go ahead and do so."

Satan: "To do so, I need more time and more power."

Our Lord: "How much time? How much power?

Satan: "75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service."

Our Lord: "You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will."

 

The Prayer to St. Michael

"Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen."

My Guardian Angel

Catechism of the Catholic Church

336      From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.  Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.

 

Prayer to the Guardian Angel

Angel of God, My Guardian Dear,
To Whom God's Love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side
To light, to guard,
To rule and guide. Amen.

 

Family Prayer

Catechism of the Catholic Church

2685    The Christian family is the first place of education in prayer. Based on the   sacrament of marriage, the family is the domestic church where God’s children learn to pray as the Church, and to persevere in prayer. For young children in particular, daily family prayer is the first witness of the Church’s living memory as awakened patiently by the Holy Spirit.

 

Often offering her Holy Family as a model for each of our families, Our Lady of Emmitsburg strongly emphasizes the need and reward for remaining faithful to family prayer:

“…You must come into the safety of my Immaculate Heart and the Sacred Heart of Jesus before it becomes impossible to separate from the corruption.  I invite you to pray as a family within your homes every day.  Do not wait any longer.  It must be a priority in order to recognize the evil fallacies which surround you.  The urgency to pray daily as a family with a fervor is now!”  (Public OLOE, June 26, 1997)

“Pray as a family….Each of you must pray, so that the seal of protection may be upon your family….”   (Private OLOE, Nov. 19, 2005)

“…Those who pray together in the family as partners of love will march triumphantly into the era of peace.”  (Public OLOE, Mar. 9, 2000)

“…For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,

from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,

that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory,

to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man…”

(Eph 3:14-16)

 

“Pray without ceasing!”

(1 Thes 5:17)

 

 

End of Evil, 7A:  Weapons against Evil, Prayer