VIDEO: Where Saint Michael Appeared

By TFP Student Action   
September 27, 2010
“And there was a great battle in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels. And they prevailed not…” (Apocalypse 12:7)

Watch this marvelous video of Mont Saint Michel

 

Off the coast of Normandy, France, there is a marvelous rocky island where Saint Michael appeared to Saint Aubert, Bishop of Avranches in 708.  Nowhere is Saint Michael’s presence more keenly felt than at Mont Saint Michel.

Treasure of Christendom

Once known as the Tomb on the Hill, this medieval abbey-fortress was built in honor of Saint Michael.   Today, pilgrims can still admire the marvels of this dazzling monument which typifies the sublime virtues of the warrior-monk, of bravery and fortitude.

Its lofty steeple speaks of the monastic life and sacrality; of something higher, something heavenly, something more than mere stone.  Its beauty transcends stone and mortar and lifts the soul to a higher plain.  What is this spirit?  Did the Archangel bestow some of his spiritual beauty upon this mount?

Mont Saint Michel
Normandy, France: this medieval abbey-fortress was built in honor of Saint Michael.
Something Spiritual

Somehow, the monument allows us to form a supernatural glimpse of Saint Michael.  There is something spiritual about it; something sublime that transcends art, and is apparent to those with refined spiritual perception.

If this monument reveals the soul of the warrior-monk, who prays and fights, we can understand how much more beautiful is the spirit of an Angel.  The spirit of Saint Michael is more beautiful than the soul of a monk, because he is a “monk” in the immense monastery of Heaven, where there is a perfect Abbess, Our Lady, and above the Abbess, an infinitely perfect Abbot, God Our Lord.

Devotion to Warrior Angels

Saint Michael
Saint Michael the Archangel.
In the Middle Ages, men had a great devotion to Angels, especially the warrior Angels. They understood how the Angels waged the first battle against evil in history.  The chief knight was Saint Michael.  Therefore, the spirit of the Crusades, the spirit of Chivalry, and the spirit of this mount reflect Saint Michael.

Now, let’s visit the abbey, a fortress-Church.  One can imagine monks chanting the office and one can also imagine knights in full armor, resisting the enemy on the walls.

Picture, if you can, magnificent libraries… monks studying; in another hall, artisans writing gold-leafed gothic letters on parchment, or cutting stones to decorate an unfinished pillar.  Suddenly, a trumpet blast cuts the silent air.  At once, the order of Chivalry that resides here responds.  Knights rush to the gates, repel the enemy and defend the monks.

The island is a synthesis of prayer, study, recollection, art and combat.  All of these qualities stem from a rich spiritual life.

Think about God

The finest location is given to the chapel.  The chapel sets the tone for everything else.  There are places also dedicated to war and study.  But what unites the buildings and gives the island unity is the Church steeple.  It is like a paper weight resting on other papers and seems to say:  “the wind will not blow these buildings away. They will stay right where they are.”  And the Church steeple points to Heaven, beckoning the faithful to think about God.

Editor’s note: This commentary was inspired by a talk given by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira about Saint Michael.

