Night of the Sentiments

Bishop Mata Guevara

I had already prepared a reflection about the “Night of the Sentiments”, having read a recent message of Father Gruner who feels himself alone in this battle to make the innermost secrets of Fatima understood; in particular, the Third Secret.

Indeed, this seems to me to be the battle of David and Goliath. But with a big difference -in this case, both David and Goliath love Our Mother and everyone looks toward obedience to the Faith.

We find ourselves in the darkness of night. Though both darkness and light occupy our hearts, our reason seems to be in a fog.

The Fatima Crusaders Summer 2011 issue 99

On Borrowed Time


We are in the final stages of what Sister Lucy told Cardinal Caffarra would be the final battle – the attack against the family. This battle begun centuries ago by the enemies of Christ is now being spearheaded by His vicar on earth. The very one who is supposed to be defending the sanctity of the Sacrament of Matrimony and preserving the family as established by Christ, has assumed the role of enemy within the Church, opening the door to the anti-Christ New World Order agenda against the family.

How did we get to this point where even the Pope seemingly no longer recognizes Catholic Truth and has lost his way?…

Who Is The Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit? He is the love of God. He is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. He is the Father‘s Love for the Son and the Son’s Love for the Father. He is the love that sent our Lord down here. He is the Love that brought Our Lord down here. He is the Love that inspired His every thought, word and action. He is the Love that took Him to Calvary to enable Him to give the last drop of His Blood for you and me – the Breathtaking Love of God for us.

Appeal To Our Bishops: Give Mary Back To Us

Appeal To Our Bishops: 

Give Mary Back To Us

by Father André Richard

Abbé Richard, who has been well known in France for many years now, is the founder of the French paper L’Homme Nouveau, published in Paris. He is presently the editor of the French magazine Pour L’Unité. He is the former vice-president, and still a member of the International Executive Committee for the Blue Army. This article was written by him on the occasion of the Bishop’s Synod on Catechetics held in Rome in 1977. In it he explains concisely why we must also teach about the Blessed Virgin Mary in a truly Catholic education so that we may properly understand Jesus. We publish here in its entirety, with titles and subtitles, his article as it appeared in the International Review Christ to the World, published with the Ecclesiastical Approval of the Vicariate of Rome. (Cum Approbatione Ecclesiastica Vicariatus)

“…Blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us…”

Gaps in Catechetical Teaching

A delegation of bishops of the whole world is working in Rome, where it has been convoked by the Pope to prepare a better proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in particular to children, and to propose the conclusions of their work to the Holy Father. Of course, the main lines and orientations of this work have been defined and, so to speak, marked out by the Pope himself, the guardian of authentic Tradition.

It is only too true, in fact, that serious gaps have been noted in the teaching of the catechism in recent times. But less attention has been given to the fact that these gaps have their cause in the deficiencies, nay more, the deviations of certain present-day theological movements which have not ceased to go beyond, if not cancel and contradict, the teaching of Vatican Council II.

Place Given to Mary by the Council

The most striking example is the following. For the first time, a Council gave a broad exposition of the Marian doctrine of the Church. It placed Mary not beside the theology of the Church, but at the very heart of this theology. And Paul VI was able to declare that he was merely drawing the conclusion of conciliar teaching, when he solemnly presented Mary as the Mother of the Church. Almost immediately, however, certain groups of catechists and theologians dropped an immense opaque curtain over this doctrine of the Council, which led in wide sectors of the Church to a real disappearance of Mary.

Under the Pretext of a Christianity 

Stripped to Essentials

This went so far that, in many catechisms, Mary was left completely in the background. Many children, even in schools run by religious men and women, do not even know the “Hail Mary”. The Council it is claimed, took up a stand against the alleged excess and deviations of the great Marian movement last century. And in any case, these new theologians declare, Mary is not essential. According to them, there should therefore emerge a Christianity stripped to essentials, focused on Jesus alone!

Focused on Jesus alone: very well. But on condition that it is on the true Jesus, the whole Jesus, not isolated from Mary and the Church, a Jesus who is not decapitated.

Place Given to Mary by the Evangelists

They wish to proclaim Jesus, and they set Mary aside. Put it was just the opposite that the evangelists did.

St. Matthew begins his gospel with a genealogy of Jesus. Now the latter leads to Mary, and to the Virgin Mary, Whose Son is begotten by the operation of the Holy Spirit. Take Mary away from the prologue of St. Matthew, it is not only Jesus the Man Who disappears, it is Jesus the Son of God, it is Emmanuel, it is God with us Who vanishes.

Take St. Luke, the precise historian who testifies that he questioned the witnesses from the beginning. What does he begin with himself? With the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Magnificat, the birth in Bethlehem, the prediction of the sword in the Mother’s heart, Mary’s long meditation during the thirty years of Nazareth.

Take St. John. He does not repeat the first facts already known, reported by Matthew and Luke. But the climax of his own prologue is the following: “The Word was made flesh”. This presupposes the essential features of the account of Matthew and Luke. And immediately, going on to the public life, John shows us Mary at the Cana wedding, and he announces already this “hour” among all hours in which Mary will share Christ’s Passion and will be given as Mother to mankind. Moreover in the Apocalypse, it is Mary that he shows present at the great battle which will take place until the final triumph, until the Holy City, the Bride of God, descends again from Heaven.

Mary’s Cooperation in the Plan 

of Redemption

Actually, the insertion of God in creation is carried out by Mary under the motion of the Holy Spirit. In God’s plan, this insertion involved not only the physical reality of Mary’s motherhood, but free acceptance on Her part on behalf of the whole of mankind. This is essentially part of God’s Plan, requiring the cooperation of the creature in his own salvation. God willed in this way that the Mediator between Him and men should be accepted on both sides. The cooperation of Mary belongs to the structure of historical Redemption, as it belongs to the structure of the Church.

Furthermore, God’s Plan is so marked by the sign of unity that God Himself cannot be correctly conceived by us if isolated from the humanity assumed by the Word of God. In a certain sense, it is not even possible to say God alone, for God cannot be conceived in all His truth if isolated from the Word Incarnate, if isolated from Jesus.

Likewise, Jesus cannot be correctly conceived if isolated from His Mystical Body, His members, in the front ranks of which there is Mary. To tear Mary and the Church from Jesus is to destroy Jesus. It is to tear from the Head the members with which the Head forms one body. It is to decapitate Jesus.

To Forget the Mother Is to Run the Risk 

of Forgetting the Father

Have we not seen, moreover, the lamentable result of this absurd behavior! Jesus’s last words on the cross were to give officially a Mother to the Church, His own Mother, Mary. Too many scribes today are set on withdrawing the Mother from the family of God. It is not surprising that the children no longer know even the name of their Father. For it is an irreplaceable role of the mother to teach the children to say: Abba, Father. It is not surprising that the children think of nothing but fighting and that the human family is tearing itself to pieces before our eyes.

Bishops, our bishops, our Fathers in the Faith, gathered in Rome to restore the proclamation of Jesus Christ, the proclamation of the Gospel of unity, peace and tenderness, give back our Mother to us without more delay, give back Mary to us.

Crusader Issue 5

Something We Didn’t Tell

Something We Didn’t Tell

Admitting, then, that the events of Fatima have been treated shamefully in some quarters, it can still be said with safety that there is something more to the reasons why an ungrateful world has failed to comply. To me, the answer is one vastly serious omission — the failure of Fatima enthusiasts to stress the alternative to acceptance of the great message, an alternative that is so horrible to contemplate that it is just possible the proper study of it could tip the scales in favor of public response. In all truth, some writers have touched upon it but the real terror, that would grip an American city on the appointed day of revolution, has been ignored; but, make no mistake about it, it is this phase of Red plans which comprises the dreaded alternative to acceptance of Fatima. If our Catholic people can be brought to see what is in store for us, according to Communist drawn strategy, it is this writer’s belief, that they would eagerly grasp at the chance to obey Our Lady’s request, for refusal to accept the Virgin’s plan is to invite chaos.

