Saint Matthew and Saint Michael

Feast of St Matthew, Apostle

Today, September 21, is the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle. A few years ago Pope Benedict offered a reflection on St. Matthew which I read this afternoon and wanted to share with you. A lot of articles on the web quote from it, but they often don’t give the reference, beyond saying it’s from 2006 by Pope Benedict. That didn’t give me much to go on, but it was enough as it turns out. So if you like, take a few minutes to read and reflect on Pope Benedict XVI’s General Audience from August 30, 2006

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Standing shoulder to shoulder with saints and angels

A thought occurred to me this morning during Mass while kneeling after Holy Communion. We’re facing a time of intense (and intensifying!) spiritual combat these days. It’s a sobering thought and a bit chilling too. But think about it: When we stand up for the teachings of Christ and His Church, we stand, not alone, but shoulder to shoulder with all the Church; with all the Saints who have gone before us; and with all the Angels who do the will of God, battling the powers, principalities and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Continue reading “Standing shoulder to shoulder with saints and angels”