Conciliarism's Blindness-Inducing Acid
Thomas A. Droleskey
New York Daily Mirror investigative reporter Victor Riesel, who specialized in exposing the infiltration of organized labor by organized crime, was blinded when a bottle of sulfuric acid was thrown in his eyes while conducting an interview on a street in Manhattan on April 5, 1956. Undeterred by the attack, Riesel continued his career, becoming a regular commentator on the then-named WNEW-TV, Channel 5, in New York. Riesel's physical blindness did not stop him from"seeing" the truth about corruption clearly. He continued to speak out on the issue for at least three decades after the attack, dying of old age in 1995.
Sadly, the blindness-inducing acid of conciliarism prevents people who think that they know the Catholic faith well from seeing the world clearly. Recognizing that God's ineffable graces won for us on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All graces, can restore sight to the spiritually blind, it is nevertheless a fact that barring a miracle of grace many millions upon millions of Catholics in the conciliar world, including the indult, will remain spiritually blind to the acid of conciliarism and how it has prevented them from seeing the world clearly with the sensus fidei that should belong to very baptized and confirmed member of the Catholic Church.
Although I have written two articles (Easy for Blasphemers to Endorse Blasphemy and Preserved from All Sin, Filled with All Grace) dealing with the blasphemies contained in The Nativity Story, it appears as though an additional article is necessary to deal with the all-too-predictable reaction of many conciliar Catholics to this thoroughly Protestant attack upon the Divine Maternity of Mary and prerogatives of that Maternity, including her Immaculate Conception. The same people who find no problem at all with altar girls or extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, whether male or female, Communion in the hand, Communion under both kinds, ecumenism, religious liberty and all of the other novelties and blasphemies and sacrileges of the past forty years are convincing themselves that The Nativity Story is a decent motion picture that does not attack Catholic doctrine. Such people are blind. They have been blinded by conciliarism to such an extent that it is impossible for them to recognize a direct, frontal assault upon the Mother of God when it is put directly before the blinded eyes of their immortal souls.
Although my two previous articles on this subject have spelled out the doctrinal teaching of the Catholic Church about the gift of Integrity that was Our Lady's from the first moment of her conception in Good Saint Anne's womb as gratuitous gift of God bestowed upon her in anticipation of the merits that would be won for all men by her own Divine Son on the wood of the Holy Cross, it is important to summarize for the spiritually blind these simple facts that no Catholic is free to dismiss or make light of in the name of "artistic freedom," a corollary of conciliarism's "religious freedom:"
1) No one has the right to blaspheme the Mother of God by portraying her as prone to disobedience or temper tantrums. The Blessed Virgin Mary was filled with grace from the first moment of her conception. There were no disorderly inclinations in her at all. She was filled with the love of God from the first moment of her conception, growing in grace throughout her life, as was explained in the excerpt from Adolph Tanquerey's A Manual of Dogmatic Theology that was placed in Preserved from All Sin, Filled with All Grace two days ago. Scenes portraying Our Lady as moody or sulky or disobedient to her parents or not desirous of marrying Saint Joseph are great blasphemies against the doctrine of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, defined dogmatically at the Council of Ephesus in 431 A.D., and of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, defined dogmatically by Pope Pius IX in 1854 but having been part of the Catholic Faith from time immemorial (as demonstrated in the excerpt from Saint Alphonsus de Liguori's "Discourse on the Immaculate Conception" in Preserved from All Sin, Filled with All Grace).
2) No one has the right to blaspheme the Mother of God by portraying the Birth of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as involving laborious effort and/or pain on her part. The Catholic Church teaches dogmatically that Our Lady, having been preserved from Original Sin as a result of her Immaculate Conception, delivered Our Lord painlessly. Painful childbirth is a punishment for Original Sin. Anyone who says that the depiction of Our Lady undergoing a painful Childbirth is not an attack on the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception does not know his Catholic Faith.
3) No one has the right to blaspheme Good Saint Joseph by suggesting that he did not immediately accept the will of God after Saint Gabriel the Archangel had informed him in a dream that Our Lady was with child by the Holy Ghost. Saint Joseph, the just and silent man of the House of David, accepted the will of God with equanimity, providing the model for all Catholic fathers to imitate. It is a constant tradition of the Catholic Church that Saint Joseph knew full well that Mary had pledged herself to a life of perpetual virginity and that he consented to this without complaint. Any depiction of Saint Joseph as doubting Our Lady after Saint Gabriel appeared to him in a dream is attack on the justice, charity and chastity of the foster-father of the Son of God.
