St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard 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 of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Why Did God Make You?

Do you remember the answer to that question as found in the old Baltimore Catechism?

This might not be the exact wording, but this is what I remember reciting to Sister Mary Claudia in first grade.

"God made me to know Him, to love Him,  and to serve Him in this world and in the next."

Father R. expanded on this in one of his homily's.  Father reminded us that one of our purposes in life is to worship God, not because God needs our worship or praise, but because we need to connect with God and acknowledge Him as our Creator and God.

One of the best ways to worship God is in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because God, in the person of Jesus, the second person of the divine Trinity, is the center of the Mass.  
"Through Him, With Him, and in Him"
is the Mass based.  
Through Sacred Scripture in the readings, we hear the Word of God.
Jesus also speaks to us through the prayers the priest prays.
The Mass should remind us that God is King.
There is no other like Him.
He teaches us His ways in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 
We worship and adore Him.
We stand.  We sit.  We kneel.
We do all this in honor of our God.
God saves us from our sins.
He redeems us.  He sanctifies us.  He purifies our souls.
There can be none like Him.
Through the priest, the sacrifice of Calvary is reenacted, 
through the priest's consecrated hands, the bread and wine offered at the Mass is changed into the 
Body and Blood of Jesus.
The term is transubstantiation.
From the priest's hands we receive the Eucharist, God's gift to mankind.

Holy!  Holy! Holy Lord!
God of all Creation!
Heaven and Earth are Full of Your Glory!
Hosanna in the Highest!
Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the Highest!

"God made me to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him in this world and in the next."
Amen.  Allelujia!

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