Saturday, January 22, 2022

Charism of Members

THE KNIGHTS OF ST. MICHAEL

(Pilgrimage of the Two Hearts through Mary’s Ark of Salvation)

The Knights of St. Michael is a spiritual movement composed of men and women who dedicate their lives to works of charity and mercy in the pursuit of holiness as a way of life (“You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy” – Lev 19,2). Firmly anchored on the pillars of the Eucharist, the maternal guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary and patronage of St. Michael the Archangel, members strive for holiness so they can model their lives in Christian perfection founded on the Beatitudes.

This spiritual movement promotes the attainment of holiness through a life of virtues based on the salutations of the nine choirs of angels found in the Chaplet of St. Michael. The Knights of St. Michael is open to anyone who desires to live a deeper spiritual life, is loyal and faithful to the Teachings of the Catholic Faith and actively supports our Church leaders in union with the Holy Father in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

HISTORY

“For who is like God?” – St. Michael the Archangel

The spiritual movement comprises of many faithful members of the Catholic community associated with the St. Michael Center for the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Catholic lay apostolate based in Honolulu Hawaii, along with other representative chapters throughout the country. The apostolate since 1994 has actively promoted the Catholic Faith through various evangelization efforts including broadcasting, direct mail, publishing, prayer and parish events, conferences and teaching seminars. The faithful and active members since 1994 of the St. Michael Center formed the initial core group of the Knights of St. Michael.

All are Invited

Members must have the basic understanding of the Catholic faith and their fervent practice of it forms a spirituality that is deeply rooted in a life of holiness which is the greatest of all virtues. Holiness is the source of all good works and leads to higher forms of contemplation for a deeper understanding of God’s Will for each of us.

Requirements:

To live a holy life and to receive spiritual formation are core requirements of those who are called to the spiritual army of St. Michael. All Catholics are invited and encouraged to become a member of this spiritual movement so they can become holy witnesses to the Truths of the Catholic Faith. They shall bring the Gospel to their own communities and become the light of the world amidst a world filled with untruths, errors and moral disorder.

PILGRIMAGE OF THE TWO HEARTS through MARY’S ARK OF SALVATION

All members of the Knights of St. Michael movement honor Mary with the title “Mary’s Ark of Salvation” and have a special devotion to the Two Hearts. This title is inspired by the famous vision of St. John Bosco, when in 1862, he saw a great flagship representing the Catholic Church with the Holy Father at the helm. Besieged by enemy fire and in the midst of a great sea battle, victory was obtained when the ship anchored onto two great pillars on the ocean: on top of the left pillar, was the Holy Eucharist and on the other pillar, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

THE MISSION

The Knights of St. Michael, therefore, seek to win souls for God by first, living a life of holiness and second, by being on a Pilgrimage to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary under Our Lady’s heavenly vessel “Ark of Salvation” anchoring onto the great pillars of the Catholic Faith: the Holy Eucharist and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bearing the shield and sword of St. Michael, the Knights are soldiers whose battle cry is to fight evil with holiness, to suffer in silence and to become the Army of Light, through devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, encouraging all Catholics to carry the Cross and their rosary. The spiritual movement is closely associated, in their spiritual formation, with the lay community of Pilgrimage of the Two Hearts, a Catholic lay association of the Missionaries of Love and Peace of the Most Blessed Trinity headquartered in the Archdiocese of Melbourne Australia.

PATRON SAINTS

There are over 40 saints who watch, guide and protect the Knights of St. Michael. They serve as role models for all those who wish to become a member and to honor St Michael as a true soldier of God.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

“Put on the armor of God”

As a Knight of St. Michael, one strives to understand and live a life of holiness based on the nine salutations of the choir of angels. The salutations call upon each Knight to progress toward a higher nature of Christian perfection by embracing many important holy virtues and rejecting evil and sin. Each choir of angels helps us attain that degree of perfection, as if they were leading us up a ladder toward Heaven. The practice of these holy virtues echoes the nine salutations, honoring the nine choirs of angels. Thus, to become a Knight of St. Michael is to follow the ancient battle cry: “Put on the Armor of God” (Ephesians 6).

ARE YOU A SOLIDER OF CHRIST ?

To become a Knight of St Michael members strive to learn and live their faith to attain the virtues as outlined in the Chaplet of St Michael in the 9 salutations in honor of the 9 choir of angels.

SALUTATION TO THE CHOIR OF SERAPHIM – CHARITY

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Seraphim may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity.

Consumed by the fire of love for God and neighbor, the Knights respond to the call of perfect charity by their complete surrender to Jesus. They are often subjected to spiritual trials that form their souls and burn them in the furnace of love, manifesting in them the sweet odors of obedience, patience and humility. These Knights, in their work for St. Michael Center experience signal graces that are special only to them. These graces take many forms; however, the Knight must discern whether these graces direct them toward holiness and thus must be willing to submit themselves to spiritual counseling and obedience to legitimate Church authorities.

SALUTATION TO THE CHOIR OF CHERUBIM – CHRISTIAN PERFECTION

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim may the Lord grant us the grace to leave the ways of sin and run in the paths of Christian perfection.

Leaving the ways of sin and pursuing the paths of holiness, the Knights accept their daily crosses and learn to love them by uniting them with the sufferings of Christ. Bearing their crosses silently, they regard their suffering as a gift from God to increase in virtue and for the expiation of their sins and the sins of the whole world.

SALUTATION TO THE CHOIR OF THRONES – HUMILITY

By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.

The Knights are called to imitate the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to be meek and humble of heart. Their great love of God causes them to have a true and sincere expression of goodness by seeing the malice of their own faults and sins in a clearer light, using this to glorify God. The grace of humility leads them to perform spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Moved by the Holy Spirit, they bring God’s Mercy to all, especially to the lost and downtrodden.