Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
As a late-blooming Catholic, it was in college that I first heard the name “St. Michael.”
I wouldn’t have known if he was a man or an angel, but later learned St. Michael is an archangel, and prince and the commander of the army of God against all evil.
His name means, “Who is like God?” And he is the patron saint of soldiers, doctors, mariners, grocers, paratroopers, police and sickness.
His feast day is today, Sept. 29.
It was only this year, at the baptism of my best friend’s baby, Michael, that I learned that many theologians and some Catholic tradition think that St. Michael was Jesus’ guardian angel.
This is the same archangel that in today’s first alternate reading from the Book of Revelation that led his team of angels in the fight for heaven to conquer and send the devil down to Hell.
It is said that St. Michael appeared at least four times in a cave in Monte Gargano, Italy. Tradition has it that if you ask for anything in the cave, it will be granted. The original grotto dates back to the 5th or 6th century, and it is said to be the only church not consecrated by human hands, as St. Michael consecrated himself.
The cave has been visited by countless saints and popes, and is said to be the place where devotion to St. Michael, a spiritual warrior, first began.
St. Padrio Pio of Pietrelcina, who lived nearby, often visited the cave, invoking St. Michael’s powerful intercession.
St. Francis of Assisi considered the cave to be so sacred that he refused to enter it.
What a powerful protector to have on our side.
Today let’s pray for St. Michael’s safekeeping over each of our lives.
He has a special role of guidance and protection over each of us — physically, emotionally, spiritually — if we ask him.
He also has a special role of defense over our Church, which currently is suffering from deep wounds and in desperate need of healing after tragic abuse cases.
Let us start and end each day and Mass by invoking the intercession of this commanding archangel. After all, he was strong enough to order Satan to hell.
Whom shall we fear?
How much stronger will St. Michael’s dominance be when commanding over our pale struggles.
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 evil spirits, who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Do you believe in the power of angels, specifically St. Michael? How can they help you in your everyday life?
Have you ever heard of St. Michael or the Archangels before? What are some of your favorite things about them?
How can you have a better devotion to St. Michael starting today?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Come Holy Spirit."
"St. Michael, defend us."
Thank you Jesus."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
During the month of September, we ask that each day, for the Action step of our lectio divina, everyone prays a Divine Mercy Chaplet together for the healing of all victims of clerical abuse of any kind as well as for the healing and guidance of our Church.
For more information on why we are doing this action step and a simple lock screen or how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, click here.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Andrea Scott, a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C.
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