God’s redemptive plan for human beings
St John Paul II wrote: “The angels participate in the life of the Holy Trinity by means of the light they obtain and at particular moments decided by the Divine Providence they are invited to participate in God’s salvific plan for human beings. The good angels’ task is the protection of human beings and concern for their salvation. Their particular mission is to proclaim God’s plans from far and near and to serve the fulfilment of the Divine will.” God needs angels. They have not been created by chance, but have a particular role to play with regard to God and to us. The holy angels are in heaven where they are close to God, but also want to help people enjoy the same happiness.
St Padre Pio taught his spiritual children to call on their guardian angels at least five times a day. St Michael wants the very same. It is as if he is telling people; “Call on me, as he who asks, receives, not only twice a day. Call on me more often, not only when you are in trouble. Call on me unceasingly and I will come to help you and others.”
We call on St Michael in an official manner during Holy Mass or other devotions or reciting the prayer of Pope Leo XIII. We can also call on him spontaneously: “St Michael, save me!”; “St Michael, help and enlighten me, give me strength in the fight against temptation”; “Lead me on the right path”. He is ready to serve us, but is a gentleman and will do nothing by force. He invites us to befriend him. He invites us to a bond which will not enslave us but which leads us to the freedom of children of God.
I assure you of the constant daily prayers of the priests of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel for all our readers and their families.
God bless you.
Fr Peter Prusakiewicz CSMA