|Archangel Michael by Raphael|
Almost everyone believes in angels, even those who are wobbly about believing in God. The Bible affirms that angels are real. They are pure spirits created by God separately from human beings. They belong to the spiritual realm. I recommend this essay, written by Msgr. Charles Pope, for giving an authentic account about angels.
According to St. Gregory the Great in today’s Office of Readings,
“You should be aware that the word ‘angel’ denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels.”
We Catholics celebrate the feast of three Archangels today: Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. I highlight Michael in this post. His name in Hebrew means “Who is like God?” He is honored as the leader of the angelic army who will conquer Satan, and he is also the defender of the Church. The picture to the left shows Michael routing Satan as described in Revelation 12:7-9.
Recently, I came across this masterfully written poem about Saint Michael composed in the 1800s by Blessed John Henry Newman to commemorate the annual Autumn celebration called St. Michaelmas. It was posted here, by Frank Weathers.