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By Fr. Dwight Longenecker, National Catholic Register, 9/29/19

This is my favorite time of the Church year. Not only is the beginning of autumn the most beautiful season, but I love these 10 days in the Church calendar: St. Michael, St. Jerome, St. Thérèse, St. Francis, St. Faustina, Our Lady of the Rosary.

Wow. That our parish is Our Lady of the Rosary tops it off.

But St. Michael kicks it off.

One of the reasons I love the feast of St. Michael and All Angels: because just by the existence of this feast in the Church calendar we knock a couple of deadly modernist heresies on the head.

I’m thinking of that three-headed hound from hell named Cerberus — and his three heads are Materialism, Scientism and Symbolist Reductionism.

Let me explain.

The angels are God’s invisible messengers. They speed to do his will and are real, but usually not visible to us. By affirming their existence we also affirm the reality of the whole invisible realm, and by doing this we acknowledge the reality of the interchange between this physical world and the spiritual realm. We also affirm that this is really what religion is all about. ….