The prayer to Blessed Michael the Archangel is very powerful in these times and its origins is interesting. On September 25, 1888, following his morning Mass, Pope Leo XIII became traumatized to the point that he collapsed. Those in attendance thought that he was dead. After coming to consciousness, the pope described a frightful conversation that he had heard coming from near the tabernacle. The conversation consisted of two voices – voices which Pope Leo XIII clearly understood to be the voices of Jesus Christ and the Devil. The Devil boasted that he could destroy the Church, if he were granted 75 years to carry out his -plan (or 100 years, according to some accounts). The Devil also asked permission for “a greater influence over those who will give themselves to my service.” To the Devil’s requests, Our Lord reportedly replied: “you will be given the time and the power.” Shaken deeply by what he had heard, Pope Leo XIII composed the Prayer to St. Michael and ordered it to be recited after all Low Masses as a protection for the Church against the attacks from Hell. This was clearly a prophetic dream or vision but it has come to remarkable fruition in that we live in extraordinarily evil times. Clearly God has allowed Satan to have greater power in these times [but surely there can be no communication between God and Satan as in the vision?] Why has God let Satan have greater power? How has Satan got greater power - were legions of demons unleashed from hell? Will Satan and his minions be cast down to hell at the end of time or before? I look forward to the thoughts of the forum on this one!!