Victims of American Social Engineering
Thomas A. Droleskey
As the madness in Iraq claims the lives of more citizens of the United States of America with each passing week, media reports are filled with very moving stories of how members of our armed forces, who have been placed into harm's way needlessly by a president who lied about the underlying premises to justify our invasion of Iraq and who continues to believe that the "demigod" of "democracy" will prevail in land torn by sectarian strife among competing bands of Mohammedans, are dealing with ever more novel ways being invented and adapted by Iraqi nationals, who resent their presence in Iraq, to kill them. Although the now-executed Saddam Hussein was a thug who did indeed torture and kill his opponents, his thuggish rule kept Iraq from exploding into civil war and kept operatives of al-Qaeda out of his country. A gangster never wants a rival gang in his country.
As bad as Saddam Hussein was, he maintained order in his country and provided basic services to his citizens, services that were interrupted by the American invasion in March of 2003 and have not been restored (or restored haphazardly and/or slothfully) in many instances. Sure, Hussein gassed the Kurds in 1991, largely as a result of a stockpile of biological and chemical weapons that were sold to him by the government of the United States of America on December 20, 1983, during the midst of the Iraq-Iran War. President Ronald Wilson Reagan's Middle East Envoy, a chap by the name of Donald D. Rumsfeld, went to Iraq and negotiated the sale himself. Although I had mentioned this in an article ten months ago, perhaps it is useful once again to provide photographic evidence of this meeting:
Shaking Hands: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983. (National Security Archive, http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB82/ There is an interesting, fact-based article, replete with links to national security documents, available at: Shaking Hands with Saddam Hussein.)
Isn't interesting to see Rumsfeld, who, along with George W. Bush, compared Saddam Hussein to Adolf Hitler, shaking hands so warmly with Hussein some twenty years before the American invasion. Here you see, ladies and gentlemen, the utter bankruptcy of Machiavellian power politics.
Here is a summary of how these contemporary Machiavellians view the world: The only thing that matters at any given point in time is short-term "strategic" security interests. The ends thus justify the means. Today's ally may be tomorrow's demonized villain. For the moment, however, the only thing that matters is achieving some short-term goal. Most citizens have short memories, diverted by bread and circuses into paying scant attention to current events, prone to accept superficial, positivist representations that the "national security" justifies some foreign adventure, usually undertaken at the behest of the State of Israel and/or its chief lobby arm in the United States, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), whose success is "guaranteed" by neo-Wilsonian neoconservatives who believe that the only thing "backward" countries need is to become more like the United States of America. Obviously, "threats" to national security from abroad, especially during the self-proclaimed "Global War on Terror," require restrictions on legitimate human liberty within the United States of America. Ah, yes, you see, we must restrict true liberty at home in order to spread it in Iraq and elsewhere. Makes a lot sense if and only if you believe in nonsense, doesn't it?
Part of restricting true liberty at home in order to "spread" the false concept of "civil liberty" represented by the demonic lies of pluralism and free speech and freedom of the press and religious liberty, each of which has been condemned by true popes of the Catholic Church and bind the consciences of every Catholic, involves the spread of nationalist propaganda to make it appear as though the United States of America is morally superior to all other nations. We have been "chosen" by God Himself to act as the moral judge of all other nations, able to pronounce on the inherent goodness or evil of other nations, who become subject to the "Bush Doctrine" of preemptive war, which in and of its nature is a violation of the precepts of the Just War Theory, when the dictates of social engineers and the coffers of corporate robber barons judge that some new military intervention is need to perpetuate war as the solution to this or that international problem.
The national socialism of Western "liberal" naturalists and materialists is really no different that the international socialism of the Marxist-Leninist naturalists and materialists and atheists. It is not a coincidence, my friends, that Pope Pius XI issued Mit Brennender Sorge, condemning national socialism, and Divini Redemptoris, condemning international socialism, within two days of other. The first was issued on March 17, 1937, the second was issued March 19, 1937, the Feasts of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph, respectively. Pope Pius XI warned about the myths of national supremacy, which are so much a part of the American nationalism that went into the planning of the invasion of Iraq, evident in national socialism and warned about the myths of Communist utopianism. American policy makers suffer from the influences of both mythologies, believing that the United States of America is indeed morally superior to other nations and that their utopian schemes will "create" the "better," more "peaceful" world. A veritable Pax Americana, if you will.