4) No one has the right to blaspheme Saints Joachim and Anne by depicting them as disbelieving their daughter, whom they knew to be wholly devoted to God and without any rebellious or sinful tendencies whatsoever. Once again, this is attack, albeit implicit, on the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception in that such a depiction is meant to convey the belief that Saints Joachim and Anne believed that they daughter was capable of deceit, which they knew she had never practiced one day in her life.
5) No one has the right to show Saint Elizabeth, who carried the Precursor of the Messiah in her own womb, as yelling at Our Lady. Saint Elizabeth was grateful for Our Lady's Visitation, which began on May 31 and lasted until the Presentation of Saint John the Baptist in the Temple on July 2. This was a period of great joy and solemnity between the mother of Precusor of the Divine Redeemer and Blessed Mother of the Divine Redeemer Himself.
The Nativity Story is a Protestant attack on the Catholic Faith, one that has received the full endorsement of the conciliarists in the Vatican itself, which hosted the film's world premiere at the Paul VI Audience Hall on November 26, 2006 (which was discussed in Easy for Blasphemers to Endorse Blasphemy). Images burn themselves in the mind's eye. Motion pictures are a much more powerful means of catechizing souls than sermons. Pope Pius XI noted this in his encyclical letter on motion pictures, Vigilianti Cura, June 29, 1936:
The power of the cinema is due to the fact that it speaks through the medium of living images, which are assimilated with delight and without difficulty, even by those who are untrained and uneducated, and who would be incapable or unwilling to make the efforts of induction or deduction necessary in reasoning. For to read, or to listen to another reading aloud demands a certain concentration and mental effort; an effort which in the cinema is replaced by the delight of a continuous stream of living images presented to the eyes. This power is accentuated in those films in which the voice accompanies the action, for the action becomes thereby even more easy to understand, and the plot may be developed with the added attraction of music. The dances and the scenes of so-called "variety" introduced in the intervals enhance the mental excitement and provide fresh stimuli.
These theatres, being like the school of life itself, have a greater influence in inciting men to virtue or vice than abstract reasoning. They must therefore be made to serve the purpose of disseminating the right principles of the Christian conscience, and must divest themselves of everything that could corrupt and impair good morals.
All men know how much harm is done by bad films; they sing the praises of lust and desire, and at the same time provide occasions of sin; they seduce the young from the right path; they present life in a false light; they obscure and weaken the wise counsels of attaining perfection; they destroy pure love, the sanctity of matrimony and the intimate needs of family life. They seek moreover to inculcate prejudiced and false opinions among individuals, classes of society and the different nations and peoples. . . .
The films are exhibited to spectators who are sitting in darkened theatres, and whose mental faculties and spiritual forces are for the most part dormant. We do not have to go far to find these theatres; they are near our houses, our churches and our schools, so that the influence they exercise and the power they wield over our daily life is very great.
Moreover stories and actions are presented, through the cinema, by men and women whose natural gifts are increased by training and embellished by every known art, in a manner which may possibly become an additional source of corruption, especially to the young. To this are added musical accompaniments, expensive settings, extravagant presentations, and novelty in its most varied and exciting form. Wherefore especially the minds of boys and young people are affected and held by the fascination of these plays; so that the cinema exercises its greatest strength and power at the very age at which the sense of honour is implanted and develops, at which the principles of justice and goodness emerge from the mind, at which the notions of duty and all the best principles of perfection make their appearance.
But alas! this power, in the present state of affairs, is too often used for harm. Wherefore when we consider the ruin caused among youths and children, whose innocence and chastity is endangered in these theatres, We remember that severe word spoken against the corrupters of youth by Jesus Christ: "But who so shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matth. xviii. 6-7).
It is therefore most necessary, in these times of ours, that these entertainments should not become schools of corruption, but that they should rather assist in the right education of man and in raising the dignity of morality.
As explained in the previous two articles on this subject, Protestants have an abiding interest in attacking the Catholic Faith, especially where it concerns the integrity and the dignity of the sinless Blessed Virgin Mary, whose title as the Mother of God is rejected by Protestants. The Nativity Story is a corruption of the truth that will reaffirm millions of Catholics in the Modernist lies they have been taught in conciliar parishes and religious education programs and elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities and adult "education" programs. And The Nativity Story is a corruption of the truth that has the full endorsement of the conciliar corrupters of truth themselves, making it all that much more difficult for a believing Catholic whose sensus fidei has been blinded by conciliarism to understand why there should be such a big hubbub is about how Our Lady is portrayed.