Former Communists, who have abandoned the party, seem to be of one mind in endeavoring to remind us that their training, while agents of Moscow, was principally directed toward correct planning for the day of revolution. It is important that we understand now that this looked-for day is not to be regarded as a myth. It is one of the most essential steps in the Communist grab for power. To enable the reader to understand this, I quote from the account of Kenneth Goff, who left the ranks of the Reds in the 1940’s:

“At that hour, two large riots are supposed to take place in every city of any size. Leaders of these mobs are to be carefully chosen and trained in advance. The disturbances are to be of such extent as to require sending large forces of police to those areas. While the authorities are trying to quell these riots, picked bands of Reds are to seize the radio stations and telephone exchanges. With the aid of their comrades who are employed inside, all communication systems are to be instantly crippled.

“Flying squads of Communists are to seize control of the water supply and shut it off; also the electrical power and gas. This means that no elevators or street cars are to be running. Homes would be without water, fuel or light. It would be impossible to communicate with friends or loved ones, even in another part of the city.

“Goon squads of professional murderers are to round up the people in business districts. Men are to be held as hostages in some of the larger buildings…

“These are exactly the methods used in Russia, Spain and other places where the Communist Party has been allowed to organize and come to fruition. They firmly expect to do the same thing in the United States.

“Bridges, subways and street car stations are to be blown up. Downtown areas are to be isolated from the rest of the city. Sharpshooters and snipers are to be detailed in taxicabs and vehicles, which are to be taken over, to wipe out the police, soldiers, uniformed persons and known vigilantes. Smoke bombs properly located in subways, buildings and large stores, are to add to the terror of the people.

Fatima Center

Has The Crusade of Fatima Failed? Part 1

Has The Crusade of Fatima Failed?

by Edward A. Newnam

“A vastly serious omission: The failure of Fatima enthusiasts to stress the horrible alternative to acceptance of the great message.”

Despite the torrent of literature that has poured from the presses on the great miracle of the sun and the events which preceded and followed it, the Catholic world has shown an amazing indifference to the plea of the Mother of God for prayer and penance. Indeed, if a survey were conducted to measure the percentage of response it is safe to assume that the number who could testify to having even given the subject serious thought would be sad to contemplate …

The excessive curiosity of many who seemed to await with eagerness the news of the revelations contained in the missive deposited with the Bishop of Leiria-Fatima by Lucy, and which was not opened until the year 1960, seemed to prove a hindrance to the proper application of the Fatima program, for in their frantic effort to grab at the least inkling of the contents of the secret letter, many of these misguided souls took no notice of the real warning sounded by Our Lady and already revealed by the hierarchy.

Our Lady of Fatima said Russia (atheistic Communism) would raise up wars and persecutions against the Catholic Church. We see an example of this in the cruel torture and long imprisonment of the heroic confessor of the Faith, Cardinal Mindszenty.

In 1956 the Freedom Fighters of Hungary succeeded in throwing off the yoke of Communist oppression for a brief time. Above is a picture of Cardinal Mindszenty surrounded by the Freedom Fighters who released him.

Jesus, Our Eucharist Love

Third, to find the riches of the Eucharist, one should exercise the will. One must do this by bringing the divine lessons of the Eucharist into his life. What good would it be to discover the infinite worth of the Eucharist as we ponder It and seek to love It at Communion time, if we do not then proceed to live It?

The Eucharist teaches a love that goes beyond telling. It teaches total self-sacrifice, and an unequaled lesson in humility and self-effacement It teaches patience and unrestricted dedication. But what do we draw from all this? We surely ought to achieve something! Can we continue to be indifferent and do nothing when Jesus has loved us and still loves us with this great generosity “even to the end”? (John 13:1)

If we feel frail, we need to turn to Him, to speak to Him and not tarry about asking His help and support, for He is the very One Who said, “Without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) First of all let us go before Him: “Come to Me … and I will refresh you.” (Matt.11:28) Let us often visit Him, entering a Church every time we can and pausing a little while before the tabernacle, and put both our heart close to Him and our body before His! The Saints were constantly eager to make visits to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to make Holy Hours of adoration, spiritual communions, ejaculatory prayers and earnest acts of love that come from the heart. How much profit they gained from this and how much good they passed on!