Consider the words of Pope Pius XI in Mit Brennender Sorge concerning the myths of national superiority:
Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community -- however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things -- whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds.
Beware, Venerable Brethren, of that growing abuse, in speech as in writing, of the name of God as though it were a meaningless label, to be affixed to any creation, more or less arbitrary, of human speculation. Use your influence on the Faithful, that they refuse to yield to this aberration. Our God is the Personal God, supernatural, omnipotent, infinitely perfect, one in the Trinity of Persons, tri-personal in the unity of divine essence, the Creator of all existence. Lord, King and ultimate Consummator of the history of the world, who will not, and cannot, tolerate a rival God by His side.
This God, this Sovereign Master, has issued commandments whose value is independent of time and space, country and race. As God's sun shines on every human face so His law knows neither privilege nor exception. Rulers and subjects, crowned and uncrowned, rich and poor are equally subject to His word. From the fullness of the Creators' right there naturally arises the fullness of His right to be obeyed by individuals and communities, whoever they are. This obedience permeates all branches of activity in which moral values claim harmony with the law of God, and pervades all integration of the ever-changing laws of man into the immutable laws of God.
None but superficial minds could stumble into concepts of a national God, of a national religion; or attempt to lock within the frontiers of a single people, within the narrow limits of a single race, God, the Creator of the universe, King and Legislator of all nations before whose immensity they are "as a drop of a bucket" (Isaiah xI, 15).
The Bishops of the Church of Christ, "ordained in the things that appertain to God (Heb. v, 1) must watch that pernicious errors of this sort, and consequent practices more pernicious still, shall not gain a footing among their flock. It is part of their sacred obligations to do whatever is in their power to enforce respect for, and obedience to, the commandments of God, as these are the necessary foundation of all private life and public morality; to see that the rights of His Divine Majesty, His name and His word be not profaned; to put a stop to the blasphemies, which, in words and pictures, are multiplying like the sands of the desert; to encounter the obstinacy and provocations of those who deny, despise and hate God, by the never-failing reparatory prayers of the Faithful, hourly rising like incense to the All-Highest and staying His vengeance.
We thank you, Venerable Brethren, your priests and Faithful, who have persisted in their Christian duty and in the defense of God's rights in the teeth of an aggressive paganism. Our gratitude, warmer still and admiring, goes out to those who, in fulfillment of their duty, have been deemed worthy of sacrifice and suffering for the love of God.
No faith in God can for long survive pure and unalloyed without the support of faith in Christ. "No one knoweth who the Son is, but the Father: and who the Father is, but the Son and to whom the Son will reveal Him" (Luke x. 22). "Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent" (John xvii. 3). Nobody, therefore, can say: "I believe in God, and that is enough religion for me," for the Savior's words brook no evasion: "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. He that confesseth the Son hath the Father also" (1 John ii. 23). . . .
The peak of the revelation as reached in the Gospel of Christ is final and permanent. It knows no retouches by human hand; it admits no substitutes or arbitrary alternatives such as certain leaders pretend to draw from the so-called myth of race and blood. Since Christ, the Lord's Anointed, finished the task of Redemption, and by breaking up the reign of sin deserved for us the grace of being the children God, since that day no other name under heaven has been given to men, whereby we must be saved (Acts iv. 12). No man, were every science, power and worldly strength incarnated in him, can lay any other foundation but that which is laid: which is Christ Jesus (1 Cor. iii 11). Should any man dare, in sacrilegious disregard of the essential differences between God and His creature, between the God-man and the children of man, to place a mortal, were he the greatest of all times, by the side of, or over, or against, Christ, he would deserve to be called prophet of nothingness, to whom the terrifying words of Scripture would be applicable: "He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh at them" (Psalms ii. 3).
