As a devout Catholic growing up in Australia, I was always taught to revere the archangel Saint Michael. He was the heavenly enforcer, the protector against evil, and the defender of the faithful.
But as I got older, I began to question whether Saint Michael was still relevant in today’s world.
Was he just a relic of the past, a symbol of an outdated faith, or did he still hold power and relevance in our modern lives?
The answer to that question, I discovered, was not a simple one. On one hand, there were those who believed that Saint Michael’s power was fading, that he was no longer able to protect us from the evils of the world. They argued that in our complex, interconnected society, we needed more than just a spiritual protector, that we needed real-world solutions to real-world problems.— Anna Wong, Volunteer
But on the other hand, there were those who saw Saint Michael’s relevance as even more important than ever. They argued that in a world full of uncertainty, fear, and doubt, we needed the comfort and protection that only Saint Michael could provide.
They pointed to countless testimonies of miraculous interventions, of healings, of protections, and of deliverances, all attributed to Saint Michael’s intercession.
One such testimony was the Miracle at Sea, a story of a group of fishermen caught in a sudden storm off the coast of Australia. As the waves battered their boat and their supplies dwindled, they turned to Saint Michael for help. In the midst of the storm, they saw a bright light shining in the distance. It was Saint Michael, who guided them safely back to shore.
Another testimony was the Battle with Addiction, a story of John, who had struggled with addiction for years. In desperation, he turned to Saint Michael for help, reciting the prayer to Saint Michael every morning and evening. Over time, he found that his cravings diminished, and he was able to break free from his addiction with the help of Saint Michael.
But even as these testimonies were shared and celebrated, there were political controversies brewing around Saint Michael’s relevance and power. Some politicians argued that the devotion to Saint Michael was a distraction from real-world problems, that it was a tool used by the Church to control the masses. They argued that the Church should focus on more practical solutions to social issues, rather than relying on the intercession of a mythical figure.
But for many believers, Saint Michael was not just a mythical figure. He was a source of strength, of hope, and of protection. He was a reminder that in a world full of chaos and confusion, there was still a force for good, a heavenly enforcer who would fight for us, who would protect us, and who would deliver us from evil.
So, is Saint Michael still relevant in today’s world?
The answer, I believe, is a resounding yes. His power and relevance may be debated and even contested, but for those who have experienced his intercession, there is no doubt that he is still a force to be reckoned with, a protector against evil, and a source of hope and strength in our modern lives.
In conclusion, the devotion to Saint Michael may be controversial, but it is also a powerful expression of faith, hope, and love. It is a reminder that even in our darkest moments, we are not alone, that we have a heavenly enforcer who is watching over us, who is fighting for us, and who will always be there to guide us safely back to shore.