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He makes various powerful appearances in the Bible.As the field commander in the Army of God, Michael, the Archangel is regarded as a powerful, spiritual general and soldier for Christ. As such, members of the armed forces, law enforcement officers, firefighters and others who work to serve and protect us all daily, regard St. Michael as their patron saint.
As Christmas and the New Year holidays are celebrated this year, I find myself thinking about the story of Michael, the Archangel, and I am reminded of those who have fought to protect the freedoms we cherish and the democracy we call the United States of America.
When I look back over the past decade, I am also reminded of the sacrifices of so many men and women who gave their lives to rescue their fellow Americans who were trapped in the World Trade Center and in the Pentagon ten years ago. My thoughts turn to the brave men and women on United Airlines Flight 93 who also gave their lives to protect the lives of others on that fateful day.
Finally, thoughts turn to the young men and women who served in Iran and Afghanistan and the sacrifice they have made, too.
In the Catholic tradition, the St.Michael Medal depicts the archangel wielding a sword and shield. This figure symbolizes a great, brave warrior.
The story of the Archangel Michael is straightforward and unpretentious:
The Archangels were God's most trusted aides; strong, powerful, and committed to the word of Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven. Michael was "the Angel of the Lord," who was sent to Moses, Jacob, Abraham and others throughout the history of the world to spread the word of Christ and the gospel.
Ages ago, Lucifer -Morning Star, an Archangel well known for his great beauty, asked himself, "Why should God be the most important person in Heaven? I am beautiful and I am powerful. I am just as important as God. I shall fight Him and have Heaven for my own!" Lucifer raised an army in Heaven to challenge God.
God called upon Michael, who then gathered a mighty army of angels and vanquished Lucifer and his followers from Heaven forever. They are now referred to as the Fallen Angels.
The St. Michael medal is rich with the power of the Archangel Michael’s story. Wearing the medal provides those who wear it a sense of security. They feel that the warrior angel is close and watching over them.
People who face danger every day working to protect us find that St. Michael’s medal fortifies their faith and reinforces their commitment to the protection of others. It also helps them find the courage to face danger and carry on.
The St. Michael medal is a catholic symbol; however, the message embodied in his medal is universal: peace, security, and safety are worth fighting for.
Brave men and women do that for us all every day – all around the world. We should all hold them close to our hearts every day as well as the holiday season.