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Sts. Michael,
Gabriel, & Raphael

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or
Revelation 12:7-12
Psalm 138:1-5
John 1:47-51

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"Michael and his angels battled against the dragon...Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out." —Revelation 12:7, 9

Michael the archangel and his angels battle Satan and his demons. They overpower him and drive him away (Rv 12:7-9). Michael stands as a bulwark against Satan, a reinforced wall to block his plans (Dn 10:21—11:1, NAB). Raphael also defeats demons, overpowering and binding them (Tb 8:3).

Jesus, Whose outpoured blood defeats Satan (Rv 12:11), has given the Church power to "overcome all demons" (Lk 9:1). We members of the Church do our part by our testimony to Jesus (Rv 12:11), prayer, fasting (Mt 17:21, NAB), our steadfast refusal to yield to Satan (Jas 4:7), obedience (Rm 16:19-20), and our praises, which Satan and his demons cannot stomach.

If Satan has been defeated, why must we still fight him? He has lost the war, but on his way to hell, is trying to exact more casualties upon the kingdom of God. He is a sore loser, and "his fury knows no limits, for he knows his time is short" (Rv 12:12). Therefore, if we "relax our efforts" in finishing the fight (cf Gal 6:9), we might suffer some casualties ourselves. Because God has used angels to successfully fight Satan, and because the Lord hasn't changed His battle plan (see Heb 13:8), we need the angels (cf 1 Cor 12:18, 21). We must regularly involve the angels, especially the archangels, in spiritual warfare. St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us.

Prayer:  Father, may I wield every weapon You give me to advance Your kingdom on earth.

Promise:  "When I called, You answered me; You built up strength within me." —Ps 138:3

Praise:  "Raphael pursued [the demon] there and bound him hand and foot" (Tb 8:3).

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 11, 2009

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