One day in Turin a friend, who was his companion from the University, asked Peter George Frassati, “Let us go and take an appetizer.” Peter George took advantage of the occasion and replied, indicating to his friend the nearby Church of St. Dominic, “But, of course, let us go and take it in that cafe.” Entering the church, they prayed for a little while near the tabernacle; then they neared the offering box, Peter George said, “Here is the appetizer.” And from the pockets of the two youths came alms for the poor!

Thinking of the Eucharist during his sermon, St. John Chrysostom asked one time, “How can we make of our bodies a host?” And he himself replied, “Let your eyes look at nothing evil, and you have offered a sacrifice; let not your tongue offer unbecoming words and you have made an offering; let not your hand commit a sin and you have offered a holocaust.”

Just recall the eyes of St. Colette, which were always lowered and recollected in sweet modesty. Why? She once gave the answer: “My eyes, I have filled with Jesus upon Whom I have fixed them at the Elevation of the Host at Holy Mass and I do not wish to replace Him with any other image.”

Let us think of the reserve and edification of the Saints in speaking, using with exactness the tongue which had been consecrated by contact with the Body of Christ Jesus.

Recall the good works which souls, filled with love by the Eucharist, have accomplished because Jesus communicated to them His own sentiments of love to all the brothers, especially the most needful.

Can we not also exercise thus our will? Let us learn from the Saints and begin to continue their good works.

Jesus “has loved me and has sacrificed Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

Fatima Crusader No.4

Mother Of Divine Grace Pray For Us

Mother Of Divine Grace

— Pray For Us

We must be devoted to Our Lady. Through Her we receive all graces. God Himself gave Mary the power to dispense graces to all those who ask Her for them. A great saint and Doctor of the Church, St. Alphonsus de Liguori, teaches us in his book, The Glories of Mary:

“To understand why the Holy Church makes us call Mary our life, we must know, that as the soul gives life to the body, so does Divine grace give life to the soul; for a soul without grace has the name of being alive, but is in truth dead, as it was said in the Apocalypse, ‘Thou hast the name of being alive and thou art dead.’ Mary, in obtaining this grace for sinners by Her intercession, restores them to life. The Church makes Her speak, applying to Her the following words of Proverbs: ‘They that in the morning early watch for Me shall find Me.’ They who are diligent in having recourse to Me in the morning, that is, as soon as they can, will most certainly find Me. In the Septuagint the words ‘shall find Me’ are rendered ‘shall find grace’. So that to have recourse to Mary is the same thing as to find the grace of God. A little further on She says, ‘He that shall find Me shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.’ St. Bonaventure explains, ‘Listen, all you who desire the kingdom of God; honor the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and you will find life and eternal salvation.’

“St. Bernardine of Sienna says, that if God did not destroy man after his first sin, it was on account of His singular love for this holy Virgin, who was destined to be born of this race. And the Saint adds, ‘that he has no doubt but that all the mercies granted by God under the old dispensation were granted only in consideration of this Most Blessed Lady.’ Hence St. Bernard was right in exhorting us ‘to seek grace, and to seek it by Mary’ meaning, that if we have had the misfortune to lose the grace of God, we should seek to recover it, but we should do so by Mary; for though we may have lost it, She has found it; and hence the Saint calls Her ‘the finder of grace’.”

Fatima Crusader

The Children of Fatima Part 2

Some might wonder why God chose little children to receive the message of Our Lady at Fatima. In the Gospel, Jesus gives the reason: “I praise Thee, Father, Lord of I-leaven and earth, that Thou did hide these things from the wise and prudent and did reveal them to the little ones. Yes, Father, for such was Thy good pleasure.” (Matt. XI, 25 – 26).

When Lucia was seven years old, her mother decided that Lucia would look after the small flock of sheep belonging to the family. The rest of the family objected, thinking Lucia was too young. However, the mother, Maria Rosa, knew Lucia was more mature and responsible than the average child her age, and so it was decided — Lucia would tend the sheep. Lucia was delighted. It made her feel so grown up, to think of being a shepherdess. The news spread rapidly among the other young shepherds of the village, and almost all of them came and offered to be her companions. She accepted all of them and arranged with each one to meet on the slopes of the serra.

