Every day, millions of Americans kiss their families goodbye, and go to do something remarkable. Arriving at work, they cast off their skin color, don a blue uniform, body armor, and ask the protection of St. Michael the Archangel, and that’s when a genuine miracle occurs.
There are more than 1.1 million police personnel in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of these personnel walk the streets, 24-7, holidays included. They work regardless of the weather, the economy, and all danger. In a disaster, they are the ones who stay behind.
In the course of their work, each officer may come into contact with dozens of civilians each day. According to Department of Justice statistics, Out of 40 million interactions each year, perhaps only 1 percent results in a complaint of some kind. Of those complaints, only a miniscule fraction are such they require an investigation of the officer. Even fewer still result in a criminal investigation, and fewer still, a conviction.
The miracle here is that we have millions of police interactions, and nearly a hundred percent of the time, they resolve without complaint.
Unfortunately, there are propagandists and liars who seek to deceive us. Their subtle deceits encourage us to distrust our police. We are told to distrust and fear the same officers who are swift to put their bodies into harm’s way, standing as a human barrier of flesh and blood, between us and evil.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)
Who is it that would beguile us into fearing the shepherds that protects us?
The news media, social media, and many other sources routinely bombard us with stories of “police brutality.” These things do happen. Some police officers are corrupt or go too far. We have systems of justice in place to deal with such matters. But the claim that our police are power-driven, violent oppressors, who are quick to kill, is a deceitful lie spread by the king of liars himself, Satan.
We know this is a lie because the statistics, as well as common sense, expose the truth. But we cannot spend fifteen minutes on the news or social media without someone trying to turn us against our courageous law enforcement personnel.
Anarchists, communists, jobless, basement dwelling millennials, depraved social liberals, racists and others bow down to do the bidding of the devil, and work overtime to encourage fear and mistrust of the people who deserve our trust more than any other.
Yet, amid this dark deceit, a miracle occurs. St. Michael, the patron saint of police and the adversary of the devil, intervenes to defend our officers. How else is it possible that 1.1 million officers can do their work without harm in a nation where the people are bombarded with fearful lies? Only a miracle can explain such figures.
There is no better way than this, to tell the devil that you reject his lies, and invoke the protection of St. Michael the Archangel, appointed by God to defend us from the wickedness and snares of the devil.
Holy Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do you, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls.