Monday, May 23, 2016

Providentially Speaking 1...Saint Michael the Confessor

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

So what does one blog 
on the day after Trinity Sunday?

Well let's see...yesterday when we
were blessed to be able to host
six SOLT sisters to dinner

the mysterious subject of
Divine Providence 

came up time
and again.  

Seeking an image to inspire readers
of this blog I set out 40 minutes ago...

OK I could search for Light, Life and Love

with a saint name...but I know I have been
there so often that I am running out of names...

So I GOOGLED: List of Saints

and found one
on Catholic Online

I started at the very beginning because...

its a very good place to start
The I impatiently jumped to
for a question
came to mind:

Is there another St. Michael? 

Then I saw 
St. Michael the Confessor

Then I saw his feast day...

Thank you God! 

So who is St. Michael the Confessor?

In an eleventh-century Byzantine book of saints known as the Menology of Basil, Michael is described as a "pious and God-fearing" monk. He was educated by the patriarch of Constantinople, Saint Tarasius, who at his accession to the episcopate had brought the Byzantine Church back to communion with the See of Rome after a six-decade schism. Tarasius sent Michael as the courier of a synodal letter to Pope Saint Leo III. In 787 Michael was consecrated bishop of Synnada (Turkey). Michael's defense of the veneration of religious images, in opposition to the Iconoclast heresy that condemned this traditional Christian practice, led to his suffering exile under the Iconoclast Byzantine emperor Leo V ("the Armenian"). Michael told the emperor, "I venerate the immaculate and divine image of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, and of his most holy Mother." Michael spent the remainder of his life in exile at Eudokiadu (Turkey), dying there in 826.

SOURCE: Catholic Online

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So maybe I need this St. Michael
as another patron of my work

St. Michael the Confessor

St. Michael, you courageously witnessed to the love
of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother
Mary that flowed from a heart of service to the 
Truth and you endured persecution and exile
so that unity was restored in the Church.
Grant we beseech you to please
bless this work of Covenant
Light, Life and Love
so that the
take up
as her own
this banner,
the Fullness
of Truth
to the Blessed
Sacrament of the Altar
The Holy Eucharist which is
the source of all Light, Life and Love.


Sincerely yours in Jesus through Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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