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+17 # Theresa Rothenbach 2010-09-28 10:01
I really needed to read, all that you said, about St. Michael. He is the one saint I always turn to right away. I love him very much. Thank you for the beautiful article. Yes, I have many situations that he has saved my life. Once he left his hand print on me where he held me so I would not have been thrown out of my car that I was driving. Police do not know how I was able to walk away from that accident. The doctors saw the huge hand print on my body where someone held me. God bless you.
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+6 # Terry MacPherson 2010-09-28 11:11
Lovely presentation. Thanks very much.
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+11 # Celeste 2010-09-28 12:05
Thank you for sharing this article and testimonial. This is what Catholics need to know. Every day we have to be more active on testimonials and this is the best way to do it... miracles happen every day, every minute, we have our Father that is alive forever. Thank you and God bless you!!!
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+13 # Mary Tiller 2010-09-28 13:48
I pray daily to St. Michael and ask Him to keep my great grandchildren safe from all harm and evil. This article was especially interesting to read since I love all the alerts on the America needs Fatima web-site. We all need to pray to the Angels and Saints for their intercession on our behalf. God Bless
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+8 # LizBB 2010-09-28 15:41
I could also feel the spiritual force present in places that were named after St. Michael.
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+15 # Lien van der Velden 2010-09-28 16:35
Thank you for this wonderful e-mail and all the good work that you do in defending the faith.I love St. Michael the Archangel and say the prayer to him often, especially when worries about my children beset me. Also I say this prayer to assist all prayer warriors outside abortion clinics who are doing the 40 Days for Life. How great is our God to give us such a helper!
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+8 # John Early 2010-09-28 18:01
I've been to Mont St. Michel twice, and it is surely a most spiritual venue. Thank you for the lovely video.
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+13 # Francine Tussey 2010-09-28 18:45
I would like to see the St. Michael the Archangel prayer Prayed at the end of every Mass.
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+2 # Gregory Schuller Sr 2013-02-12 12:50
To hear St. Michael prayer after each Mass go to a Tridentine Latin Mass and feel the fullness that has been missing from Mass since 1968 and Vatican II. Pope St Leo put forth an edict that St. Michael's prayer was to be said after each Mass but the Novus Order changed it
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0 # Emmy Consiglio 2013-09-24 19:12
I have now been to two different Novus Ordo parishes that without fail say the prayer to St. Michael after Sunday Mass--most recently, St. Timothy's in Mesa, AZ. So apparently it is up to the priest to decide whether to institute that practice. What if all of us who love that prayer make that request of our priests? If many many people ask for it, who knows? More of our priests might decide to it. Cant hurt to ask . . .
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+8 # Raquel Rego 2010-09-28 18:50
Thanks, Mr. Richie for bringing in emphasis about this beautiful heavenly creation that continue to battle against evil for us. I am so mesmerized to learn and know about them. You made me closer and attentive to who this Angel is.
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+10 # Millie 2010-09-28 22:21
St. Michael's Chaplet is very powerful prayer. I say it daily and strongly recommend to all who are devoted to him to read the novel, "One Nation Under God: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming..." Approved by many Catholic priests and nuns and in many Catholic school libraries.
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+11 # Kerry 2010-09-28 23:20
Magnificent!!!!!!
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+12 # Bill Polakiewicz 2010-09-29 03:23
This is so wonderful. I pray to St. Michael each morning after Mass. I pray that some day our rich Catholic history can be taught in all public schools. This is true history.
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+10 # paramedicgirl 2010-09-29 11:01
Beautiful! Thank you for posting this. Saint Michael holds a special place in my prayers, since he is the patron saint of paramedics.
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+12 # Diane 2010-09-29 13:59
These great articles are very pleasing to those of us who have been helped by St. Michael and have a daily devotion to him. It always touches my heart that God loves us so much that He sends His most powerful and beautiful Angel, St. Michael to help us. I'm sure the Blessed Mother's intercession has something to do with that too. Be consecrated to Jesus through Mary and you will always know St. Michael's help.
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+10 # patsy 2010-09-29 16:40
Thank you, I love St Michael, he is our hero and ETWN had a lovely Mass honoring him today. God bless you.
Patsy
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+8 # Christina Greaves 2010-09-30 23:21
THANK YOU FOR THIS AMAZING VIDEO-CLIP.
A REAL SPIRITUAL PLACE. GOD BLESS YOU.
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+12 # Jeanne Rogers 2010-10-05 09:01
