Monday, September 30, 2013
Do you pray the St. Michael prayer after Mass?
This comes as a great news!
We need to remember that we are a member of the Church Militant and we need to continue our fight against the forces of Satan here on earth, to work out diligently our salvation.
Honestly, I am thankful the CBCP did this. I am not sure the great Fr. Geny Diwa supports this. I know for a fact that not a few people at the CBCP Office in Intramuros are grumbling against this prayer...save for a few poor souls who are constantly mocked for being too "Benedict". No, not Benedictine. Ha!
MANILA, Sept. 26, 2013— The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has authorized for use of the old St. Michael the Archangel Prayer for recitation after Mass in all churches nationwide. [Hoorah!!!]
In a circular to all the archdioceses and dioceses, the CBCP highly recommends [why not command? Oh well. We live in the Vatican II era no, where strong, precise language is a rarity. Anywho. Better highly recommend it than never, no?] the recitation of the prayer composed by Leo XIII in 1896 amid the “many situation of trouble and conflict” in the country.
Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president, said the prayer is also “very timely” because of recent calamities that brought havoc in various areas and the “escalating” corruption in the government.
“Through this prayer, we invoke St. Michael to defend us and our country against the wickedness and snares of the evil one,” Palma said.
“Michael – which means, “Who is like God” – will win over all the evil attempts to disfigure the face of mankind because God Who is stronger acts in him,” he added.
The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel:
“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, cast into hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl upon the earth for the ruin of souls. Amen”. (CBCPNews)
I can hear a lot of groaning among liberals.
"Why would the bishops even bother issuing this kind of directive???"
Oh. yeah.. I heard them said in rectories, chanceries and seminaries over at lunch, dinner...
You hear them talk about the need to address the issue of corruption, destruction of nature, employment issues., migration, etc. What bothers me the most among these men of God is that they try to analyze these issues with the eyes of men. They try to look at problems only on the material plane. I am not saying it is bad. But what we forget is that there are things in this world that are of moral and spiritual in nature.
We are a Christian country, one of the biggest countries in terms of Catholic population in terms of over all population of a country. Yet, sadly, we are a country with the highest number of corruption cases. I think we can all agree that we have lost the sense of sin, of damnation and of the sacred. I see this as the reason why we lie, cheat and steal because we have been so engrossed with what is important for ourselves, we forget that this life is nothing but a stage to another life, a preparation to eternity.
We have lost a sense of sin. Priests forget to tell us about sin, about the social and spiritual dimension of sin.
That is the reason even why some priests don't believe in such things because priests do not see themselves working for a supernatural purpose. They see themselves just as how Che Guevarra saw himself.
They see Christ as a political hero, a social liberator.
I have posted here time and again how the seminary failed to educate our priests. Philosophies taught at our seminaries right now are not Thomistic! They came from atheists who do not think in the realms of the supernatural. How can you even talk about religion when you have seminarians getting heavily influenced by Marx and Nietzsche!
How can even expect them to talk about religion when they think against religion?!
This is where it all started and this is the reason why there are oppositions in the parish level to pray this prayer.
Question to Chupungcan liturgists out there!
Did Sacrosanctum Concilium order Catholics to stop praying this prayer after Mass?
Why so mad of this prayer huh?