Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”
cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16
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Faith and Reason
QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:
Some Church customs like the use of medals, relics, and scapulars seem superstitious.
These objects – known as sacramentals – can help us to be more open to receiving God’s grace, especially through the sacraments. In the Bible, we find many examples of God using sacred objects to grant blessings.
And God did extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were carried away from his body to the sick, and diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.”
God often builds up the “supernatural” through the use of the “natural.” Even so, people sometimes use sacramentals in superstitious ways. This is wrong and can be avoided by learning the story behind a particular sacramental and using it properly.
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Let us pray.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.