Let's face facts here, folks: if the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Foley, can give an address in support of The Nativity Story at the movie's world premiere in the Paul VI Audience Hall, what ghost of a chance, humanly speaking, does the average Catholic in the conciliar structures have of reacting with proper sense of outrage at the blasphemies contained in The Nativity Story. Most Catholics have come to accept the lie of Modernity and of Modernism that "anything goes," that nothing is certain or fixed, that even what we think we know about the Faith is subject to change. This is is one of the reasons it was so important for Annibale Bugnini and friends to concoct the Novus Ordo Missae with the help of six Protestant "observers" (who made their "observations" in coffee breaks that were later read into the record by episcopal members of the Consilium as their own remarks; quite insidious, thank you) with a view to making the "reformed liturgy" subject to a wide variety of adaptations and permutations. Bugnini and his fellow revolutionaries knew that the average Catholic would become used to ceaseless liturgical change as a normal part of his life as a Catholic, predisposing him to accept changes in the presentation of doctrine that were designed to undermine the Received Teaching of the Divine Redeemer so as to make it more in accord with the "needs" of "modern" man. The Novus Ordo Missae and the new theology for "modern" man that it represents and propagates is what has placed acid in the spiritual eyes of so many conciliar Catholics, predisposing them to think nothing about the honor due the Mother of God at all times and in all places.
The conciliarists have been clever, subtly changing this and that over the years to accustom people to one set of changes before more radical changes are introduced in the context of the "liturgy." Catholic concepts have been admixed with Modernist ones in religious education programs and in college and university courses. Ambiguity, uncertainty, instability and outright doubt in the truths of the Faith have been mixed together to produce an toxic, blinding acid far more dangerous to souls than the sulfuric acid that was used in the attack on the late Victor Riesel on April 5, 1956. The devil knows that it is not easy for most people to sift a few grains of truth from a truckload of error. He wants people to be so uncertain about what it is they believe that they will not able to recognize--and thus will not resist--frontal attacks on the woman who has crushed his head with her heel, Our Lady. And don't think the devil doesn't take particular delight in the fact that some Catholics will defend the blasphemies against Our Lady he inspired in The Nativity Story while others will oppose them; the adversary jumps up and down with satanic glee when he gets believing Catholics to argue with each other over his own schemes. He is a prideful one, you know.
Some conciliar Catholics might see the problems in The Nativity Story but minimize their harm. Such people deceive themselves in this instance just as much as they deceive themselves by thinking that the Novus Ordo Missae does not offend God and has not offended the souls for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. As noted earlier, some might even claim that a certain "artistic freedom" should be granted those engaged in the making of a motion picture. No one is free, however, to do or say anything that in any way puts into question the honor and the integrity and the dignity of the woman who made possible our salvation by her perfect fiat to the will of the Father at the Annunciation, our dear Blessed Mother, Mary of Nazareth. The Protestant producers of The Nativity Story are no more free to take "artistic freedom" with Our Lady than that alleged "artist" seven years ago who did a "portrait" of Our Lady with elephant dung smeared all over her.
Pope Gregory XVI spoke directly to the so-called "freedom to publish," which is part and parcel of the alleged "artistic freedom" that we are supposed to tolerate as the Catholic doctrines concerning the Divine Maternity of Our Lady and her Immaculate Conception are undermined in a motion picture:
Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained. Surely, in so clear a matter, you will drive this deadly error far from the people committed to your care. With the admonition of the apostle that "there is one God, one faith, one baptism" may those fear who contrive the notion that the safe harbor of salvation is open to persons of any religion whatever. They should consider the testimony of Christ Himself that "those who are not with Christ are against Him," and that they disperse unhappily who do not gather with Him. Therefore "without a doubt, they will perish forever, unless they hold the Catholic faith whole and inviolate." Let them hear Jerome who, while the Church was torn into three parts by schism, tells us that whenever someone tried to persuade him to join his group he always exclaimed: "He who is for the See of Peter is for me." A schismatic flatters himself falsely if he asserts that he, too, has been washed in the waters of regeneration. Indeed Augustine would reply to such a man: "The branch has the same form when it has been cut off from the vine; but of what profit for it is the form, if it does not live from the root?"
This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say. When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit" is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws -- in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty.
Here We must include that harmful and never sufficiently denounced freedom to publish any writings whatever and disseminate them to the people, which some dare to demand and promote with so great a clamor. We are horrified to see what monstrous doctrines and prodigious errors are disseminated far and wide in countless books, pamphlets, and other writings which, though small in weight, are very great in malice. We are in tears at the abuse which proceeds from them over the face of the earth. Some are so carried away that they contentiously assert that the flock of errors arising from them is sufficiently compensated by the publication of some book which defends religion and truth. Every law condemns deliberately doing evil simply because there is some hope that good may result. Is there any sane man who would say poison ought to be distributed, sold publicly, stored, and even drunk because some antidote is available and those who use it may be snatched from death again and again?
