Before the earth was made a war raged in the heavens.
The angels, the first of God's creatures, were given the choice to glory in their Creator or to glory in themselves. Certain among them chose the latter, and, led by Lucifer, the greatest of the angels, revolted against God and cried out together “non serviam!” “I will not serve!” Amidst this Luciferian rebellion, the Archangel Michael withstood them raising the call, “Quis ut Deus?” “Who is like unto God?” St. Michael, armed with simple humility and confidence, took up God’s banner and led the counterattack against Satan and his demons. With God as his strength, St. Michael cast them into Hell and was given charge over the many hosts of Heaven.
It is this spirit that Archbishop Lefebvre wished to encourage when he selected St. Michael as the special patron and model for the Brothers of the Society of St. Pius X. By living their vows in the houses of the Society, the brothers fulfill their vocation as the “Guardian Angels” of the SSPX and are continual reminders of the humble call taken up by the great Archangel which is the antidote for all pride, “Who is like unto God?”. Every year on the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, the Society Brothers make and renew their religious vows.
This year at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, three of our Brothers renewed their vows during the Solemn High Sunday Mass. Br. Ignatius Marie renewed his vows for the duration of one year, two others, Br. Christopher and Br. George, made their first set of three-year vows. Let us pray for them and for all Society Brothers, that under the patronage of St. Michael the Archangel, they continue to faithfully live their vocation for their own sanctification and for the sanctification of the whole world.