“Next day,” Lucia recalls, “the serra was a solid mass of sheep with their shepherds, as though a cloud had descended upon it. But I felt ill at ease in the midst of such a hubbub. I therefore chose three companions from among the shepherds, and without saying a word to anyone, we arranged to pasture our sheep on the opposite slopes. These were the three I chose: Teresa Matias, her sister Maria Rosa and Maria Justino.”

The following day the four shepherdesses were saying the Rosary after lunch among some rocks along the ridge at Cabeco. Lucia relates what happened as they were praying: “We had hardly begun when, there before our eyes, we saw a figure poised in the air above the trees; it looked like a statue made of snow, rendered almost transparent by the rays of the sun.” As they finished their prayers, the figure disappeared. “As was usual with me, I resolved to say nothing,” recalls Lucia, “but my companions told their families what had happened the very moment they reached home.” The news soon spread throughout the village, and Lucia’s mother questioned her about the apparition. Lucia told her mother she didn’t know what it was she had seen, but she described it the best she could. One of the girls, trying to describe it said, “It looked like someone wrapped up in a sheet.” Lucia’s mother dismissed the whole matter as childish nonsense. Some people of the village started making fun of Lucia and her companions. Even Lucia’s own family began to make fun of her. Her older sisters scornfully asked her if she “had seen someone wrapped up in a sheet.” Lucia felt this suffering keenly, as she had been used to being caressed and cuddled, the favorite child of the family.

Jacinta and Francisco Join Lucia 

in the Fields

When Lucia went to be a shepherdess, her two cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto were heartbroken because now they had no one to play with them and tell them stories. They begged their mother to let them go along with their family’s sheep, but their mother said no — at four and six years old they were too young.

Every day when Lucia brought the sheep home at night, Jacinta and Francisco would be waiting for her. Francisco had something of the detachment and serenity of the saints, and he did not really get concerned about things as his little sister Jacinta did. He followed quietly while Jacinta would run to meet Lucia and tell her all the news of the day. While Lucia and Jacinta put the sheep in their enclosure for the night, Francisco would sit on a stone in front of the house of Lucia’s family, and play a tune on his little wooden flute. Then the children would go to the threshing floor near the well and watch the stars come out. Jacinta loved to watch the evening sky, and she called the stars “the Angels’ lamps” and the moon “Our Lady’s lamp”. Francisco, on the other hand, was more enthusiastic about the rising and setting of the sun. He called the sun “the lamp of Our Lord”. “No lamp is as beautiful as Our Lord’s,” he would insist. Any manifestation of the power of the sun delighted him. Francisco, a little boy of an illiterate peasant family, saw in the sun, like Saint Athanasius and Saint Patrick centuries before, a symbol of Christ redeeming the human race.

Jacinta wanted to be a shepherdess like Lucia, but Francisco was unconcerned about being a shepherd. However, one time he strongly spoke in favor of this wish of his little sister, and his mother told him to hold his peace. “It doesn’t matter, mother,” he said quietly. “It was Jacinta who wanted to go.”

Jacinta’s dearest ambition was to make her First Communion. Jacinta asked Lucia many questions about Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Lucia explained how it is that Jesus is hidden in the Eucharist: “But don’t you know that the little Jesus of the Host Whom we never see is hidden, and that we receive Him in Communion?”

Jacinta asked, “And when you receive Communion, do you talk with Him?”

Lucia replied, “I talk.”

“And why don’t you see Him?”

“Because He is hidden.”

“I’m going to ask my mother to let me go to Communion too!”

“The parish priest won’t let you till you are ten.”

“But you aren’t ten, and you go to Communion.”

“Because I knew all the doctrine, and you don’t know it.”

Thus Lucia became the teacher of a very apt pupil, who was not content to learn by rote, but wanted to know the reason for everything.

One day Jacinta persuaded her mother that she knew enough Catechism to be examined by the parish priest, and Senhora Olimpia finally took her to see Father Pena who asked Jacinta questions on Catechism. But at the end, he said he feared the child was too young and besides, she did not know enough doctrine. Jacinta was grieved at not being able to make her First Communion yet, but she soon accepted the disappointment and did not brood about it.

