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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Michaelmas: Guys With Swords

By WOlfgang Sauber (Own work) [GFDL (
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Elyse has an affinity for guys with swords.

Today is the Feast Day of my precious daughter's patron: Saint Michael, Archangel. (She's rather fond of St. George, too...but today is Michael's day.)  She has been informed that warrior saints are generally embraced by little boys, but that has never swayed her, even when she was knee high to a grasshopper.  She knew her "guys" when she saw them.

St. Michael is widely revered and is recognized by Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans and some other Protestant groups, Judaism, and in Islam.  His name means "Who is like God?"and was a key question in the battle in Heaven against Satan and his followers.  In our opulent Western comfort, I suppose that it is a question that we might ask ourselves today.  It is easy to begin to think that we have 'it all under control' , or even that we are pretty nifty....but believing that we are pretty nifty and have it all under control is a first class ticket to forgetting, or even openly opposing, the One who really is, and does.

Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
Who stoops down to look
on the Heavens and the Earth?
Psalm 113: 5-6

Happy Feast Day of Saint Michael and All Angels.
May you always seek aid, and remain on the side of righteousness, in your battles against the forces of darkness.

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. ~ Revelation 12:7-9

Pax Christi Dear Ones,

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