The Church has always taken action to destroy the plague of bad books. This was true even in apostolic times for we read that the apostles themselves burned a large number of books. It may be enough to consult the laws of the fifth Council of the Lateran on this matter and the Constitution which Leo X published afterwards lest "that which has been discovered advantageous for the increase of the faith and the spread of useful arts be converted to the contrary use and work harm for the salvation of the faithful." This also was of great concern to the fathers of Trent, who applied a remedy against this great evil by publishing that wholesome decree concerning the Index of books which contain false doctrine."We must fight valiantly," Clement XIII says in an encyclical letter about the banning of bad books, "as much as the matter itself demands and must exterminate the deadly poison of so many books; for never will the material for error be withdrawn, unless the criminal sources of depravity perish in flames." Thus it is evident that this Holy See has always striven, throughout the ages, to condemn and to remove suspect and harmful books. The teaching of those who reject the censure of books as too heavy and onerous a burden causes immense harm to the Catholic people and to this See. They are even so depraved as to affirm that it is contrary to the principles of law, and they deny the Church the right to decree and to maintain it.
Just as a slight aside here, the See of Peter is the protector of the Catholic Faith. The Catholic Church could never endorse any book or motion picture that undermined Catholic doctrine concerning the Mother of God. And there is no doubt but that The Nativity Story is a direct attack on Catholic doctrine concerning the Mother of God. A legitimate pontiff would be condemning this motion picture and urging Catholics to make reparation for the blasphemies contained therein, not endorsing it by giving his own permission for its world premiere to be held in Vatican City itself. No man possessed of the Catholic Faith could not see the direct, frontal assaults upon Our Lady contained in The Nativity Story. Such a person does not hold the Catholic Faith "whole and inviolate."
Pope Leo XIII also wrote about the moral necessity of publishing only the truth. No one is free to publish or produce any work of "art" that undermines the truths Our Lord has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for their safekeeping and infallible explication. This is what he wrote in Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885:
So, too, the liberty of thinking, and of publishing, whatsoever each one likes, without any hindrance, is not in itself an advantage over which society can wisely rejoice. On the contrary, it is the fountain-head and origin of many evils. Liberty is a power perfecting man, and hence should have truth and goodness for its object. But the character of goodness and truth cannot be changed at option. These remain ever one and the same, and are no less unchangeable than nature itself. If the mind assents to false opinions, and the will chooses and follows after what is wrong, neither can attain its native fullness, but both must fall from their native dignity into an abyss of corruption. Whatever, therefore, is opposed to virtue and truth may not rightly be brought temptingly before the eye of man, much less sanctioned by the favor and protection of the law. A well-spent life is the only way to heaven, whither all are bound, and on this account the State is acting against the laws and dictates of nature whenever it permits the license of opinion and of action to lead minds astray from truth and souls away from the practice of virtue. To exclude the Church, founded by God Himself, from the business of life, from the making of laws, from the education of youth, from domestic society is a grave and fatal error. A State from which religion is banished can never be well regulated; and already perhaps more than is desirable is known of the nature and tendency of the so-called civil philosophy of life and morals. The Church of Christ is the true and sole teacher of virtue and guardian of morals. She it is who preserves in their purity the principles from which duties flow, and, by setting forth most urgent reasons for virtuous life, bids us not only to turn away from wicked deeds, but even to curb all movements of the mind that are opposed to reason, even though they be not carried out in action.
"Whatever is opposed to virtue and truth may not rightly be brought temptingly before the eye of man, much less sanctioned by the favor and the protection of the law." The Nativity Story is opposed to the truth of the absolute virtue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anyone who minimizes this reality ought to consider the fate of Nestorius, the heretic who denied the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as recounted in Fathers Dominic and Francisco's Radecki's
Nestorius was rightfully deposed and excommunicated, and Maximian was chosen as the new Bishop of Constantinople. Nestorius was first exiled in Antioch, then to Egypt. The heretic died a horrifying death, for his tongue was consumed by worms--a fitting punishment for one who blasphemed not only the Blessed Virgin Mary, but also her Divine Son, Jesus. (Fathers Dominic and Francisco Radecki, Tumultuous Times, p. 38.)
Are there any further questions out there concerning blasphemies against the Mother of God?
