St. Raphael the Archangel – No “Over-the-Top Girlie Angel” He

My friend who runs the wonderful site St. Luke’s Gallery has just posted an excellent piece on the Archangel Gabriel.

As you know, I am a big fan of sacred art. I try to include a picture in every post – a sort of artistic freebie, if you will, as a way of giving readers a glimpse into not only the patrimony of the Church but also of the beauty of God reflected in the handiwork of man.

Tonight, St. Luke’s Gallery has a magnificent presentation about 7:00 in length that tells the story of the Archangel Raphael, drawing from the paintings of Andrea Vaccaro. I love the commentary that Vaccaro depicts Raphael, the heavenly guide-hero of Tobit, as youthful and manly. Watch the piece and you’ll know what I mean.

Tonight in a special way, I had recourse to pray to this patron of travelers. I drove four friends of my teenage daughter to the airport for their flight home. We experienced some significant weather here in Texas today and their flight was slightly delayed. I just received word that they landed safely. They were on Southwest but it could have easily been – as Fulton Sheen quipped – “TWA: Travel with Angels”.

And please continue to submit pictures of sacred art and architecture as you are able. A reader sent me some lovely shots of a church over the weekend that I will post in my next blog.

St. Raphael, pray for us!

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