What’s your battle cry?
You know the words you say when the stakes are high and you’re on the verge of failure?
In medieval Europe, Christian soldiers cried out to St. Michael in prayer and song. Why St. Michael? In the Bible, this angel is assigned a special role as defender of God’s people against evil.
Of all the things you worry about, evil probably isn’t high on your agenda.
Just like the medieval soldiers were worried about warfare, you’ve got practical concerns.
Like failing health, broken relationships or how to pay the bills.
These are real concerns, and God is concerned about our day to day life.
But he’s also urging to pay attention to the spiritual battle.
Am I deepening my relationship with God, or am I too busy to spend time with him?
Am I consciously trying to make better, holier choices, or taking the easy way out?
Am I looking at the big picture as a daughter of God, or getting consumed by petty details?
Just remembering to ask yourself these questions, in the midst of your busy life, is a battle itself. So turn to St. Michael and pray that he be your defender.
This Prayer in his Honour is very popular:
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in the day of battle.
Be our protection 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 down into hell Satan and all evil spirits, who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.