Father John Croiset's The Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: How to Practice the Sacred Heart Devotion (republished by TAN Books and Publishers in 1988) contains a meditation for the second Friday of December that is quite apt to the spiritual blindness that has been engendered by the acid of conciliarism:
How deplorable was the blindness of the Jews! And what can they answer when they will be reproached with the evils which they have brought on themselves by their blindness? You had the Light in your midst, it will be said against them, and you closed your eyes because you preferred the darkness. The Sun of Justice, so long expected, had risen among you. You refused to make use of this Daylight which was to make you happy. This same Light is till in our midst in the Blessed Sacrament, and are all Christians wiser than the Jews? Do all Christians make use of this Light? Is there not reason to fear that the presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Eucharist, with His Sacred Heart ever ready to pour out on us the treasures of grace which It contains and of which It is the Source, will be the cause of our condemnation? Have we recourse to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, and do we address ourselves to Him with confidence? Do we seek from Him the helps and graces necessary for us in the various happenings of life? Alas! This Light is despised because people love the darkness, and this contempt will be the case of their condemnation.
The brilliance of the Light Who is Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is not to be found in the lies and the ambiguities and errors and the novelties and the heresies of conciliarism. If the Faith was held whole and inviolate in the conciliar structures, ladies and gentlemen, most Catholics would be outraged at The Nativity Story, not bedazzled by the devil's Hollywood theatrics to make assaults against the Mother of God seem to be "insignificant" in the "larger picture." Most Catholics have lost the sensus fidei, thereby mirroring the loss of the sensus fidei that characterizes the mind of Benedict XVI himself, ever content to find accommodation with unbelievers as belief in the Deposit of Faith Our Lord entrusted to the Catholic Church is undermined by the ethos of conciliarism and attacked frontally by the devil's minions in Protestantism and in the world-at-large.
Once again, we should make an act of reparation for the blasphemies contained by The Nativity Story and endorsed by the conciliarists who run the Vatican. In addition to praying one set of mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary, I would like to encourage you all once again to pray this Salutation to Mary that was composed by Saint John Eudes in the Seventeenth Century:
Hail Mary! Daughter of God the Father.
Hail Mary! Mother of God the Son.
Hail Mary! Spouse of God the Holy Ghost.
Hail Mary! Temple of the Most Blessed Trinity.
Hail Mary! Pure Lilly of the Effulgent Trinity. God.
Hail Mary!! Celestial Rose of the ineffable Love of God.
Hail Mary! Virgin pure and humble, of whom the King of Heaven willed to be born and with thy milk to be nourished.
Hail Mary! Virgin of Virgins.
Hail Mary! Queen of Martyrs, whose soul a sword transfixed.
Hail Mary! Lady most blessed: Unto whom all power in Heaven and earth is given.
Hail Mary! My Queen and my Mother! My Life, my sweetness and my Hope.
Hail Mary! Mother most Amiable.
Hail Mary! Mother most Admirable.
Hail Mary! Mother of Divine Love.
Hail Mary! IMMACULATE! Conceived without sin!
Hail Mary Full of Grace. The Lord is with Thee! Blessed art Thou amongst Women and Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus!
Blessed be thy Spouse, St. Joseph.
Blessed be thy Father, St. Joachim.
Blessed be thy Mother, St. Anne.
Blessed be thy Guardian, St. John.
Blessed be thy Holy Angel, St. Gabriel.
Glory be to God the Father, who chose thee.
Glory be to God the Son, who loved thee.
Glory be to God the Holy Ghost, who espoused thee.
O Glorious Virgin Mary, may all men love and praise thee.
Holy Mary, Mother of God! Pray for us and bless us, now, and at death in the Name of Jesus, thy Divine Son!
The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place. Of that we can have no doubt. In the meantime, however, we must defend the honor of Our Lady as best as we can when the doctrines concerning her glories are attacked and undermined so insidiously as they are in The Nativity Story. Those of us who have many sins to make satisfaction for before we die can help remove some of that debt by standing up for Our Lady and trying to help those blinded by conciliarism to seek out the light offered by Tradition without any concessions to the novelties that have made it so possible for so many people to be so blase about attacks on her, our dear, dear Blessed Mother.
Vivat Christus Rex! Vivat Maria Regina Immaculata!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
Saint Rene Goupil, pray for us.
Saint John Lalonde, pray for us.
Saint Gregory Lalamont, pray for us.
Saint Noel Chabanel, pray for us.
Saint Charles Garnier, pray for us.
Saint Anthony Daniel, pray for us.
Saint John DeBrebeuf, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Gerard Majella, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Venerable Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Father Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Francisco Marto, pray for us.
Jacinta Marto, pray for us.
Juan Diego, pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.