“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Tobit 12:6-10



“Praise God

and tell everyone about the good things He has done for you,

so that they too will honour Him and sing His praises.

Let everyone know what God has done.

Never stop praising Him.


It’s a good idea to keep a king’s secret,

but what God does should be told everywhere,

so that He may be praised and honoured.


If you do good, no harm will come to you.


It is better to pray sincerely

and to please God by helping the poor

than to be rich and dishonest.


It is better to give to the poor than to store up gold.

Such generosity will save you from death

and will wash away all your sins.


Those who give to the poor will live full lives,

but those who live a life of sin and wickedness

are their own worst enemies.”


– Tobit 12:6-10 (NRSV)






The words of advice given in today’s passage

are by St. Raphael, the Archangel of God’s mercy and light.


St. Raphael, whose name means “God has healed” in Hebrew,

comes to bring healing to so many.

When we pray for his help,

he intercedes directly to God the Father.


He is the medicine of God,

the healing and deliverance Archangel,

who comes to relieve the ills of all burdens and sufferings

and to restore God’s people to the truth of God’s love and mercy.


He gives graces,

given over to him by the Father

and glorified by the Son’s love for mankind.


He is the Archangel of God’s mercy,

who sheds His grace, often disguised in the form of a good and holy person,

and is the one who brings us the good news of God’s mercy and grace.


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God permits trials and difficulties in life

because they serve to purify those who trust in God’s will and love,

and to strengthen the faith

of those who never give up praying to the Lord for deliverance.


When the period of testing is over,

we the faithful will praise God even more fervently

as we enjoy and recount His blessings and mercy.






Lord, send Your Angel to guard me and to deliver me from my trials and difficulties,

through the power of the Holy Spirit,

in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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