BATTLE READY Patron: ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Why St Michael?
Feast Day celebrated on September 29
St. Michael was BATTLE READY and he is the prince of the Heavenly Host. In the book of Revelation, John recounts the great battle in Heaven when all of the wicked angels revolt against God. Michael led the attack with all of the faithful angels and drove them out. We constantly must seek to drive out all the evil and darkness in our souls. We cannot let light in where darkness still exists, we must make room for the LIGHT. For this reason, St Michael is the patron of the BATTLE READY Ministry. All souls must realize the need to ask for his intercession and be Aware, Prepared and Engaged in the spiritual fight.
Pray To St. Michael- Advice from Saint Padre Pio
A possessed child shouted at all hours of the day and night in the hotel in St. Givoanni Rotondo. The little girl’s mother brought her to Padre Pio, in the hope that Padre Pio would free the afflicted child from the demon. The child shrieked in the Church too.
One day when Padre Pio had finished hearing confessions, he met the child that howled so pitifully in front of him. The child was being held back with difficulty by some men. Padre Pio commanded, “Stop! Enough!” The child dropped to the floor as if sleeping.
Padre Pio instructed a doctor to bring the little girl to St. Michael, a sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo. (A powerful shrine to St. Michael in Gargano, Italy) A group took the child to this cave where St. Michael had appeared. The child woke up but no one was able to bring her near the altar of the the Archangel. A monk gently took the little girl’s hand and touched the altar.
The child sank to the ground. Minutes later she got up as if nothing had happened and asked her mother; ‘could you buy me an ice-cream?’ The group returned to speak to Padre Pio and thank him for telling them to go to the altar of St. Michael. But Padre Pio cautioned the child’s mother, ‘say to your husband not to curse anymore, otherwise the demon will return.'
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, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.