St. Ignatius Loyola, a courageous warrior before an injury turned his mind to God and a craving for holiness, often said that life on earth was best understood as taking part in a great battle.  At one side of the vast field of combat stands arrayed the Army of Light, the Warriors of the Spotless Lamb.  At the other end of the field is arrayed the Army of Darkness.  Between the two assemblies, the field is deserted, for all of us, whether we know it or not, are either aligned with the Army of Light, or with the Army of Darkness.
My friends, when we take our stand with the Warriors of Jesus, the Lamb of God, we stand, also, with Mary, the Mother of God, all of the Angels and Saints, and every soul who seeks to love God and to walk in the Light.  Above us to give us courage we see the great Angel of St. Matthew, the fierce Winged Lion of St. Mark, the powerful Winged Ox of St. Luke, and the soaring Eagle of St. John.
Today, my friends, as we go forth to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, to fight for what is right, and to fight against what is wrong, let us ask that St. Mark and his Winged Lion watch over us and keep us safe!  Let the roar of this mighty lion, the roar that resounded through the desert abode of St. John the Baptist, give us strength in our daily struggles.  St. Peter has warned us that the powers of Darkness roam the earth, seeking to devour souls: let us entrust our souls to God, through St. Mark and the other Holy Evangelists, that we might resist temptation and persist in virtue.
Glorious St. Mark, Fearless Preacher of the Good News, pray for us!
All you Holy Evangelists, pray for us!
All of God’s Angels and Saints, pray for us!

St. Ignatius Loyola, a courageous warrior before an injury turned his mind to God and a craving for holiness, often said that life on earth was best understood as taking part in a great battle.  At one side of the vast field of combat stands arrayed the Army of Light, the Warriors of the Spotless Lamb.  At the other end of the field is arrayed the Army of Darkness.  Between the two assemblies, the field is deserted, for all of us, whether we know it or not, are either aligned with the Army of Light, or with the Army of Darkness.

My friends, when we take our stand with the Warriors of Jesus, the Lamb of God, we stand, also, with Mary, the Mother of God, all of the Angels and Saints, and every soul who seeks to love God and to walk in the Light.  Above us to give us courage we see the great Angel of St. Matthew, the fierce Winged Lion of St. Mark, the powerful Winged Ox of St. Luke, and the soaring Eagle of St. John.

Today, my friends, as we go forth to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, to fight for what is right, and to fight against what is wrong, let us ask that St. Mark and his Winged Lion watch over us and keep us safe!  Let the roar of this mighty lion, the roar that resounded through the desert abode of St. John the Baptist, give us strength in our daily struggles.  St. Peter has warned us that the powers of Darkness roam the earth, seeking to devour souls: let us entrust our souls to God, through St. Mark and the other Holy Evangelists, that we might resist temptation and persist in virtue.

Glorious St. Mark, Fearless Preacher of the Good News, pray for us!

All you Holy Evangelists, pray for us!

All of God’s Angels and Saints, pray for us!