”Those closest to God in Heaven, the seraphim, are called the ‘fiery ones’ because more than the other angels they take their fervor and ardor from the intense fire of God.” ~ Saint Robert Bellarmine
On a day when Catholics pause to recognize the Archangels of our Church ~ Michael, Gabriel and Raphael ~ we dig deep into the Apocalyptic Books of the Bible (Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 & Revelation 12:7-12) both of which discuss in flamboyant and dramatic detail the age old battle between good and evil.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (334) reminds us that “The whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of Angels.” They represent an oftentimes overlooked and even neglected gift from our Father. I know that in my own life I rarely seek the guidance or intercession of my Guardian Angel, this despite the fact that I am now firmly convinced that (s)he wears a hard hat and full riot gear, otherwise I wouldn’t be standing here today. The Angels, and particularly the Archangels, are part of Church Doctrine and should certainly be recognized as such in the lives of all genuine Catholics. We have the prescient gift of angelic assistance in the battle that we are perpetually engaged in. To deny the reality of angels is to deny scripture itself. They are mentioned countless times, not only in today’s passages. The Archangels are a gift to us from God, the generous giver of all precious gifts.
In the Archangel Raphael, we see a great and mighty healer; just ask Tobias and Sarah in the Book of Tobit (10:1-11:18, 12:1-22). In the indomitable Saint Michael the Archangel, we see an intrepid and fearsome solider of God (Revelation 12), casting Satan and his multitude of empty promises, lies, divisiveness and wickedness back into the fiery, putrid blazes of hell where he belongs. And finally, in the Archangel Gabriel we encounter the great evangelizer, the one who would proclaim the greatest of all proclamations, that of the Incarnation to a young Nazorean Jewish girl. He stays by Mary’s side throughout all of her trials and tribulations and continues to remain there until Mary’s Son Jesus returns in all his glory.
In light of the fact that God calls each of us to assume these roles in our own lives, offering healing and comfort to those of our brothers and sisters in need, defending the truth and battling Satan at every turn, and of course proclaiming the good news through our thoughts, words, choices and actions, it only stands to reason that we would turn to these timeless role models in intercessory prayer. As Saint Francis deSales once said, “Make yourself familiar with the Angels, and behold them frequently in spirit. Without being seen, they are present with you.”
“Oh God, who dispose in marvelous order ministries both angelic and human, graciously grant that our life on Earth may be defended by those who watch over us as they minister perpetually to you in Heaven.” ~ Amen
Nick Rao on October 02, 2020:
Chuck, thank you for posting this. I will make sure to talk about the Archangels with my Grandchildren this week. I will also post this on my FB page.
Calt shabalala on September 29, 2018:
Powerful insght on angels. Love praying since it changes my life and give courage to face life head- on...