Saint Raphael is one of the three angels mentioned in the Bible whom we know by name. He is also one of the seven that stand before God’s throne.
In the book of Tobias we encounter an enchanting story of this saint’s miraculous powers and his tender care towards travelers and the sick. The young man Tobias was about to set off on a journey to a distant city, a journey that was to be full of peril, and his father was worried about his son’s safety.
Continuing on their journey they are shown hospitality in the home of one of Tobias’ kinsman.
Tobias the elder had in the meantime been battling against blindness. On the return of his son he is suddenly cured by the stranger. Full of joy, he and Tobias set aside a portion of their wealth with which they wish to reward their faithful friend.
The story of Tobias holds many truths. The way in which God most often acts not by fiat but through the operation of secondary causes, or instruments, is clearly present. So too is the ethos of ‘the constant prayers of the just man’ being very powerful with God.
St. Raphael, is the patron of many causes including joy, marriage, cure of blindness, eye problems, mental illnesses and sickness, travelers and immigrants.
Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel
Glorious Archangel, St. Raphael, great prince of the Heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.