THE ARCHANGEL story
had made Heaven and the Earth and all the Angels and all the extra
important Angels,called Archangels. (Like an extra important Bishop
is called an Archbishop.) The Archangels were God's very special
friends and were Shining and Strong and Powerful. One Archangel
was called Gabriel. He was the one that God sent to tell Our Blessed
Lady that She was to become the Mother of God, the Mother of Jesus
Christ, our Lord and Savior. Another Angel was called Raphael; he
was the one who helped Tobias in the Bible. Another Archangel was
called Michael. Michael was "the Angel of the Lord", who
was sent to Moses and Jacob and Abraham and to other people throughout
the history of the world. Another Archangel was Lucifer, who was
so beautiful that the other Angels called him the Son of the Morning.
Well, everybody was very happy because they were with God, and they
all loved him, because he had made them so Strong and Shining and
Lovely. Then one day Lucifer, Son of the Morning, said to himself:
"Why should God be the most important person in Heaven? Why,
shouldn't I be? I can fly and I can change into other things, and
I am beautiful and I am powerful. In fact, I am just as Important
as God, and I shan't do what He tells me ever again. I shall fight
Him and have Heaven for mine!"
went around Heaven, and he collected a lot of other Angels who also
didn't want to be less Important than God, until he had a Great
Army. Then they marched up to the Throne of God and said Proudly:
"We are just as Important as You. Why should You be the King
of Heaven any more than one of us? We are Strong and Proud and Beautiful,
and we will fight You for the Kingdom of Heaven." God looked
at them; then He said: "Lucifer, I thought that you were My
friend, and I trusted you. Be sensible now, and think about what
you are doing." "I have thought," said Lucifer, "and,
I'd rather not be in Heaven at all than have You for my King, and
so would all of us!" And behind him all the Rebel Angels shouted
with a great shout: "We will follow Lucifer! Long live Lucifer!
Let him reign over us in Heaven! WE DO NOT WANT GOD!" "Very
well," said God, "if you don't want Me, you needn't have
Me. But, if you want to fight for Heaven, you can if you think it
will be any good." Then, God called Michael the Archangel,
and made him gather together a Mighty Army of Angels who were on
So, now you know why we sometimes say in our prayers, "Holy
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the Day of Battle,"
because he is so good at battles.
But, what happened
to Lucifer and his Rebel Angels? Well, he was so furious and enraged
at having lost his Battle with God that he has never gotten over
it. You see, he is never allowed inside Heaven anymore forever and
ever and ever; and, now that he can't go into Heaven anymore, he
is angry about it. So, in Revenge, he does everything horrible to
God that he can. His worst feeling is Jealousy; whom do you suppose
he is jealous of? Us! Why? Because when Our Lord Jesus was Crucified,
He opened the Kingdom of Heaven for us to go in! So Lucifer, whose
other name is Satan, or the Devil, is furious because we Ordinary
People are allowed into Heaven, and he, an Archangel, is not. So,
he and his angels (or demons) try always and always to stop us going
into Heaven by giving us bad Ideas, and making us do things that
we know are wrong, so as to hurt God. So, whenever you want to do
or say something horrid, think of the Great Battle in Heaven and
remember that it is Lucifer trying to keep you on his side. If you
don't do or say it, you have won and have stayed on God's side.
Special Day is September 29th; it is the Feast of St. Michael, St.
Gabriel and St. Raphael, and of All Angels, because of all the Angels
who helped him win the Battle with Lucifer.