All Men Are Assisted by the Holy Angels.

All Men Are Assisted by the Holy Angels.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

All Men Are Assisted by the Holy Angels.

WE need seek no other reason for the love of God but that love itself, as our Lord revealed to the Venerable Mother Magdalen of St Joseph, a Carmelite nun of eminent sanctity; for why does God thus love men? Let it be published among the nations, says the devout St. Bernard, and let them confess that the Lord has resolved to deal magnificently with them. O Lord! what is man, that Thou shouldst deign to make Thyself known to him, and to bestow upon him the love of Thy heart? Thou lovest him; Thou takest care of him; Thou givest to him Thine Only Son; Thou sendest to him Thy Holy Spirit; and that there may remain nothing in Heaven which is not occupied with his welfare, Thou deputest the blessed spirits to watch over him, to minister to him, and to instruct him. Behold, then, the angel, who is a great king, full of perfections, beauty, and glory, devoted to the service of man, who is one mass of imperfections, foulness, and wretchedness; of man who is nothing but a vile insect, a worm of the earth, a heap of corruption, the food of worms, a little clay and mud, a leaf which the wind carries away. And, what is still more surprising, the angel is engaged in the service of man, a sinner!

The Divine Word teaches us (I John i. 8), “that if we say that we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” The holiest fall into deplorable venial sins, though it be not with full advertence; and venial sin is an offence against God: this is why souls who have truly given themselves to God fall into them only by surprise; they would rather suffer all imaginable torments in this life, and even in the next, than commit one such sin with their eyes open, that is, with full knowledge and deliberate purpose. Hell, said the devout St Anselm, would be to me more endurable than the very smallest sin. They who love God will well understand this truth; the rest will scarcely comprehend it. But more than this: not only venial sin, but the least shadow of venial sin, according to the opinion of the loving and divine Catherine of Genoa, would be capable of crushing to atoms that man who should thoroughly understand its true nature, had he even a body as hard as diamond, and this at the slightest glimpse which might be given him of it. So true it is, that the smallest offence against God has in it something fearful; no language can express how horrible a thing is sin. Oh, if men did but know what they do when they relapse into it! Now the angels, these spirits who are all light, discern the abominableness of it far more clearly than do the most enlightened souls, and yet they cease not to assist, with incredible kindness, those who are infected with this dreadful disease.

Soul! whoever you may be who read these truths, pause a while, I entreat you, to reflect upon them. It is a wonderful thing, this goodness of the angels, who refuse not to bestow their care upon those who allow themselves to commit offences, however slight, against their Creator; considering the knowledge they possess of the most adorable greatness of the Divine Majesty, which is insulted thereby. How amazing, then, to see that they abandon not those wretches who live in mortal sin,—Deicides, who trample under foot the Blood of a God, and are guilty of His Death: those traitors against the Majesty of God, those children, those members, those slaves of the devil, those captives of hell!

But this is not all. Heretics and unbelievers have angels to guard them. That great saint, Teresa, said that the soul of a Catholic in mortal sin was like a fair mirror, whose purity is wholly sullied and entirely spoilt, so that it is now a hideous object; but that this mirror in heretics is not only spoilt but broken. The supernatural lights with which this seraphic soul was favoured taught her deep truths under the form of similitudes, of which she made use for the instruction of others. The plague of heresy is a raging evil, which we shall never fully comprehend till we arrive at that eternal country where truth shall be beheld in all its solidity and splendour. But, after all, the love of the angels bears even with this; they watch over these miserable beings, over all unbelievers, pagans, and idolaters. Turks, who are their avowed enemies, since they are the enemies of the very name of Christian, receive their aid. Even Antichrist shall have a guardian angel, according to the doctrine of St. Thomas, who shall restrain him from much evil which he would otherwise do both to others and to himself. They perform the same office for all those who are hardened in sin, and their protection is not without many good results, even in the case of heretics and unbelievers. All these they serve as if they were their masters, although they are the slaves of hell, men who they perceive clearly will be damned, and who are walking in the high road of perdition.

Let us here stop and admire the goodness of the angels. Where is to be found the gardener who would water a tree if he knew that it would never bear fruit, and who would do it with as much care as if he had great expectations from it? But how overwhelming is the thought, when we consider that they continue to prompt us to good with the same fidelity after having been repulsed thousands of times, and after having seen the fruitlessness of their labour on a hundred thousand occasions.

All these affronts, all these insults, all this rebellion, all this perfidy, all this malice and atrocity of men, who are, so to say, engaged in a perpetual struggle with these glorious spirits, labouring to outdo their love with ingratitude, do not prevent them from being devoted to the service of all men. Let us weigh well these two great truths: all the nine choirs of angels, without a single exception, are in the service of men; and all men, however vile and wretched they may be, without a single exception are assisted by the angels. They go and seek them amidst the boundless forests of Canada, in the most distant wilds, and in the darkest dungeons, at the very ends of the earth, and in the centre of barbarism itself; and you would say that they were passionately enamoured of these men who have nothing human about them save the form, their life being altogether brutal—nay, far below that of beasts. These beings of heavenly beauty bestow their love on deformity itself, and receive in return nothing but insolent contempt. It is thus that these spirits love, who love only out of pure love, that is to say, who look only to God alone.

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

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October Devotion: The Holy Angels and the Holy Rosary.

Virtues to practice: Confidence.


Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Most glorious prince of the heavenly hosts, Archangel St. Michael, defend us in the battle and in the tremendous struggle we carry on against the Principalities and Powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness and all evil spirits. Come to the help of man, whom God created immortal, fashioned to His own image and likeness, and rescued at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. With the great army of the holy angels fight to-day the battle of the Lord as thou didst of old fight against Lucifer, the leader of the proud, and his apostate angels, who were powerless against thee, and they had no longer a place in heaven; and that monster, the old serpent who is called the devil and Satan, that seduces the whole world, was cast into hell with his angels. But now that first enemy and homicide has regained his insolent boldness. Taking on the appearance of an angel of light, he has invaded the earth, and, with his whole train of evil spirits, he is prowling about among men, striving to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to capture, to destroy, to drag to eternal perdition the souls destined to the crown of eternal glory. That malignant dragon is pouring abroad, like a foul stream, into the souls of men of ruined intellect and corrupt heart the poison of his wickedness, the spirit of lying, of impiety and blasphemy, the pestilent breath of impurity and of all vice and iniquity. Most cunning enemies have filled with bitterness and drenched with gall the Church, the Spouse of the Lamb without spot, and have lifted impious hands against all that is most sacred in it. Even in the holy place where the See of Blessed Peter and the chair of truth was set up to enlighten the world, they have raised the abominable throne of their impiety with the iniquitous hope that the Shepherd may be stricken and the flock scattered abroad. Arise, then, unconquerable Prince, defend the people of God against the assaults of the reprobate spirits, and give them the victory. Holy Church reveres thee as its guardian and patron; it glories in thee as its defender against the malignant powers of hell; to thee God has committed the souls that are to be conveyed to the seats of the Blessed in eternal happiness. Pray, then, to the God of peace, that He may put Satan under our feet, so completely vanquished that he may no longer be able to hold men in bondage and work harm to the Church. Offer up our prayers before the Most High, so that the mercies of the Lord may prevent us, and lay hold of the dragon, the old serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and hurl him bound in chains into the abyss where he may no longer seduce the souls of men. Amen.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord, fly ye hostile ranks.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has conquered.
V. May Thy mercies, O Lord, be fulfilled in us.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.

O God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy name and humbly beseech Thy clemency, that, through the intercession of the ever immaculate Virgin and our Mother Mary, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst vouchsafe to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits that are prowling about the world to the great peril of the human race and the loss of souls. Amen.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., Motu Proprio, September 25, 1888, granted to the faithful who recite the above prayer
AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

ANTIPHON.

Sancte Michael Archangele,
defende nos in praelio,
ut non pereamus
in tremendo judicio.

Holy Archangel Michael,
defend us in battle,
that we may not perish
in the tremendous judgment.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, August 19, 1893, granted to the faithful who recite the above antiphon
AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

GABRIEL, THE ARCHANGEL.
NOVENA IN HONOR OF S. GABRIEL THE ARCHANGEL.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius IX., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Nov. 26, 1876, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, at any time during the year, devoutly make the novena in honor of S. Gabriel the archangel, with any formula of prayer, provided it be approved by competent ecclesiastical authority,
AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day;
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, during the novena, if, truly penitent, having confessed and communicated, they pray for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

RAPHAEL, THE ARCHANGEL.
NOVENA IN HONOR OF S. RAPHAEL, THE ARCHANGEL.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius IX., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Nov. 28, 1876, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, at any time during the year, devoutly make the novena in honor of S. Raphael the archangel, with any formula of prayer, provided it be approved by competent ecclesiastical authority,
AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day;
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, during the novena, if, truly penitent, having confessed and communicated, they pray for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

PRAYER TO S. RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL.

Glorious Archangel, S. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, illustrious by thy gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travellers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist the young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the “physician of God,” I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favor is for my greater good. I ask, especially, for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, June 21, 1890, granted to the faithful who shall recite the above prayer
AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

THE ANGEL GUARDIAN.
PRAYER
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Angele Dei,
qui custos es mei,
me tibi commissum pietate superna
illumina, custodi,
rege, et guberna.Amen.

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom His love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard,
To rule and guide.
Amen.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius VI., by a brief, Oct. 2, 1795, granted to all the faithful, every time that, with at least contrite heart and devotion, they shall say this prayer:
AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS.
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, on the feast of the holy guardian angels (Oct. 2), to those who shall have said this prayer, morning and evening, throughout the year, provided that, on the day of the feast, being truly penitent, after confession and communion, they shall visit a church or public oratory, and pray for the Sovereign Pontiff.
The same Sovereign Pontiff, by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, June 11, 1796, granted:
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, at the hour of death, to all those who, during life, shall have frequently said this prayer, provided they shall have the proper dispositions.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius VII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, May 15, 1821, not only confirmed the above mentioned indulgences, but, moreover, granted:
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, once a month, to all the faithful who shall have said it every day for a month, as above directed, on any day, when, being truly penitent, after confession and communion, they shall visit a church, and pray devoutly for the intention of his Holiness.

NOVENA IN HONOR OF THE GUARDIAN ANGEL.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius IX., by a rescript dated at Gaeta, Jan. 5, 1849, and by another of the S. Congr. of Bishops and Regulars, Jan. 28, 1850, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, at any time during the year, devoutly make the novena in honor of the Guardian Angel, published by the Rev. Joseph M. Falcone, of the Congregation of the Missions:
AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, either during the novena or upon one of the eight days immediately following, if, truly penitent, they confess and communicate, and say some prayers for the holy Church and for the Sovereign Pontiff.
By a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Nov. 26, 1876, the same Sovereign Pontiff deigned to approve that these indulgences may be gained by those who make the novena to the Guardian Angel with any other formula of prayer, provided it be approved by competent ecclesiastical authority.

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