Saint for the Day - May 8 - The Apparition of St.
Michael the Archangel
It is manifest, from
the Holy Scriptures, that God is pleased to make
frequent use of the ministry of the heavenly spirits
in the dispensations of His providence in this
world, and especially towards man. Hence the name of
Angel (which is not properly a denomination of
nature, but office) has been appropriated to them.
The angels are all pure spirits; they are, by a
property of their nature, immortal, as every spirit
is. They have the power of moving or conveying
themselves from place to place, and such is their
activity that it is not easy for us to conceive it.
Among the holy archangels, there are particularly
distinguished in Holy Writ Sts. Michael, Gabriel,
and Raphael. St. Michael, whom the Church honors
this day, was the prince of the faithful angels who
opposed Lucifer and his associates in their revolt
As the devil is the sworn enemy of God's holy
Church, St. Michael is its special protector against
his assaults and stratagems. This holy archangel has
ever been honored in the Catholic Church as her
guardian under God, and as the protector of the
faithful; for God is pleased to employ the zeal and
charity of the good angels and their leader against
the malice of the devil. To thank His adorable
goodness for this benefit of His merciful providence
is this festival instituted by the Church in honor
of the good angels, in which devotion she has been
encouraged by several apparitions of this glorious
archangel. Among others, it is recorded that St.
Michael, in a vision, admonished the Bishop of
Siponto to build a church in his honor on Mount
Gargano, near Manfredonia, in the kingdom of Naples.
When the Emperor Otho III. had, contrary to his
word, put to death, for rebellion, Crescentius, a
Roman senator, being touched with remorse he cast
himself at the feet of St. Romuald, who, in
satisfaction for his crime, enjoined him to walk
barefoot, on a penitential pilgrimage, to St.
Michael's on Mount Gargano, which penance he
performed in 1002. It is mentioned in particular of
this special guardian and protector of the Church
that, in the persecution of Antichrist, he will
powerfully stand up in her defence: "At that time
shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who
standeth for the children of thy people."
Saint for the Day - The Apparition of St. Michael
Read about the Saint for today - May 8 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
St. Michael is not only the
protector of the Church, but of
every faithful soul. He defeated
the devil by humility: we are
enlisted in the same warfare.
His arms were humility and
ardent love of God: the same
must be our weapons. We ought to
regard this archangel as our
leader under God: and,
courageously resisting the devil
in all his assaults, to cry out,
Who can be compared to God?
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