Join me for a great reflection about the strength of a special patron, a woman married seven times, and a simple prayer to God.
“And Lord, allow us to live together to a happy old age.” These powerful closing words of Tobiah’s prayer in today’s reading, along with the short anecdote about a woman and the loss of her son, encourage us to seek comfort in Archangel Raphael’s guidance.
If you are worried about a family member, particularly any young man, invoke the assistance of the Archangel Raphael for protection over them. Pray together with your family:
Glorious Archangel Saint Raphael,
great prince of the heavenly court,
you are known for your gifts of wisdom and grace.
You are a guide of those who journey,
consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.
We ask you, assist us in all of our needs
and in all the sufferings of those we love,
as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.