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APPARITION of SAINT MICHAEL the ARCHANGEL Monte Gargano, Italy (492)
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Posted on 05/08/2009 1:51:20 AM PDT by GonzoII

Lives of the Saints, May 8, The Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel

 

The Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel

APPARITION of
SAINT MICHAEL the ARCHANGEL
Monte Gargano, Italy
(492)

It is evident from Holy Scripture that God is pleased to make frequent use of the ministry of the heavenly spirits in the dispensations of His providence in this world. The Angels are all pure spirits; by a property of their nature they are immortal, as is every spirit. They have the power of moving or conveying themselves at will from place to place, and such is their activity that it is not easy for us to conceive of it. Among the holy Archangels, Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are particularly distinguished in the Scriptures. Saint Michael, whose name means Who is like unto God?, is the prince of the faithful Angels who opposed Lucifer and his followers in their revolt against God. Since the devil is the sworn enemy of God’s holy Church, Saint Michael is given to it by God as its special protector against the demon’s assaults and stratagems.

Various apparitions of this powerful Angel have proved the protection of Saint Michael over the Church. We may mention his apparition in Rome, where Saint Gregory the Great saw him in the air sheathing his sword, to signal the cessation of a pestilence and the appeasement of God’s wrath. Another apparition to Saint Ausbert, bishop of Avranches in France, led to the construction of Mont-Saint-Michel in the sea, a famous pilgrimage site. May 8th, however, is destined to recall another no less marvelous apparition, occurring near Monte Gargano in the Kingdom of Naples.

In the year 492 a man named Gargan was pasturing his large herds in the countryside. One day a bull fled to the mountain, where at first it could not be found. When its refuge in a cave was discovered, an arrow was shot into the cave, but the arrow returned to wound the one who had sent it. Faced with so mysterious an occurrence, the persons concerned decided to consult the bishop of the region. He ordered three days of fasting and prayers. After three days, the Archangel Saint Michael appeared to the bishop and declared that the cavern where the bull had taken refuge was under his protection, and that God wanted it to be consecrated under his name and in honor of all the Holy Angels.

Accompanied by his clergy and people, the pontiff went to that cavern, which he found already disposed in the form of a church. The divine mysteries were celebrated there, and there arose in this same place a magnificent temple where the divine Power has wrought great miracles. To thank God’s adorable goodness for the protection of the holy Archangel, the effect of His merciful Providence, this feast day was instituted by the Church in his honor.

It is said of this special guardian and protector of the Church that, during the final persecution of Antichrist, he will powerfully defend it: “At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince who protects the children of thy people.” (Dan. 12:1) Compare this text with Chapter 10 of the Apocalypse of Saint John.

Reflection. Saint Michael is not only the protector of the Church, but of every faithful soul. By humility he defeated the devil; we who are enlisted in the same warfare must adopt his weapons — humility and ardent love of God. Regarding this Archangel as our leader under God, let us courageously resist the devil in all his assaults with our protector’s famous exclamation: “Who is like unto God?”

Sources: Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Vie des Saints pour tous les jours de l’année, by Abbé L. Jaud (Mame: Tours, 1950).


TOPICS: Catholic; History
KEYWORDS: saintmichael; saints

St. Michael the Archangel

(Hebrew "Who is like God?").

St. Michael is one of the principal angels; his name was the war-cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against the enemy and his followers. Four times his name is recorded in Scripture:

(1) Daniel 10:13 sqq., Gabriel says to Daniel, when he asks God to permit the Jews to return to Jerusalem: "The Angel [D.V. prince] of the kingdom of the Persians resisted me . . . and, behold Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me . . . and none is my helper in all these things, but Michael your prince."

(2) Daniel 12, the Angel speaking of the end of the world and the Antichrist says: "At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people."

(3) In the Catholic Epistle of St. Jude: "When Michael the Archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses", etc. St. Jude alludes to an ancient Jewish tradition of a dispute between Michael and Satan over the body of Moses, an account of which is also found in the apocryphal book on the assumption of Moses (Origen, De Principiis III.2.2). St. Michael concealed the tomb of Moses; Satan, however, by disclosing it, tried to seduce the Jewish people to the sin of hero-worship. St. Michael also guards the body of Eve, according to the "Revelation of Moses" ("Apocryphal Gospels", etc., ed. A. Walker, Edinburgh, p. 647).

(4) Apocalypse 12:7, "And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon." St. John speaks of the great conflict at the end of time, which reflects also the battle in heaven at the beginning of time. According to the Fathers there is often question of St. Michael in Scripture where his name is not mentioned. They say he was the cherub who stood at the gate of paradise, "to keep the way of the tree of life" (Genesis 3:24), the angel through whom God published the Decalogue to his chosen people, the angel who stood in the way against Balaam (Numbers 22:22 sqq.), the angel who routed the army of Sennacherib (2 Kings 19:35).

Following these passages, gives to St. Michael four offices:


1 posted on 05/08/2009 1:51:21 AM PDT by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII
"Following these passages, gives to St. Michael four offices:"

Should read:

Following these Scriptural passages, Christian tradition gives to St. Michael four offices:

2 posted on 05/08/2009 2:43:22 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII
This site was important to Saint Padre Pio and his life...

Mount Gargano was very close to the Monastery that Saint Padre Pio lived in...

3 posted on 05/08/2009 3:15:25 AM PDT by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: topher

Thanks for your input.


4 posted on 05/08/2009 3:19:46 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

Like to see St. Michael pay a visit to Notre Dame on Commencement day.


5 posted on 05/08/2009 3:45:34 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: topher

Thank you, that is very interesting about Padre Pio.


6 posted on 05/08/2009 4:28:30 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: topher
The Gargano is an interesting area. It's a promontory that forms the spur on the Italian boot that sticks out into the middle of the Adriatic.

There is a monastery at the location of the apparation, known as the Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo. Beautiful town out in the middle of nowhere, half-way between Vieste and Manfredonia

I had to spend several months down in that area at a radar site known as Monte Jacotenente. I know, real hardship duty.

7 posted on 05/08/2009 8:01:29 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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