Wednesday, October 15, 2008


In the 16th Century, Hercules was used as an image of the Catholic Church, his battle with the Hydra being reminiscent of the Church's fight with heresy. In Claire Asquith's 'Shadowplay' on Shakespeare's Catholicism, she applies this identification to understand some of Shakespeare's lines, such as

'Hercules himself could not have battered out his brains - for he had none.' (Cymbeline)

Following some technical issues we have established a separate Blogger 'identity' for Catholic Action UK, and we thought Hercules would be an appropriate name.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen