My morning prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, please pray with me that everyone in God’s Army will receive and nurture all the graces He has for us today, that we will each use them fully to know, love and serve Him in the center of His will, building His kingdom here on Earth and becoming more able to enjoy Him forever in Heaven. Amen.

I know it’s a Catholic thing to pray with saints and angels. The main reason I do it when I’m praying alone is:

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matt 18:20)

However, if you’re not comfortable with the beginning, you can substitute “Dear Jesus, please grant” or something similar.

I picked St. Michael the Archangel for this prayer because the Bible tells us we are all doing battle with spiritual evil (Eph 6:12, 1 John 5:19, Ephesians 6:12) and that Michael is the big kahuna of angelic wariors (Dan 10; Rev 12).

The “receive and nurture” part came about after it occurred to me that God is pouring His graces on all of us all of the time

“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matt 5:45)

and that my biggest challenge is getting my own ego out of the way so I can receive and use them to do His will.

The “know, love and serve … be happy forever” bit came from a part of the old Baltimore Catechism that my mom taught me when I was a little girl. (The new Baltimore Catechism is worded slightly differently.)

Q. What is the purpose of man?
A. Man’s purpose is to know, love and serve God in this world so as to be happy with Him in the next.

“Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth; where the rust and moth consume and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven; where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” (Matthew 6:19-20)


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