|An angel to the rescue
||[Feb. 12th, 2008|11:56 pm]
[x-posted to my own journal; please excuse duplication]
I ran across this on Zenit:
Dateless? An Angel to the Rescue: Web Site Offers Novena Prayer to St. Raphael
I'm totally doing this! Actually, I have prayed novenas to St. Raphael in the past. It's probably a habit I should re-build, now that my life seems to be taking off in all kinds of new directions.
The Web site mentioned in the article lists a few different prayers, but I think I shall use this one below, which I consider the most powerful and beautiful, and the most suitable for my state in life and my heart's desires:
O Raphael, lead us towards those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us! Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings and Catholic singles, lead us by the hand towards those we are looking for! May all our movements, all their movements, be guided by your Light and transfigured by your Joy. Angel Guide of Tobias, lay the request we now address to you at the feet of Him on whose unveiled Face you are privileged to gaze. Lonely and tired, crushed by the separations and sorrows of earth, we feel the need of calling to you and of pleading for the protection of your wings, so that we may not be as strangers in the Province of Joy, all ignorant of the concerns of our country. Remember the weak, you who are strong--you whose home lies beyond the region of thunder, in a land that is always peaceful, always serene, and bright with the resplendent glory of God. Amen.
Of course, one of the great things about St. Raphael is his versatility! You just have to love the wide array of services he provides. He keeps away nightmares. He brings us to union with friends and spouses and other relations. He administers healing to our bodies, minds, and souls. He presents our prayers to God. He watches over travelers. He guides the young. He accompanies the lonely.
He's a great person to turn to--and probably not nearly as well-known or as often turned to as he should be!