18. Faith in Christ cannot maintain itself pure and unalloyed without the support of faith in the Church, "the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Tim. iii. 15); for Christ Himself, God eternally blessed, raised this pillar of the Faith. His command to hear the Church (Matt. xviii. 15), to welcome in the words and commands of the Church His own words and His own commands (Luke x. 16), is addressed to all men, of all times and of all countries. The Church founded by the Redeemer is one, the same for all races and all nations. Beneath her dome, as beneath the vault of heaven, there is but one country for all nations and tongues; there is room for the development of every quality, advantage, task and vocation which God the Creator and Savior has allotted to individuals as well as to ethnical communities. The Church's maternal heart is big enough to see in the God-appointed development of individual characteristics and gifts, more than a mere danger of divergency. She rejoices at the spiritual superiorities among individuals and nations. In their successes she sees with maternal joy and pride fruits of education and progress, which she can only bless and encourage, whenever she can conscientiously do so. But she also knows that to this freedom limits have been set by the majesty of the divine command, which founded that Church one and indivisible. Whoever tampers with that unity and that indivisibility wrenches from the Spouse of Christ one of the diadems with which God Himself crowned her; he subjects a divine structure, which stands on eternal foundations, to criticism and transformation by architects whom the Father of Heaven never authorized to interfere.
The Church, whose work lies among men and operates through men, may see her divine mission obscured by human, too human, combination, persistently growing and developing like the cockle among the wheat of the Kingdom of God. Those who know the Savior's words on scandal and the giver of scandals, know, too, the judgment which the Church and all her sons must pronounce on what was and what is sin. But if, besides these reprehensible discrepancies be between faith and life, acts and words, exterior conduct and interior feelings, however numerous they be, anyone overlooks the overwhelming sum of authentic virtues, of spirit of sacrifice, fraternal love, heroic efforts of sanctity, he gives evidence of deplorable blindness and injustice. If later he forgets to apply the standard of severity, by which he measures the Church he hates, to other organizations in which he happens to be interested, then his appeal to an offended sense of purity identifies him with those who, for seeing the mote in their brother's eye, according to the Savior's incisive words, cannot see the beam in their own. But however suspicious the intention of those who make it their task, nay their vile profession, to scrutinize what is human in the Church, and although the priestly powers conferred by God are independent of the priest's human value, it yet remains true that at no moment of history, no individual, in no organization can dispense himself from the duty of loyally examining his conscience, of mercilessly purifying himself, and energetically renewing himself in spirit and in action. In Our Encyclical on the priesthood We have urged attention to the sacred duty of all those who belong to the Church, chiefly the members of the priestly and religious profession and of the lay apostolate, to square their faith and their conduct with the claims of the law of God and of the Church. And today we again repeat with all the insistency We can command: it is not enough to be a member of the Church of Christ, one needs to be a living member, in spirit and in truth, i.e., living in the state of grace and in the presence of God, either in innocence or in sincere repentance. If the Apostle of the nations, the vase of election, chastised his body and brought it into subjection: lest perhaps, when he had preached to others, he himself should become a castaway (1 Cor. ix. 27), could anybody responsible for the extension of the Kingdom of God claim any other method but personal sanctification? Only thus can we show to the present generation, and to the critics of the Church that "the salt of the earth," the leaven of Christianity has not decayed, but is ready to give the men of today -- prisoners of doubt and error, victims of indifference, tired of their Faith and straying from God -- the spiritual renewal they so much need. A Christianity which keeps a grip on itself, refuses every compromise with the world, takes the commands of God and the Church seriously, preserves its love of God and of men in all its freshness, such a Christianity can be, and will be, a model and a guide to a world which is sick to death and clamors for directions, unless it be condemned to a catastrophe that would baffle the imagination.
