A reading from the Book of the Prophet Daniel
In those days, I Daniel,
heard this word of the Lord:
At that time there shall arise
Michael, the great prince,
guardian of your people;
it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress
since nations began until that time.
It’s always nice to return to St. Gabriel Parish, but my recent return was especially so. I had been in Paris last Friday, and had experienced close-up the fear and anxiety caused by the cowards who took the side of Satan in this world to visit evil on us. As I was in Paris, I was aware that at the very center of the City, in fact facing toward the scenes of evil violence, is a statue of Saint Michael the Archangel, the very one who protects God’s people–us– from the adversary as the evil seeks to visit fear and anxiety on the world.
[I’ve included a picture I had taken of the statue the day before the violence]
I’ve quoted the reading from last Sunday which we all heard at Mass. Now, as always, is a very good time for prayer, and the prayer to St. Michael is particularly appropriate.
Thank you for your love and prayers, and your expressions of concern for my safety. Know that I pray for you regularly, and offer the prayer of St. Michael for you in my daily rosary.
Love and Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan
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, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.