PODCAST | Feast of the Holy Archangels

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In this podcast, Fr. Javier del Castillo shares an insightful reflection on the Holy Archangels – St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael – in honor of their feast day on September 29. Fr. Javier explains how “the work of the Archangels is really one of service to God, adoring God, being messengers of God, and helping mankind reach its ultimate end of going back to God.”

As he reflects on the tasks of the Archangels in the history of salvation, Fr. Javier also shares anecdotes about St. Josemaria Escriva’s personal devotion to the Guardian Angels and Archangels, to whom he entrusted “the specific apostolic endeavors that he was to undertake as part of the mission that God wanted of him… founding Opus Dei.”

We learn how St. Josemaria’s devotion to the angels was rooted in Scripture and grew from their loving intervention in his daily life, which inspired him to write: “Drink at the clear fountain of the Acts of the Apostles. In the twelfth chapter, Peter, freed from prison by the ministry of Angels, comes to the house of the mother of Mark. Those inside will not believe the girl, who says that Peter is at the door. Angelus ejus est! It must be his Angel!’ they said. See on what intimate terms the early Christians were with their Guardian Angels. And you?” (The Way, no. 570).

On this feast day, let us strengthen our devotion to the angels by invoking them often and seeking their help to overcome our daily struggles against evil and increase our loving desire to serve God.

This podcast was originally published in 2015.

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Rev. Javier del Castillo Rev. Javier del Castillo

Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He currently carries out his pastoral ministry in New York and is President of the St. Josemaria Institute.

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