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Dedication to St. Michael the Archangel

The presence of evil in our world is indubitable. With difficult events in our own individual lives, the recent tragedy in Parkland, FL and the unrest on the global front, we do not need to look far to find the presence of the evil one, physically or spiritually.

The Book of Revelation provides us an antidote to the despair it is so easy to feel: St. Michael, the powerful intercessor against evil. We see St. Michael “fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven” (Revelation 12:7-9).

It was Pope Leo XIII who composed the prayer of St. Michael, after having a vision of the devil having a conversation with God in front of the Tabernacle. The prayer that Pope Leo created was so powerful that it was later approved for use during exorcism rituals. The prayer we know by heart today is a shorter version of the exorcism prayer. Pope Leo saw the need for this prayer during tempestuous times of the 19th century and though those times are long past, we see the continued need for this same prayer in our own day.

In 2016, one of our board members, at his last meeting culminating six years’ service, made the recommendation to the board that we dedicate Legatus to St. Michael the Archangel. It didn’t take long for the board, our ecclesiastical advisor, Archbishop José Gomez, and our International Chaplain, Bishop Sam Jacobs, to come up with a plan to implement this dedication in our organization.

Legatus was officially dedicated as a whole to St. Michael at our largest gathering of members — at the 2018 Orlando Summit this past January. Since then, we have distributed prayer cards and instructions to all chapters for dedicating each chapter to St. Michael. While we have so much joy and enthusiasm in our meetings, praying the prayer to St. Michael at the close of our time together reminds us that we also need the support of each other and our holy angels and saints to carry out our daily mission and great commission: to get to heaven and bring as many souls with us as possible.

With our goals of becoming an organization to be reckoned with as a support to the Church, the devil will be attacking us even more. It is important that we first work on our own interior lives to be an Alter Christus (another Christ) and be unified to Him, and then work with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Prayer to St. Michael:

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, cast into Hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

STEPHEN HENLEY is Legatus’ executive director.

Legatus & New Evangelization

Editor PATRICK NOVECOSKY writes that the culture war is a spiritual battle for souls . . .

Patrick Novecosky

Patrick Novecosky

by Patrick Novecosky

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re at war. We’re at war with radical Islam and we’re in the midst of a fierce culture war — a war of ideas over the best way to live.

What this all means, when you get right down to it, is that we are in a war for souls. The devil knows his time is shorter now than it’s ever been, so he’s hard at work trying to distract us from the reality of Christ’s victory on Calvary. Satan’s first trick is to convince people that God isn’t real. When that lie takes root, his Culture of Death spreads like wildfire.

The chair of the Democratic National Committee recently said that killing a seven-pound baby in utero is not only okay, it’s an expression of “personal liberty.” The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 18% of patient deaths in Belgium come from either lethal injection/assisted suicide or from being put into a deep coma and left to die. Nearly half of the euthanasia deaths in that country are not reported. And throughout the Western world, the fundamental building block of society — marriage and the family — is facing a full-frontal assault from secularists and the gay lobby.

It seems to me that Legatus was founded 28 years ago for a time such as this — the era of the New Evangelization. With 87 chapters and well over 5,000 leaders, Legatus is a small but powerful army of business and cultural leaders who are tasked with turning back the tide of secularism by learning, living and spreading the Catholic faith in their businesses, their families, and their communities.

The men and women of Legatus are born leaders — Type A personalities. As leaders being formed in the faith, Legates are a force for positive change in the world. By living our Catholicism courageously, we ourselves are changed to become more like Christ. The joy that comes from our prayer and deep friendship with the Lord — despite our own sufferings and the Culture of Death pressing in around us — is transformative. We are called to radiate that joy, which is infinitely attractive.

In fact, Pope Francis told young people at World Youth Day in Rio last year that joy is essential to winning the culture for Christ. “Evangelization in our time will only take place as the result of contagious joy,” he said.

We live in an illogical age where the best-reasoned theological arguments are not likely to sway people, but joyful Catholicism has a great chance of moving mountains and winning disciples to Jesus Christ. After all, the Church exists to evangelize and so do we!

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is Legatus magazine’s editor-in-chief.

Defending liberty

Legatus members nationwide step up to protect religious freedom by fighting HHS mandate . . .

Legatus members are at the forefront of a legal battle being waged against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring employers to cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization in their insurance plans.

Of the estimated 27 lawsuits that have been filed by businesses, nonprofit organizations, and institutions since the mandate was announced Aug. 1, 2011, nearly a fourth involve Legatus members as plaintiffs.

In addition to a suit filed by Legatus itself, the list includes the cases of Hercules Industries of Denver (which recently won the first court order against the mandate), Triune Health, EWTN, Priests for Life, and Ave Maria University. All are owned or led by Legates. Detroit’s Weingartz Supply Co., and its president, Legate Daniel Weingartz,  also are plaintiffs in the Legatus suit, which challenges the  constitutionality of the HHS mandate under the First Amendment’s religious liberty and free speech provisions.

