Posted on in Saints Are Us by The Rev. David Marshall
We assume angels are what we imagine them to be — ephemeral, and kindly beings, looking like someone dressed up for the prom. Nothing could be further from the truth. What we don’t seem to realize is that Michael and all angels are spirit, they have no physical existence, they are in the realm of the sacred other. Also they are the warriors of God, and the protectors of creation. In addition, they are messengers who make the will of God known in creation, thus the word “angel” from the Greek “angelos” meaning messenger. All through Sacred Scripture — both Hebrew and Christian text — when there is an encounter between a messenger and a human it is always begins with “fear not” or ‘don’t be afraid”, as these sacred beings are warriors. In Sacred Scripture there are four names assigned to these sacred ones: Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael. These and all of the other heavenly hosts are not mythical beings like unicorns, they are real, powerful and enlightened beings, who have had many fanciful stories told about them. We believe one of these beings is assigned to watch over each of us, and I am sure to protect us from ourselves!
I want to share a story with you about St. Francis of Assisi: Francis had a great devotion to St. Michael, and thus in the Rule of Life of the Friars Minor, there is provision for “the second Lent” a forty day fast that leads to the Feast of St. Michael. The friars were, (are) required to observe this fast. The story goes that there was a young novice friar suffering physical pain and anguish due to the fast. Francis woke up the community in the middle of the night and had the community prepare a meal for EVERYONE, so the young brother would not feel ashamed for eating during the fast of St, Michael. So when you write in your GRATITUDE JOURNAL, don’t forget to be thankful for the Sacred Spirit who watches over your life. See you next week. I’ll be writing about St. Francis of Assisi.
I am your bro. John, O.C.P.