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Interesting Facts Every Catholic Should know about the Archangels

Interesting Facts Every Catholic Should know about the Archangels

There are uncountable Angels in heaven but the Church celebrates three(Archangel: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael) in particular for the vital roles they have played throughout the history of God’s people.

Below are some amazing things about the 3 Archangels you probably don’t know about:

– Early Christians regarded St. Michael “the restorer of health”

Although St. Michael has a millennia-old reputation as a warrior, commander, protector, and all-around badass, early Christians regarded him to be a healer. As soldier-martyrs like St. George, St. Demetrios, and St. Theodore was well known, the emerging Church

prayed to St. Michael for the ill and injured. This started to change in the early 4th century when a particular painting showing the archangel conquering a dragon became well known after one of Emperor Constantine’s military victories, and that motif remains one of the most popular images of St. Michael till date.

–  Angel Michael was the defender and intercessor for Israel

There are many examples in the Old Testament where Michael contends for Israel and its people against his archenemy Samael, an evil angel thought to be synonymous with Satan. He occurs three times in the Book of Daniel where he instructs the prophet that he is the defender of the Jewish people, and will appear in the last days to save those whose names are written in the Book of Life. Rabbinical tradition believes that Michael was closely involved in some of the most crucial events in the early history of the Hebrew people. It is believed that he declared to Sarah that she would bear a son, desisted Abraham from sacrificing Isaac, and was the angel who contended and blessed Jacob.

– Angel Gabriel proclaimed more than one birth in the Scripture

Most likely, Gabriel’s most popular visitation was at the Annunciation, but he also proclaimed another crucial New Testament birth. He was the angel who visited John the Baptist’s father, Zacharias, and declared to him that his sterile wife Elizabeth would give birth to a son. When Zacharias didn’t believe him, Gabriel was not happy with him and struck him dumb until his son’s birth.

–  Angel Raphael is regarded as the most accessible of all the archangels

Archangel Raphael plays a key role in the Old Testament Book of Tobit. Calling himself Azarias, Raphael directs the blind Tobit and his son Tobiah through the desert, fights off a demon, and recovers Tobit’s sight. He also loosed Tobiah’s fiancée Sarah from a demon’s curse. Many displays of St. Raphael picture the angel holding Tobiah’s hand as a dear friend, and for this reason, he has a reputation as being the most accessible archangel.

– Archangel Raphael’s is mostly known as the Angel of Healing

This is probably the reason Church tradition always considers him to be the unknown angel in John 5 who moves the waters of the pool of Bethesda. As the passage describes, an angel would at most times alter the waters of the pool, after which the first person to step on it would be miraculously healed. As a result of Raphael’s reputation as a healer, it made sense to many Church fathers and interpreters of the Bible that he would be this anonymous angel.

5 Reasons Why You Should Study More About St. Augustine

5 Reasons Why You Should Study More About St. Augustine

St. Augustine walks in the panoply of the greatest saints in the church. Saints like Thomas Aquinas, Benedict, and obviously the Blessed Mother. His impact stays even 1600 years after his demise and doesn’t appear to fade at all.

Aurelius Augustinus was conceived in Thagaste in AD 354. After an adolescent brimming with productive immature interests and very nearly two decades as a Manichean, he changed over to Catholicism and was sanctified through water by St. Ambrose in 387. His celebrated transformation story is retold in his Confessions. In 391, he was appointed a minister and by 396 was made religious administrator of Hippo Regius in current Algeria.

Augustine’s individual and identity are obvious all through his works and his bits of knowledge.

Here are 5 Reasons You Should Study St. Augustine.

1. He was a productive author

He wrote many letters which uptill date people read to get inspiration. His lessons are amazing. Any individual who needs to sharpen their composition aptitudes needs to invest energy in the works of St. Augustine.

2. He wrote one of the best transformational stories ever

Any individual who adores stories ought to be comfortable with the transformation of St. Augustine. Transformation is a procedure and Augustine realized that. You have the “huge” minute, however consistently after that is a chance to turn towards the Lord in the heart. A consistent metanoia, maybe. As he stated, “Our hearts are anxious till they rest in You.

3. Despite everything he impacted many individuals, 1600 years after his demise

Regardless of where you are in your own life and what your very own history is, Augustine’s letters will inspire you. Indeed, even a couple of minutes with his words will transform you forever.

4. He was an ace speaker

You can’t be a rhetorician or instructor without being a talented speaker. As a religious administrator, he was required to give messages and lessons against the raucousness of the gathering in his house of prayer.

5. He was a dedicated child, minister, religious administrator and worker of Holy Mother Church

Augustine composed messages, treatises, books, letters, and so forth on a wide range of Catholic convictions for an amazing duration. A straightforward see his works bear witness to this reality. He is additionally broadly known to have stated, “As far as it matters for me, I ought not to trust the gospel aside from as moved by the expert of the Catholic Church.”