Every true and lasting reform has ultimately sprung from the sanctity of men who were driven by the love of God and of men. Generous, ready to stand to attention to any call from God, yet confident in themselves because confident in their vocation, they grew to the size of beacons and reformers. On the other hand, any reformatory zeal, which instead of springing from personal purity, flashes out of passion, has produced unrest instead of light, destruction instead of construction, and more than once set up evils worse than those it was out to remedy. No doubt "the Spirit breatheth where he will" (John iii. 8): "of stones He is able to raise men to prepare the way to his designs" (Matt. iii. 9). He chooses the instruments of His will according to His own plans, not those of men. But the Founder of the Church, who breathed her into existence at Pentecost, cannot disown the foundations as He laid them. Whoever is moved by the spirit of God, spontaneously adopts both outwardly and inwardly, the true attitude toward the Church, this sacred fruit from the tree of the cross, this gift from the Spirit of God, bestowed on Pentecost day to an erratic world.
The naturalists who govern the United States of America do not believe that it is necessary to base their actions upon the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural law as they have been entrusted by the God-Man Himself, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to the Catholic Church, who alone is the sole and infallible explicator of those precepts. No, the naturalists believe in their own nationalist mythologies, believing that their own efforts at national and international social engineering will provide "peace" and 'security" and "justice," each of which has to be secured with the expenditure of more taxpayer dollars as more wars are fought to make these ever-elusive goals come true. The naturalists who govern the United States of America do not accept the fact that "every true and lasting reform has ultimate sprung from the sanctity of men who were driven by the love of God and men." They do not accept that the path to sanctity runs exclusively through the Catholic Church.
Thus it is that the naturalists who govern the United States of America have much in common with the nationalist mythologies spread by the national socialists of the Third Reich. They also have much in common with the international socialists of the hammer and the sickle. Both reject the necessity of subordinating themselves to the Catholic Church in all that pertains to the good of souls, upon which depends the right ordering of nations: Consider these words from Pope Pius XI's Divini Redemptoris:
But God has likewise destined man for civil society according to the dictates of his very nature. In the plan of the Creator, society is a natural means which man can and must use to reach his destined end. Society is for man and not vice versa. This must not be understood in the sense of liberalistic individualism, which subordinates society to the selfish use of the individual; but only in the sense that by means of an organic union with society and by mutual collaboration the attainment of earthly happiness is placed within the reach of all. In a further sense, it is society which affords the opportunities for the development of all the individual and social gifts bestowed on human nature. These natural gifts have a value surpassing the immediate interests of the moment, for in society they reflect the divine perfection, which would not be true were man to live alone. But on final analysis, even in this latter function, society is made for man, that he may recognize this reflection of God's perfection, and refer it in praise and adoration to the Creator. Only man, the human person, and not society in any form is endowed with reason and a morally free will.
Man cannot be exempted from his divinely-imposed obligations toward civil society, and the representatives of authority have the right to coerce him when he refuses without reason to do his duty. Society, on the other hand, cannot defraud man of his God-granted rights, the most important of which We have indicated above. Nor can society systematically void these rights by making their use impossible. It is therefore according to the dictates of reason that ultimately all material things should be ordained to man as a person, that through his mediation they may find their way to the Creator. In this wise we can apply to man, the human person, the words of the Apostle of the Gentiles, who writes to the Corinthians on the Christian economy of salvation: "All things are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's." While Communism impoverishes human personality by inverting the terms of the relation of man to society, to what lofty heights is man not elevated by reason and Revelation!
American social engineering has failed miserably within the borders of the United States of America and around the world. The supposedly "superior" United States of America, whose leaders went to great lengths to demonize Saddam Hussein, who did indeed preside over the executions of about 1.5 million people during his thirty-six year dictatorial reign, has presided over the surgical deaths of nearly fifty million innocent preborn children and another 650 million chemical deaths of innocent preborn children by means of abortifacient contraceptives.You tell me where the "weapons of mass destruction" are located, Iraq or the United States of America. The weapons of mass destruction in this country are found in the hands of those who kill babies under cover of law surgically and in the hands of those who invent the formulae and of those who put into manufacture and sales the pills and devices that dispatch preborn lives chemically. While we pray for the conversion of those engaged in this genocide of the innocent, it is laughable to call the United States of America a "civilized" nation, one that has been "chosen" by God Himself to bring "civilization" to such places as Iraq.
