O.K. Listen up, oh ye troops in this ecclesia militans, in this Church Militant: In your charity, I’m asking you, please, to right here, right now, offer a Memorare and a prayer to Saint Michael for both Father MacRae and for Pornchai. Sometimes, the mercy of the Lord takes us right through the very fires of hell on Calvary as He draws all to Himself as He Himself is lifted up on the Cross.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio;
contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.
Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur:
tuque, Princeps militiae Caelestis,
satanam aliosque spiritus malignos,
qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute in infernum detrude.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray:
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
And if I say that all war is hell, and that we are at war with Satan, I must also say that Jesus’ love for us shines most brightly in our perception when the hell is at it’s absolute worst, for then we see Jesus get to work as at no other time on our souls, forging us into His soldiers to do battle with Him, a battle of truth and goodness and kindness, which is always confronted and rejected by this world, no matter what our circumstances happen to be. But this is exactly how Jesus gets us right to heaven. Our job is only to be in humble thanksgiving for what we learn in the midst of hell, for what we learn when we see Jesus, with ineffable majesty, reach through the hell to grab us. Please, continue to pray daily, particularly for Pornchai.