Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Raphael the Archangel

Well, all, just found out a cousin has Retinitis Pigmentosa. Please send her all your love and positive thoughts.

When she told me I went to the trusty Patron Saints index and found out that Raphael the Archangel is associated with the blind and curing blindness. Apparently he travelled with (and guarded) Tobiah, and cured a man's blindness; hence his connection with travellers, young people, blindness, healing and healers.

" Raphael means...God's remedy, for when he touched Tobit's eyes in order to cure him, he banished the darkness of his blindness. Thus, since he is to heal, he is rightly caused God's remedy. " from a homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great

I'm so psyched the Free Library of Philadelphia had this manuscript image online. Thank you!

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