The truth of the matter is, of course, that the civil war, aided and abetted by a variety of operatives from various terrorist organizations who now have entree into a country, Iraq, that was inaccessible to them prior to the American invasion in 2003, has created scores of thousands of victims of dead, wounded and displaced Iraqi civilians. As has been noted before on this site, however, almost no one is discussing the plight of Iraq's Catholics, who were, for the most part, left alone by Saddam Hussein, who practiced an artful form of pragmatic politics by choosing not to make enemies of citizens who could trace their lineage in the borders of what now constitutes contemporary Iraq back to pre-Apostolic times. Iraq's Catholics are under attack by the Shiites who comprise the bulk of the bumbling "governing" coalition in Iraq, men and women who are turning a deliberate blind eye to the revenge murders committed by their fellow Shiites against the Sunni Mohammedans, men and women who care not one whit about the plight of Catholics, many of which have been forced to leave the land where their ancestors had lived for several millennia.
Mrs. Bridget Mueller, who serves with her husband Robert as a coordinator of Saint Hugh of Lincoln Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, sent along the following information about the plight of her own family:
My father, Hani Kalian, was born in Mosul and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, and his family was a very old and respected one in the Syrian Catholic Church. My father passed away on November 30, 2003, and his parents and two sisters were already deceased, but he still had a living married brother (wife and 2 grown sons,) and an unmarried brother. They have all had to leave Baghdad, starting about 1 1/2 yrs ago, with the unmarried uncle being the last one to leave, just this past February. Some of them are now in Jordan, and some are in the UAE. [United Arab Emirates]
More victims of American social engineering. Who has reported on their plight? What official of the government of the United States of America has ever publicly acknowledged the simple fact that Iraq's Catholics, who lived in peace under Saddam Hussein, who practiced "religious tolerance," which is far different than "religious liberty," mostly out of what he considered to be his own "enlightened self-interest," are being persecuted and attacked regularly by Mohammedans, "liberated" by the American invasion to demonstrate their ancient hatred for Catholics (and for members of the various Orthodox sects in Iraq, to be sure). How can "peace" be built on the foundation of a hatred for members of One Sheepfold of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, upon hatred of Our Lord Himself and of His Holy Church. Anyone who believes that "peace" can be secured by means of "empowering" Mohammedans and turning a blind eye to their attacks upon Catholics is as mad as the men who planned and executed the American invasion of Iraq, some of whom were the same men who empowered Saddam Hussein during the Iraq-Iran War.
As we pray for the persecuted and displaced Catholics of Iraq, let us keep these words of Pope Pius XI, contained in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, in mind:
If we stop to reflect for a moment that these ideals and doctrines of Jesus Christ, for example, his teachings on the necessity and value of the spiritual life, on the dignity and sanctity of human life, on the duty of obedience, on the divine basis of human government, on the sacramental character of matrimony and by consequence the sanctity of family life -- if we stop to reflect, let Us repeat, that these ideals and doctrines of Christ (which are in fact but a portion of the treasury of truth which He left to mankind) were confided by Him to His Church and to her alone for safekeeping, and that He has promised that His aid will never fail her at any time for she is the infallible teacher of His doctrines in every century and before all nations, there is no one who cannot clearly see what a singularly important role the Catholic Church is able to play, and is even called upon to assume, in providing a remedy for the ills which afflict the world today and in leading mankind toward a universal peace.
