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
MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Today we begin our new year at the Eucharistic Celebration. We thank God for Mary, Jesus' mother, who brought the Savior into the world. Because she is the mother of Jesus, God's Son, she truly is the Mother of God.
ST. BASIL AND ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN
Sts. Basil and Gregory were born in Asia Minor in the year 330. This area is modern-day Turkey. Basil's grandmother, father, mother, two brothers and a sister are all saints.
St. Genevieve was born around 422 in Nanterre, a small village four miles from Paris. While still very young, she desired to devote her life to Jesus.
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON
St. Elizabeth was called "Mother Seton" by everyone knew her by when she died on January 4, 1821, in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
ST. JOHN NEUMANN
St. John Neumann was not only quiet, he was short-five feet, two inches tall. His eyes were very kind and he smiled a lot.
BLESSED ANDRE BESSETTE
St. Alfred Bessette was born on August 9, 1845, not far from Montreal, Canada. He was the eighth of twelve children.
ST. RAYMOND OF PENYAFORT
St. Raymond was born between 1175 and 1180 in a little town near Barcelona, Spain. He was educated at the cathedral school in Barcelona and became a priest. .
St. Thorfinn's life were discovered in details long after his death. He died in 1285, in a monastery in Belgium. Fifty years later, his tomb was accidentally opened during some construction work.
ST. JULIAN AND ST. BASILISSA
St. Julian and St. Basilissa were husband and wife. They lived in the early part of the fourth century.
St. William came from a wealthy French family. Even as a boy, he did not waste time fooling around or being idle.
St. Theodosius was born in Asia Minor in 423. As a young man, he set out on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
ST. MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS
St. Marguerite was born in Troyes, France, on April 17, 1620, but spent most of her eighty years in Montreal, Canada.
ST. HILLARY OF POITIERS
St. Hilary was born into a pagan family on 315 in Poitiers, a town in France. His family was rich and well-known. Hilary received a good education.
St. Macrina and her husband learned the high price of being true to their Christian beliefs.
ST. PAUL THE HERMIT
St. Paul was born into a Christian family in the year 229. They lived in Thebes, Egypt. Paul's parents showed him by their own lives how to love God and worship him with one's whole heart. Paul
ST. BERARD AND COMPANIONS
Six Franciscan friars accepted from St. Francis of Assisi an assignment to go to Morocco. They were to announce Christianity to the Muslims.
ST. ANTHONY OF EGYPT
St. Anthony was born in 251 in a small village in Egypt. When he was twenty years old, his parents died. They left him a large estate and placed him in charge of the care of his young sister.
Blessed Christina lived in the sixteenth century. She was born in Abruzzi, Italy. Her baptismal name was Matthia. As she grew up, Matthia felt the call to a life of prayer and penance.
St. Canute was a strong, wise king of Denmark. He lived in the eleventh century. Canute was a great athlete, an expert horseman, and a marvelous general.
ST. FABIAN AND ST. SEBASTIAN
St. Fabian was a pope who died a martyr in 250. It was during the persecution by Emperor Decius.
St. Agnes was a Roman girl who died in 304. She was just twelve years old when she suffered martyrdom for her faith.
ST. VINCENT OF SARAGOSSA
St. Vincent was martyred in Spain in 304. This was the same year that Agnes was martyred in Rome.
ST. JOHN THE ALMSGIVER
St. John was a dedicated Christian nobleman. He used his wealth and position to help poor people. After his wife passed away, John became a priest and bishop. In 608, he was consecrated the patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
St. Francis was born at the de Sales castle in Savoy, France, on August 21, 1567. His wealthy family provided him with an excellent education. By the age of twenty-four, Francis was a Doctor of Law.
CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL
St. Paul lived at the time of Jesus but as far as we know they never met. Paul was first called Saul. As a young man, he was a very bright student of the Hebrew religion.
ST. TIMOTHY AND ST. TITUS
St. Timothy was born in Lycaonia in Asia Minor. His mother was a Jew and his father was a Gentile.
ST. ANGELA MERICI
St. Angela was born in the small Italian town of Desenzano, Italy, around 1474. Her parents died when she was ten. She and her only sister, who was three years older, loved each other very much.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
St. Thomas lived in the thirteenth century. He was the son of a noble family of Italy. He was very intelligent, but he never boasted about it. He knew that his mind was a gift from God.
St. Gildas was born around the year 500 in Britain. He set out as a young man to practice a self-sacrificing lifestyle.
St. Bathildis was a frightened, Christian English girl could have never imagined what her future would be like.
ST. JOHN BOSCO
St. John Bosco was born in Turin, Italy, on August 16, 1815. His parents were poor farmers. When John was two, his father died. John's mother struggled to keep the family together.
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?