Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Angelic Spirits, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael

In early Judaism, St. Michael was considered a powerful symbol of divine assistance. He appears three times in the Old Testament, particularly in the book of Daniel. (Dan 10, 13-21; 12, 1) where he is hailed as a defender of the Hebrew people and the head of the heavenly army defending the weak and the persecuted.

The most ancient and famous shrine of the Latin Church dedicated to St. Michael is on Monte Gargano, in the town of Monte Sant'Angelo, situated 850 meters above sea level. (Apulia, Italy) I was privileged to make a pilgrimage there in 2003. Learning the story of these miraculous events, which led St. Michael to chose and consecrate this cave left me with a sense of awe and mystery.

“I am Michael and I am always in the presence of God. The cave is sacred to me. I have chosen it; I myself am its watchful custodian....There where the rock opens wide the sins of men can be forgiven....What is asked for here in prayer will be granted. Therefore, go to the mountain and dedicate the grotto to the Christian religion.”
(To the Bishop of Siponto, dated 490)

St. Michael, special protector of the people of God, defend God's Holy Church now, and lead us all to the possession of the glory of God.

St. Gabriel is “God's Ambassador”, the voice who announced to Mary, that she was to be the Mother of the Lord. It was he who adored with Mary the Word made flesh in her womb. He was the first adorer of the Precious Blood on earth and the first to pronounce the name of “Jesus”.

St. Raphael is the angel of peace, of health, of joy and happy meetings. The “medicine of God” who can cure our infirmities of soul by virtue of the Divine Blood, shed for our salvation. The angel sent my God's providence, he will forever typify the watchfulness, tenderness and helpful affection of our own guardian angels.

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