Caholic Blogger Joe Trembly writes: On October 13, 1884 just after celebrating Mass, Pope Leo XIII turned pale and collapsed as though dead.
Those standing nearby rushed to his side. They found him alive but the pontiff looked frightened.
He then recounted having a terrifying vision. He saw the hideous form of Satan approaching the throne of God, boasting that he could destroy the Church.
According to Pope Leo XIII the Lord reminded him that his Church would exist until the end of time.
Satan then said, “Grant me one century and more power of those who will serve me, and I will destroy it.” Our Lord granted him 100 years.
The Lord then revealed the events of the 20th century to Leo XIII.
He saw wars, immorality, genocide and apostasy on a large scale.
Immediately following this disturbing vision, he sat down and wrote the prayer to St. Michael. For decades it was prayed at Mass until the 1960’s.
Like many of the Church’s spiritual defenses, it was discontinued in the second half of the 20th century.”
In a little known fact the Queen of Peace at Medjugorje confirmed Pope Leo XIII’s vision in an apparition with the visionary, Mirjana.
She said to Mirjana:
“You must realize that Satan exists. One day he appeared before the throne of God and asked permission to submit the Church to a period of trial.
God gave him permission to try the Church for one century.
This century is under the power of the devil; but when the secrets confided to you come to pass, his power will be destroyed.
Even now he is beginning to lose his power and has become aggressive.
He is destroying marriages, creating divisions among priests and is responsible for the destruction of many souls and lives.
You must protect yourselves against these things through fasting and prayer. The Queen of Peace Medjugorje to Mirjana
Let us now pray to Saint Michael the Arcangel:
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protector against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.