22 February 2009

Pro-Life Observations on the Archangels

This thought on the archangels came to me as I was praying at Bread and Roses, one of our "abortion clinics" in Gainesville. I figured it was pretty interesting, so I prayed some more about it and looked to the different passages in the Bible that talked about these angels. I believe that all the angels, and especially Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael can help us in the fight against abortion.

God created His angels to serve him, give Him worship, be messengers to earth.. but they can also help us and carry our prayers to the Father! In the Bible we know the names of three of the archangels- Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael. All three of these angels are 'famous' for some particular characteristic that they seem to specialize in.

Gabriel is the angel of good news, God's chief messenger to men. It is interesting that the two New Testament references to Gabriel both have him announcing conceptions and births! It was Gabriel who appeared to Zacharias and announced that his wife Elisabeth would have a son, John. Six months later, Gabriel brought the news to Mary that she would conceive and give birth to the Son of God! We should ask Gabriel to look after the women who are considering abortion. We need to pray that God makes known to them that they are carrying a child, a precious life that deserves to be brought into this world.

Raphael is the least well known, since he appears in the book of Tobit. So Protestants probably don't recognize him at all, though the Jews recognize him and all Christians for at least 1500 years recognized him as an angel and Tobit as a real book of the Old Testament. Raphael came to Tobias and healed him of his blindness. Also, in John 5:2-4, we read of the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. An angel of the Lord descended into the pool, stirring it up. The first person to go into the pool after the disturbance was healed. The Church has always considered this particular angel to be Raphael. His very name means "It is God who heals". Women who are looking to have an abortion are in need of healing... physically and spiritually. Those who go through with the procedure definitely need healing and forgiveness. Let us pray to St. Raphael that God heal these women.

I save Michael for last because he is the coolest (aka- he's my confirmation saint). Michael is the prince of the heavenly host! It was he who came to Joshua (Joshua 5:13-15) identifying himself as the commander of the army of the Lord. He contended with the prince of Persia for the liberation of the Jewish people in Daniel, and it was he who expelled Lucifer and his evil angels from heaven. He is the spiritual warrior of spiritual warriors. Abortion is the province of Satan, and be sure that every woman who is faced with an 'unwanted pregnancy' has at least one demon whispering in her ear, "go ahead, have an abortion." Every man who pressures his girlfriend or wife to have an abortion... he has a devil prodding him to do this. We ought to ask Michael the archangel to repel the attacks of the evil one and his minions. Too long has Satan been influencing men and women to choose death, to choose abortion.

We can counsel women, we can raise awareness, we can write politicians... but abortion is a plague of the devil, and a spiritual battle must be fought. The angels, and especially these three archangels, are our mighty and powerful allies in the war against abortion. They are the ones who stand in the throne room of God, who see Him face to face. We can, and must, ask for their protection and intercession!

In Jesus and Mary,


Blogger Anthony said...

I really like that you wrote all of this stuff down. Ít's excellent. It needs to be made known to more Catholics. There really is an angelic battle occurring for souls which the heavenly Host will win.

February 22, 2009 3:35 PM  
Blogger Gerald Lamb said...

Jonathan, why do you have to use such divisive language? LOL.

Great post.

February 24, 2009 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Jonathan needs some Romans 13:1-7 to remedy his ailment.

March 01, 2009 1:42 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

What ailment and what do governing authorities have anything to do with this? I'd appreciate the clarification.

March 01, 2009 2:03 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

You know what Fr O says about anonymous writers.

March 01, 2009 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

How many houses does Fr. Gillespie own now?

March 02, 2009 10:37 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

He owns multiple houses??? News to me. Seems odd though since he's begging for money (that the parish will waste on God knows what). Interesting.

March 02, 2009 10:39 PM  
Blogger Gerald Lamb said...

Guys, tread carefully. The topic of St. A's finances is a radioactive one. Take it from someone who was once wrongly accused of saying that certain individuals were guilty of embezzlement, and whose life was made difficult as a result.

For the record, what I actually said was that they had the financial acumen of tax and spend politicians, and due to this lack of acumen they mismanaged funds. All anyone had to do was ask me directly :-)

March 04, 2009 10:20 PM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

True. I don't really care about how many houses he has, if he has more than the rectory. There could be legitimate reasons for anything. Almost anything- there is never room for dissent and not proclaiming the fullness of truth. That is what I'm concerned with.

March 09, 2009 4:03 AM  

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