5 Truths about The Holy Spirit every Catholic Should Know

5 Truths about The Holy Spirit every Catholic Should Know

Numerous individuals misjudge what and who the Holy Spirit is. Maybe few understand that we get the endowment of the Holy Spirit amid Baptism (not Confirmation). Maybe some people perceive that the Holy Spirit is really living inside every one of us and His sanctuary is our body (which is the reason we are to keep our sanctuaries spotless and perfect). What’s more, few comprehend that we are given distinctive blessings of the Holy Spirit however we utilize the majority of the products of the Holy Spirit (indeed, there is a distinction) to keep us on the right track.
How about we become familiar with this Third Person of the Trinity. Before we start I need to tell you, Sophia Press has an amazing new book from Dr. Kevin Vost titled The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, where substantially more can be found out about getting and utilizing these extraordinary blessings. But before then, you can also read: The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The 5 Hidden Truths about the Holy Spirit:

1. It’s the Greatest Blessing

The best blessing God has given to us is genuine love spilled out and given openly, the endowment of the Holy Spirit. This is the reason there is just a single Baptism – we can just get the blessing one time and it is our own eternity. It is our decision to acknowledge and utilize the blessing.

2. The Holy Spirit has a job

Thus, it is the Holy Spirit that initiated God’s adoration into the world. We can battle without anyone else endeavoring to locate our own satisfaction, yet once we understand God’s adoration is free and what gives genuine joy, we can at long last acknowledge that we don’t need to substantiate ourselves or our decency to Him. We can rely on the Holy Spirit and enable Him to work through us.

3. Jesus conveyed the Holy Spirit

Despite the fact that the Holy Spirit was around amid the Old Testament, Jesus guaranteed after his demise to send the Counselor who might inhabit us. Rather than simply being given the Holy Spirit amid specific occasions amid our life, we have the Holy Spirit living inside us, guiding us to do right wherever we go.

4. He realizes us superior to anything we know ourselves

We may live trying to claim ignorance of a transgression, yet simply like God who is all knowing, so is the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us that “distinct inclination” that something isn’t right. Request that he demonstrate to you where you might live trying to claim ignorance and alter your way of life.

5. It is through the Spirit that we are received

The Holy Spirit resembles our ‘letter of selection’ into the group of God. St. Paul expresses, “When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that specific Spirit giving testimony to our soul that we are offspring of God, and in the event that kids, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.” (Romans 8:15b-17). Similarly, as a youngster is accepted completely into a family, we turn out to be full relatives with Christ. This is altogether done amid the Sacrament of Initiation, Baptism, which invites us into the Church family.

The Tremendous Power of the Holy Rosary

The Tremendous Power of the Holy Rosary

After reading this article, you will find more reasons to pray the Rosary always.

The Reverend Gabriele Amorth, SSP (1 May 1925 – 16 September 2016) was an Italian Roman Catholic Priest and an exorcist of the Diocese of Rome who performed tens of thousands of exorcisms over his half a dozen plus decades as a Catholic Priest. As the appointed exorcist for the diocese of Rome, Father Amorth was the Vatican’s Exorcist in Chief

He expresses – “One day a colleague of mine heard the devil say
during an exorcism: “Every Hail Mary is like a blow on my head. If Christians knew how powerful the Rosary was, it would be my end.”
The secret that makes this prayer so powerful is that the Rosary is both prayer and meditation. It is addressed to the Father, to the Blessed Virgin, and to the Holy Trinity, and is a meditation centered on Christ”.
Fr Gabriele continues:

“Kindly enunciate each word of the Rosary clearly and distinctly. Do not trample on the heels of the words of anyone with your words. Do not speak over the leader if you are following or the respondent if you are leading the Rosary. Recall that they also are having a conversation with Mary Our Mother and it is rude to talk when someone else is speaking.

In the case of the public Rosary, there are only two people speaking: the Leader and the respondents. Each is speaking to the Blessed Mother and listening clearly to her response within their hearts as they ponder on
the scene before them in their consideration of the mystery being spoken of and Interpreted and converted into their lives. Spread this powerful prayer of exorcism, the Rosary, which contains the Our Father, the perfect prayer, prayed five times in the recitation of each set of the Rosary’s Mysteries backed up by the powerful prayers of Our Mother who intercedes with us as we pray.

A visionary once said “When you pray Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now…, the Blessed Mother comes immediately to your side to pray with you. And she does not come aloneShe brings angels with her. And not just one or two, for she is the Queen of Angels, so choirs of angels come with her. And she and Jesus are joined at the heart and cannot be separated so she brings Jesus with her. And Jesus cannot be separated from the Trinity so He brings the Father and the Holy Spirit with Him. And where the Holy Trinity is, all of creation is, and you are surrounded by such beauty and light as you cannot fathom in this life. Your Mother comes as Our Lady of Grace
with her hands outstretched. Rays of light emit from her hands piercing your body, healing you and filling you with graces. This is your inheritance which was poured out from the heart of Jesus on the Cross, when the centurion pierced His Heart with the spear, into the only pure vessel ready to receive such graces at that time, your Mother.

Now as you recite the Rosary, or even just recite one Hail Mary, you receive your portion of these graces. He also said at this time, “Anyone who goes to Mary and prays the Rosary cannot be touched by Satan. No wonder, anyone who prays the Rosary from the heart is so blessed and protected and tremendous in their prayers for others?