A Saint (S) is anyone who the Church discerns is in the presence of God in Heaven. Partly through God’s own disclosure.
So far everone has mentioned “people”, but, for today, we celebrate the non-human Saints. They are the 3 Great Archhangels:
Michael protects; Gabriel announces; Raphael guides.
This is the Prayer to St Michael the Protector said after the Traditional Latin Mass by the whole congregation:
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
There is no doubt that God uses his emissaries to interact in the world doing His will.
A good example is YOU.
Now I ask, how many have you Baptised “in the name of…” and thus brought into the Church? See, that is God’s work DIRECTLY through you. YOU performed God’s will for someone who COULD NOT do it themselves. They could pray til the end of time, and they still could not baptise themselves. Why did God MAKE us dependent on another human for our salvation?
We read in Scripture many examples of these angels acting for God to man. They are quite well informed about our needs by God through their “partaking of the Divine Nature” as Scripture says.
Somewhere in Hebrews we have this "great cloud of WITNESSES… who are they, and what are they “witnessing”, and why described as a “cloud”, and why mention them at all?
Souls do not go commatose when they reach heaven. In Rev. we know that they realize that the martyrs were not yet avenged. How did they know that?
We respect God’s emissaries simply because He gave them to us as an aid beyond our own capabilities, (I could call that a form of “material” grace) much like a man uses a leverage bar or hydraulic jack to amplify his own God given strength, yet without them in certain situations, he would be unable to do what needs to be done.
We know that intercession, even for the Apostles, was asked for. Who was closer to God on earth than the Apostles? Yet they pleaded for the intercession of fellow humans. Why? Weren’t their prayers directly to God sufficient? If not why not? If so, then nonsensical idea.
I prayed for finding a lost Rosary off and on for about 9 months. They were special as they were used by my deceased father (whoops, my DAD). The beads were mahogony and the links were sterling.
Well, one day it came to me that St Anthony was our patron of things lost, and I was becoming reconciled they were gone for good. I gave a short prayer to him, explained my loss, and my reason for wanting to have them back.
Less than 2 hours later, I had a task to perform that caused me to look into an old travel briefcase that I have used many times in the last 9 months. This time when I opened it, that Rosary were dangling in clear site from a shallow lid pocket.
Does God want us to use ALL the gifts He has given us, including His emissaries? You bet your life.
I don’t know have easily you are moved emotionally, so the following may not affect you as it did me.
There is a Classic B&W (1945) movie called Song of Bernadette. I think Jennifer Jones received the Academy Award for her part.
You can often still rent it in the bigger rental stores. Get it and watch it, preferably more than once over several months. You will see into how the Church determines a Saint from an “acting as an adversary” point of view.
I’m a mean cowboy, and this movie still brings the tears flowing. You’d think I’d get over it after so many times watching it. But nooooo, I watched it again last nite and needed paper towels.
God has Blessed Matt
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