In today’s Gospel, Matthew 18:1-10, Our Lord warns of scandals, and holds up the innocence of a child as the yardstick for entry into Heaven. Christ also warns of dire eternal consequences for those who scandalize children: “See that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say to you, that their Angels in Heaven always see the face of My Father Who is in Heaven.”
Given the horrendous scandals afflicting the Church today, let us pray, fervently, to St Michael, the warrior saint, on this, his Feast day, for all the graces necessary for each one of us to keep faith at this time; and for great graces, too, for the Pope and other members of the hierarchy and clergy, that we see an end to the evil raging within the souls of those responsible for causing and/or covering up the abuse of children and vulnerable adults in recent years.
Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle;
Be our safeguard 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,
Cast down into Hell, Satan, and all wicked spirits,
Who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.