God's is the source of power
In one of the apparitions in Gargano St Michael left his footprint in the grotto, and it is the footprint of a child. It is as if he reminds us that we are not slaves but sons, as we are called to live as children of God. We do not belong to those forced to succumb to the actions of the Devil. St Michael leads us to new freedom and this freedom comes from Christ, our Redeemer.
We need angels and we need to communicate with them. Today we are experiencing a renewal of faith in angels. Just go to the nearest gift shop; it is usually full of angelic figures and pictures.
Angels are presented in a simplified way. We imagine an angel as an innocent and delicate being with wings that we see in a colouring book for children. Innocence and mildness are emphasised to make angels more appealing for children. We cannot say that angels are good only for children; that angels protect only children and the prayer “Angel of God, my guardian dear” is reserved only for children. That kind of thinking is a mistake. Angels do protect each and every one of us from the moment of conception to our death. We all should call on our guardian angels daily, regardless of our age.
In the presence of God, we are all His children. St Michael wants to remind us of the very truth that we, human beings, are God's children. It means that God is our Father. St Michael invites us to know our Father. God is the Father who “loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but so that through him the world might be saved” (John 3: 16-17).
I assure you of the constant daily prayers of the priests of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel for all our readers and their families.
God bless you.
Fr Peter Prusakiewicz CSMA