Saturday, June 14, 2014

Quis ut Deus?

Those are the words inscribed on the shield of St. Michael.  Translated, they ask: Who is like unto God?

St. Francis de Sales wrote: "Veneration of St. Michael is the great remedy against despising the rights of God, against insubordination, skepticism, infidelity and vices."

St. Michael is known as the Guardian Angel of the People of God in both the Old and New Testaments.  But he also plays an important role in history.  St. Michael  came to the assistance of Constantine the Great in the 4th century in the great victory over the pagan Emperor Maxentius.  The Archangel himself revealed his identity to Constantine, who later erected a beautiful basilica in his honor.  He told him:

" I am Michael, the chief of the angelic legions of the Lord of Hosts, the protector of the Christian religion, who while you were battling against godless tyrants, placed the weapons in your hands."

The Greek Emperor Justinian I erected six basilicas in Michael's honor in grateful appreciation for his protection against the invasion of pagan intruders.  St. Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, was visited 3 times by St Micheal, who advised her that it was she who God appointed to deliver her people from the British.  And it was Michael, at the command of the Queen of the Angels, Mary ever virgin,  who helped gain the glorious victory over the Muslims at Lepanto in 1571.

Today, Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere live in perilous times, under constant threat of persecution and death at the hands of Muslim infidels.  It would be most efficacious to invoke St Michael's assistance in protecting our Christian brothers and sisters throughout the world.

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