First Amendment rights

Matt Bowman

Matt Bowman, legal counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing 14 plaintiffs in the Hercules case and three other suits contesting the HHS mandate, said Legatus involvement in this issue shows that the organization is doing vital work to help Christian business leaders incorporate their faith into their everyday lives.

“The government in these cases is taking the position that you cannot exercise religion in your everyday life,” said Bowman. He quotes Pope Benedict XVI, who vigorously countered such sentiments in 2008 when he asked, “Is it consistent to profess our beliefs in church on Sunday, and then during the week to promote business practices or medical procedures contrary to those beliefs? Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted. Only when their faith permeates every aspect of their lives do Christians become truly open to the transforming power of the Gospel.”

The first suit against the HHS mandate was filed last November by Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts school in North Carolina, before the Jan. 20 publication of final rules on the directive. According to the Catholic News Agency, that case was dismissed in July on technical grounds. The college is expected to  continue its fight against the mandate.

Michael Warsaw

Led by Legate Michael Warsaw, EWTN became the first Catholic organization on Feb. 9 to legally challenge the HHS mandate after publication of the rules. That same month, two other groups with  Legates at the helm, Priests for Life (Legate Janet Morana) and Ave Maria University (Legate Jim Towey), followed with similar suits.

Denver’s Hercules Industries, where Legates William and Andrew Newland are CEO and vice president, respectively, filed suit April 3 and in July was granted an order against the mandate. That ruling, however, only applies to Hercules. In opposing the order, the Obama  administration said that people of faith give up their religious liberty when engaging in business.

Legate Mary Ann Yep, co-founder with her husband, Christopher, of Chicago’s Triune Health Group, disagrees. Triune is challenging  both the HHS mandate and a similar state mandate in Illinois in a suit filed in August. Yep told the Catholic News Agency that she cannot separate her identity as a Catholic woman from her identity as a business owner, and that she aims to live by the same principles whether she is at home, at work or in church.

Crain’s Chicago Business recently named Triune Health the Best Place to Work for Women in the Chicago metro area.

Spiritual warfare

As members engage in the fight for religious freedom on various fronts, Legatus is seeking to bolster their efforts by mobilizing members in a spiritual battle for the future of the country.

On Aug. 1, the date the HHS mandate took effect, Legatus’ executive director John Hunt asked chapters to offer 1,776 Masses and pray 1,776 hours of Eucharistic adoration before the Nov. 6 election.

The effort has garnered a tremendous response from Legates. As of publication, members have committed to 2,186 Masses and 750 hours of Eucharistic adoration. Orange County Chapter member Tim Busch has arranged for 600 Masses and 250 hours of adoration. Anthony Mullen, an At-Large member, has pledged 100 Masses.

Mullen has called the prayer effort “the single most important work we can possibly do to defeat religious intolerance in America. We have a sacred duty together before God to fight with all our being, relying on the greatest power in the universe: God’s sacrifice in the  Mass and his presence in the Eucharist.”

Judy Roberts is a Legatus magazine staff writer.

Reclaiming the culture for Christ

Legates are shaped by their faith and their desire to be leaders of the Church Militant . . .

Patrick Novecosky

There’s a war going on, and you’re in the thick of it. Not figuratively. Literally. It’s a spiritual battle, a battle for souls that’s been going on since the Garden of Eden. It began long before today, of course, when Lucifer famously defied his Creator by saying, “I will not serve.”

Troubled though he is, Mel Gibson knows this war better than most. While he was promoting The Passion of the Christ in 2004, Dianne Sawyer asked Gibson about the “dark force” that didn’t want him to make the film. “What does the evil side want?” she asked. Gibson rightly answered, “It wants you.”

Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the battle for souls last month when he said that the light of Easter proclaims forever that “life is stronger than death. Good is stronger than evil. Love is stronger than hate. Truth is stronger than lies.” Christ, of course, is the answer to a world in love with the dark. “Faith, then, which reveals God’s light to us, is the true enlightenment, enabling God’s light to break into our world.”

It was that light — the light of Truth — that broke through to Tom Monaghan in the 1980s when he was reading C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. The chapter on pride, he says, hit him “like a two-by four right between the eyes.” It was his Saul-Paul moment. Ever since then, Monaghan has been one of America’s best-known culture warriors. He founded Legatus, his first apostolate, after a private Mass and audience with Blessed John Paul II on May 7, 1987. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Monaghan realized that there should be an organization to help Catholic business leaders go deeper in their faith.

Now, 25 years later, Legatus is one of the most influential lay organizations in the world. More than 2,100 Catholic CEOs and their spouses — over 4,000 total members — are changing the culture for Christ. These captains of industry, together with their spouses, are leaders in their homes, workplaces, dioceses and communities. As this magazine regularly documents, many are influential at the national and international level.

Legates’ influence, shaped by their faith and their desire to be leaders of the Church Militant, is having a significant impact on the culture. And in these days when the Church is under attack from without and within, it’s heartening to know that there are men and women who put their allegiance to Christ before all else. As the battle for souls heats up, more Legates will be called to step into the battle knowing, of course, that we have already won the victory in Christ.

Patrick Novecosky is Legatus magazine’s editor.