THE ARCHANGEL story
had made Heaven and the Earth and all the Angels and all the extra
important Angels,called Archangels. (Like an extra important Bishop
is called an Archbishop.) The Archangels were God's very special
friends and were Shining and Strong and Powerful. One Archangel
was called Gabriel. He was the one that God sent to tell Our Blessed
Lady that She was to become the Mother of God, the Mother of Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Savior. Another Angel was called Raphael; he
was the one who helped Tobias in the Bible. Another Archangel was
called Michael. Michael was "the Angel of the Lord", who
was sent to Moses and Jacob and Abraham and to other people throughout
the history of the world. Another Archangel was Lucifer, who was
so beautiful that the other Angels called him the Son of the Morning.
Well, everybody was very happy because they were with God, and they
all loved him, because he had made them so Strong and Shining and
Lovely. Then one day Lucifer, Son of the Morning, said to himself:
"Why should God be the most important person in Heaven? Why,
shouldn't I be? I can fly and I can change into other things, and
I am beautiful and I am powerful. In fact, I am just as Important
as God, and I shan't do what He tells me ever again. I shall fight
Him and have Heaven for mine!"
went around Heaven, and he collected a lot of other Angels who also
didn't want to be less Important than God, until he had a Great
Army. Then they marched up to the Throne of God and said Proudly:
"We are just as Important as You. Why should You be the King
of Heaven any more than one of us? We are Strong and Proud and Beautiful,
and we will fight You for the Kingdom of Heaven." God looked
at them; then He said: "Lucifer, I thought that you were My
friend, and I trusted you. Be sensible now, and think about what
you are doing." "I have thought," said Lucifer, "and,
I'd rather not be in Heaven at all than have You for my King, and
so would all of us!" And behind him all the Rebel Angels shouted
with a great shout: "We will follow Lucifer! Long live Lucifer!
Let him reign over us in Heaven! WE DO NOT WANT GOD!" "Very
well," said God, "if you don't want Me, you needn't have
Me. But, if you want to fight for Heaven, you can if you think it
will be any good." Then, God called Michael the Archangel,
and made him gather together a Mighty Army of Angels who were on
So, now you know why we sometimes say in our prayers, "Holy
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the Day of Battle,"
because he is so good at battles.
But, what happened
to Lucifer and his Rebel Angels? Well, he was so furious and enraged
at having lost his Battle with God that he has never gotten over
it. You see, he is never allowed inside Heaven anymore forever and
ever and ever; and, now that he can't go into Heaven anymore, he
is angry about it. So, in Revenge, he does everything horrible to
God that he can. His worst feeling is Jealousy; whom do you suppose
he is jealous of? Us! Why? Because when Our Lord Jesus was Crucified,
He opened the Kingdom of Heaven for us to go in! So Lucifer, whose
other name is Satan, or the Devil, is furious because we Ordinary
People are allowed into Heaven, and he, an Archangel, is not. So,
he and his angels (or demons) try always and always to stop us going
into Heaven by giving us bad Ideas, and making us do things that
we know are wrong, so as to hurt God. So, whenever you want to do
or say something horrid, think of the Great Battle in Heaven and
remember that it is Lucifer trying to keep you on his side. If you
don't do or say it, you have won and have stayed on God's side.
Special Day is September 29th; it is the Feast of St. Michael, St.
Gabriel and St. Raphael, and of All Angels, because of all the Angels
who helped him win the Battle with Lucifer.
OF THE SAINTS
ST. HUGH OF GRENOBLE
St. Hugh was born in 1052 in France. He grew up to be tall and handsome, gentle and courteous.
ST. FRANCIS OF PAOLA
St. Francis was born in the tiny village of Paola, Italy, around 1416. His parents were poor but humble and holy.
ST. RICHARD OF CHICHESTER
St. Richard was born in England in 1197. He and his brother became orphans when Richard was very young.
ST. ISIDORE OF SEVILLE
This saint was born in 556. Isidore's two older brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, became bishops and saints, too.
ST. VINCENT FERRER
A most wonderful Christian hero was St. Vincent Ferrer. He was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1350.
This Benedictine monk had once been a sickly child. He had a very noticeable speech impediment all his life. Notker was determined not to let it get in his way.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE
St. John Baptist de la Salle was born in Rheims, France, on April 30, 1651. His parents were from the nobility.
ST. JULIE BILLIART
Mary Rose Julie Billiart was born in Belgium in 1751. Her uncle, the village school teacher, taught her to read and write.
Waldetrudis was born in Belgium in the seventh century. Her mother, her father and her sister have all been declared saints.
BLESSED ANTHONY NEYROT
Anthony was born in northern Italy in the fifteenth century. He joined the Dominican order in Florence, Italy. The prior at that time was another saint, Antoninus.
St. Stanislaus was born near Cracow, Poland, in 1030. His parents had prayed for thirty years for a child.
ST. JOSEPH MOSCATI
His brother's death made a deep impression on Joseph. He asked Jesus in the Eucharist and Mary for answers.
St. Martin was a priest of Rome who had a reputation for being well-educated and holy. He became pope in July, 649.
The name Lidwina means "suffering." Lidwina was from Holland. She was born in 1380 and died in 1433.
BLESSED DAMIEN OF MOLOKAI
Joseph "Jeff" de Veuster was born in 1840, the son of Belgian farmers. He and his brother, Pamphile, joined the congregation of the Sacred Hearts.
ST. BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE
This French saint, born in 1748, led a most unusual life. He was the son of a store owner and was taught by his uncle, a priest .
ST. STEPHEN HARDING
Stephen was a young Englishman who lived in the twelfth century. He was a good student who liked to learn.
BLESSED MARY OF THE INCARNATION
Barbara was born in France in 1566. She was married to Peter Acarie when she was seventeen. She and her husband loved their Catholic faith and practiced it.
BLESSED JAMES DUCKETT
James Duckett was an Englishman who lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. As a young man he became an apprentice printer in London.
ST. AGNES OF MONTEPULCIANO
This saint was born near the city of Monte pulciano, Italy, in 1268. When she was just nine years old, she begged her mother and father to let her live at the nearby convent.
Anselm was born in northern Italy in 1033. From his home he could see the Alps mountains.
ST. SOTER AND ST. CAIUS
St. Soter was pope long ago in the times of the Roman emperors. He was a real father to all Christians.
Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness.
ST. FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN
This saint's name was Mark Rey. He was born in Germany in 1578. Mark went to the famous University of Freigburg to become a lawyer.
ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST
Mark lived at the time of Jesus. Although he was not among the original twelve apostles, he was a relative of St. Barnabas, an apostle.
This saint lived in ninth-century France. No one knows who his parents were. They left their newborn infant on the doorstep of Notre-Dame convent.
Zita is known as the patron saint of domestic workers. She was born in the village of Monte Sagrati, Italy, in 1218.
ST. PETER CHANEL
St. Peter Chanel was born near Belley, France, in 1803. From the time he was seven, he took care of his father's sheep.
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
Born in 1347, this well-known saint is the patroness of Italy, her country. Catherine was the youngest in a family of twenty-five children.
ST. PIUS V
This holy pope was born in Italy in 1504. He was baptized Anthony Ghislieri. He wanted to become a priest, but it seemed as though his dream would never come true.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?