One day in 1916 when Lucia was 9, and Francisco and Jacinta 8 and 6, the two Marto children obtained permission from their mother to start taking care of their own flock of sheep. Francisco and Jacinta pastured their flock together with Lucia, away from the other children. While the sheep grazed, the children had time to play — picking flowers, chasing butterflies, singing and playing games, and Francisco would play his flute. In the afternoon they would kneel and say the Rosary, as Lucia’s mother had instructed Lucia to do. Sometimes, however, the children shortened the prayers in order to have more time for their games.

The Angel of Peace

One day in 1916 about mid-morning a fine drizzle began to fall, and the children took shelter in a little cave at the Cabeco. They were saying their Rosary in the cave, when suddenly the rain stopped and the sun began to shine again in a clear sky. Suddenly a strong wind began to blow across the tops of the pines, and the children saw a light moving over the tops of the trees. The light seemed whiter than snow, and it approached the cave where the children had taken shelter. As it drew near, the children were able to distinguish that the light was in the form of a young man about 14 or 15 years of age, “More brilliant than crystal, penetrated by the rays of the sun,” as Lucia describes him. They saw that he had human features, and was indescribably beautiful. Speechless, they stood regarding him.

“Don’t be afraid,” he said. “I am the Angel of Peace.1 Pray with me.” Kneeling on the ground, he bowed down until his forehead touched the ground, saying:

“My God, I believe, I adore, I trust and I love Thee! I beg pardon of Thee for all those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee!” Three times he spoke the same words, and the children repeated the words after him, as he asked them to. Then, rising, he said, “Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.”

The children remained kneeling for a long time, and speaking of the supernatural state that enveloped them during the apparition, Lucia recalls: “It was so intense that we were almost unaware of our own existence for a long space of time.” “His words engraved themselves so deeply on our minds that we could never forget them,” Lucia wrote in her memoirs. “From then on, we used to spend long periods of time, prostrate like the Angel, repeating his words, until sometimes we fell, exhausted.”

Lucia warned the other children to say nothing of what they had seen and heard, and they kept it a secret. Lucia expressed how the apparition of the Angel seemed to have something about it that made all three children inclined to keep it a secret: “There was something intensely intimate about it. It was just something you couldn’t talk about.”

The Angel Appears Again

A few weeks later the Angel appeared a second time to the three children. It was one of the hottest days of the summer, so they had taken the sheep home at noon. The children were playing on the stone slabs of the well at the far end of the garden belonging to Lucia’s parents. Suddenly they looked up and saw the angel beside them.

“What are you doing?” he asked. “Pray, pray very much! The most holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High.”

“How are we to make sacrifices?” asked Lucia.

“Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. You will thus draw down peace upon your country. I am its Angel Guardian, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission the suffering which the Lord will send you.”

Later that summer, the Angel appeared to them a third time. They were saying the prayer that the Angel had taught them, kneeling with their foreheads touching the ground, in a hollow among the rocks on the hillside while pasturing their sheep. After they had repeated the prayer a number of times, they perceived an extraordinary light shining on them. They sprang up to see what was happening, and beheld the Angel. Lucia relates: “He was holding a chalice in his left hand, with the Host suspended above it, from which some drops of Blood fell into the chalice. Leaving the chalice suspended in the air, the Angel knelt down beside us and made us repeat three times:

“‘Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And, through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.’

“Then, rising he took the chalice and the Host in his hands. He gave the Sacred Host to Lucia, and gave the Precious Blood from the chalice to Jacinta and Francisco, saying as he did so:

“‘Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men! Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.’

“Once again, he prostrated himself on the ground and repeated with them, three times more, the same prayer, ‘Most Holy Trinity …’, and then disappeared.” The children remained a long time prostrate upon the ground, repeating the prayer over and over again. When at last they stood up, they noticed it was already dark, and therefore time to return home.


1. In the history of our Catholic faith, there are many instances of God sending His angels to carry His messages to men. For example, the Scriptures tell us of the Archangel Raphael who guided young Tobias, of the Archangel Gabriel who told the prophet Daniel the time of the Incarnation, and who announced to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she was to be the Mother of God. It is to the Archangel Michael, however, that the Catholic liturgy has applied the name of Angel of Peace.

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