42. Because the Church is by divine institution the sole depository and interpreter of the ideals and teachings of Christ, she alone possesses in any complete and true sense the power effectively to combat that materialistic philosophy which has already done and, still threatens, such tremendous harm to the home and to the state. The Church alone can introduce into society and maintain therein the prestige of a true, sound spiritualism, the spiritualism of Christianity which both from the point of view of truth and of its practical value is quite superior to any exclusively philosophical theory. The Church is the teacher and an example of world good-will, for she is able to inculcate and develop in mankind the "true spirit of brotherly love" (St. Augustine, De Moribus Ecclesiae Catholicae, i, 30) and by raising the public estimation of the value and dignity of the individual's soul help thereby to lift us even unto God.
Finally, the Church is able to set both public and private life on the road to righteousness by demanding that everything and all men become obedient to God "Who beholdeth the heart," to His commands, to His laws, to His sanctions. If the teachings of the Church could only penetrate in some such manner as We have described the inner recesses of the consciences of mankind, be they rulers or be they subjects, all eventually would be so apprised of their personal and civic duties and their mutual responsibilities that in a short time "Christ would be all, and in all." (Colossians iii, 11)
Since the Church is the safe and sure guide to conscience, for to her safe-keeping alone there has been confided the doctrines and the promise of the assistance of Christ, she is able not only to bring about at the present hour a peace that is truly the peace of Christ, but can, better than any other agency which We know of, contribute greatly to the securing of the same peace for the future, to the making impossible of war in the future. For the Church teaches (she alone has been given by God the mandate and the right to teach with authority) that not only our acts as individuals but also as groups and as nations must conform to the eternal law of God. In fact, it is much more important that the acts of a nation follow God's law, since on the nation rests a much greater responsibility for the consequences of its acts than on the individual.
When, therefore, governments and nations follow in all their activities, whether they be national or international, the dictates of conscience grounded in the teachings, precepts, and example of Jesus Christ, and which are binding on each and every individual, then only can we have faith in one another's word and trust in the peaceful solution of the difficulties and controversies which may grow out of differences in point of view or from clash of interests. An attempt in this direction has already and is now being made; its results, however, are almost negligible and, especially so, as far as they can be said to affect those major questions which divide seriously and serve to arouse nations one against the other. No merely human institution of today can be as successful in devising a set of international laws which will be in harmony with world conditions as the Middle Ages were in the possession of that true League of Nations, Christianity. It cannot be denied that in the Middle Ages this law was often violated; still it always existed as an ideal, according to which one might judge the acts of nations, and a beacon light calling those who had lost their way back to the safe road.
Naturalists worldwide, including the naturalist leaders of the United States of America, reject this out of hand. So do the conciliarists, who believe in the United Masonic Nations and in inter-denominationalism as legitimate "paths" to peace, believing, as Joseph Ratzinger himself has said during his false "reign" as Benedict XVI, that Talmudic Judaism and Mohammedanism can contribute to building the "better," "more peaceful" world, thus prolonging the agonies produced by a world steeped in the consequences of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen.
Trusting, as always, especially during this month of May, in the intercessory power of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we redouble our efforts to pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit and to pass out blessed Miraculous Medals and Green Scapulars to those God's Providence places in our paths. We may indeed be able, therefore, to profit from these words contained in the Epistle of Saint James:
My brethren, if any of you err from the truth, and one convert him: He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.(James 5: 19-20)
May our efforts to promote more widespread and more fervent devotion to Our Lady, including promoting Total Marian Consecration, help to undo the failed efforts of naturalist and relativist social engineers worldwide, including in the United States of America. May our efforts to promote the Rosary and Our Lady's Fatima Message, including devotion to the Five First Saturdays, help to bring about the day when Catholicism is seen by one and all as the only foundation of personal and social order, when all hearts, consecrated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, will exclaim with great and exuberant joy:
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, 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 Rita, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saints Monica, pray for us.
Saint Jude, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, pray for us.
Saint Francis Solano, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us.
Saint Scholastica, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Antony of the Desert, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Bonaventure, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.
Saint Peter Damian, pray for us.
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Monica, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint Cecilia, pray 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 Gabriel Lalemont, 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 Hyacinth, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Gerard Majella, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Saint Genevieve, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Saint Rita of Cascia, pray for us.
Saint Louis de Montfort, 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.