Protection from Evil – Can a Necklace Really do That?
I went to a conference called Angels & Demons last year and my take away is that a life of prayer keeps you in line with the Angels, God’s Messengers, and keeps the devil and his minions, the fallen angels, at bay. According to the experts there, exorcisms, or the requests for them, are on the rise. People dabble too much in the darkness and then get the crap scared out of them when the devil comes in to roost. But most exorcisms aren’t really needed once people allow God into their lives, and begin to pray, aka, spend time talking with God. It is a step-wise process, of course, but a life with God, the Holy Trinity, and His Angels and Saints, leads us to a peaceful, holy existence.
Prayer – Let’s begin with the fact that I am a work in progress myself, but I can hear the good messages of others and work to apply them. And so can you. Prayer isn’t just the Our Father and Hail Mary. While they are the best prayers for most and a great starting place, prayer is so much more. Prayer is about a relationship and communication with God. What is your relationship with God and how do you communicate with Him? There are tons of historical and recent books on the Catholic prayer life. Get one or two and begin to apply them to your life. You’ll be so glad you did!
Prayer is THE protection from evil. Why then a necklace for protection from evil? Well, we use a Rosary to help us to pray and meditate on the Mysteries of Jesus Christ. We can use a necklace as well, as a sacramental. Holy medals are sacramentals, and three on a chain is also a sacramental. What’s so special about this particular necklace then?
It’s the combination of the medals. St. Michael the Archangel with a Guardian Angel on the reverse, a Miraculous Medal and a Benedictine Crucifix. You would not believe the searching that people do on these three or four terms. People are looking for these medals all the time, and some really like the combination of them.
St. Michael the Archangel defend us this day in battle, be our safe guard 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, cast into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the whole world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
St. Michael the Archangel, our Guardian Angel, and all the angels are constantly watching out for us. Do we turn to them in our need? God allows them to help us. Ask the Angels to intercede for you, just as you might ask a friend for help. Let your Guardian Angel be your best friend!
“The Miraculous Medal was created in response to a request from the Blessed Virgin Mary, who entrusted us with our mission. It was given by the Blessed Virgin Mary herself! No wonder, then, that it gives such extraordinary graces to those who wear it and pray for Mary’s intercession and help. Our Lady manifested the Medal to St. Catherine Labouré on November 27, 1830, in the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, in Paris”. Mary spoke to St. Catherine Laboure: “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.” This is the Miraculous Medal, requested by our Blessed Mother. In Genesis 3:15, God says, “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” (Douay-Rheims) While this passage is in the context of Eve, it is really talking about Jesus and His Mother. Because of this, the devil fears Mary almost more so than God! She is a little human woman who has found favor with God!
Lastly there is a Crucifix with a St. Benedict medal. Jesus on the Cross is enough, for any protection from evil. He is our God. He gives us the Graces we need to get through this life and hopefully get to eternity with Him.
Some people are believers in the protection from evil of the Benedictine medal. It does have letters representing a prayer of exorcism on it. “Around the margin of the back of the medal, the letters V R S N S M V – S M Q L I V B are the initial letters… of a Latin prayer of exorcism against Satan: Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas! (Begone Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!)”
And so, this collection of medals can be considered as protection from evil. Individually they are, and collectively they really are! But… always remember: “Certain sacramentals are considered to offer spiritual protection. They are not magical charms, nor do they have power themselves (though God’s power can act through them), but they do help to turn our hearts toward God and remind us that He is our refuge and our hope. Without His help, we are powerless against sin, the snares of the devil, and the lures of the world.” ~~TAN books