+Thank you for this beautiful video. I had the privilege to visit this Church Treasure and pray I will return one day. St. Michael, defend us in battle...protect our country from self-destruction. Amen.
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+8 # Rebecca Ang Villafan 2011-09-27 22:10
WONDERFUL! St. Michael please pray, protect, guide and lead us to God's Kingdom. Amen
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+5 # Oscar Salvosa 2011-09-28 12:42
Thank you very much.St. Michael is my Patron Saint, & together with my wife,always provide a prayer manual in all our pilgrimages with The Chaplet of St. Michael printed & prayed daily in the road/s.We were privileged by God to visit St.Michael's Shrines in Italy,Mexico & France.We love St.Michael very much & place our safety & salvation under his care always & forever!!!
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+7 # Luis M 2011-09-28 13:28
St. Michael Archangel is a grat Gift of the God to our world
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+5 # Selma Flood 2011-09-28 16:51
We visited this beautiful Mont St. Michael. It was quaint and spiritual. I wish I knew what is written here, before
I visited. But I will always cherish this
visit. I love St. Michael. Tomorrow is
his feast, the 29th Sept. My husband's
birthday is today, 28th. St. Michael
protect us and our family from all evil.
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+3 # John T. Allardyce 2011-09-28 21:20
I LOVE ST.MICHAEL! NAMED MY SON AFTER HIM.
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+5 # Haydèe Poblet. 2011-09-28 21:28
Thank you for this beautiful video !
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+8 # JUMBAM.B.Joseph 2011-09-29 02:07
Thank you very sincerely for sharing this wonderful story, I enjoyed every line of it and will make an effort to pray to St Michael for protection for my family. God Bless You.
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+5 # lavina 2011-09-29 03:11
Thank you very much. I am very grateful to you to make me see the site today on the feast day of st Michael. I am very happy. Thank you and God bless you lots.
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+3 # JeanCeleste. ALASK A 2012-01-12 00:31
What a glorious surprise to find this in my e-mail today! Yes, I was there for a day of wonder and joy in JUNE 1959. We spent 3½ months driving in 16 countries in Europe that summer--
Mont Saint Michele was amazing!The raised road was covered with water when the tide came in!!
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+3 # Teresa Costanzo 2012-01-14 14:35
I was blessed to study in France a few years back,and yes I visited this magnificent edifice. One can still feel a holy presence. I've seen a bit of the world, Mt. Saint Michel is my favorite.
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+2 # Carol Brennan 2012-04-10 17:08
Our family grew up in St. Michael Parish-Shrewsbury, MO. With dedication instilled by our parents to our Blessed Mother, we have all witnessed the protection and salvation thanks to St. Michael. The Hail Mary and St. Michael prayer are so very precious to many.
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0 # Kathleen 2013-05-13 15:36
This just may be what gets my husband, Michael,(and me!) to France, which he likes well enough, but not the French.
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0 # Josie 2013-09-25 16:44
3 years ago I was blessed to visit the Cave of St. Michael on Mount St. Angelo near Valle Rotondo (St. Padre Pio) Italy. According to written documents, the story goes that St. Michael appeared there to a 33rd leader commander of the Siponto armies and on that specific day he was attending to his herds on the Gargano Mountain, when suddenly his most prized bull disappeared.
the owner searching for him found him kneeling down at the opening of a cave. Angrily, he shot an arrow at the rebellious bull, but instead of hitting the animal, the arrow, unaccountably, wounded his foot. Concerned the lord went to see the bishop who ordered 3 days of prayer and penance. On the 3rd day the Archangel Michael appeared to the bishop saying; "I am the Archangel Michael, and I am always in the presence of God. The cave is sacred to me, I have chosen it; I myself am its watchful custodian...There were the rock opens wide the sins of men can be forgiven...(continued in the next post)
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0 # Josie 2013-09-25 17:10
(Continued from prior post)....What is asked for here in prayer will be granted. Therefore, go to the mountain and dedicate the grotto to the Christian religion."

This grotto or cave today is still in its original state. There total silence inside the grotto and no one is allowed to take picture, films or talk. There were a total of 4 apparitions, 490, 492, 493 and 1656.

There is more to the story...how St. Michael saved the ppl from the invasion of the Greeks and from a great pestilence. Also…

The bishop wanted to consecrate the cave to St. Michael but He appeared to the bishop saying He had already consecrated the cave...thus this cave is the ONLY shrine in the world not consecrated by a human. It is now UNISCO protected.
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0 # Mary Johnson 2013-12-15 10:09
I had the privilege of visiting the cave of St. Michael also and it was very moving. I agree the practice of saying the St. Michael Prayer after every Mass should be resumed, which the priest at my home parish (Father Michael Peltzer) has done. We definitely need st. Micheal's protection against all the evil in the world.
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0 # Diana Giglia 2014-05-14 16:24
How beautiful that we still have something so inspiring to look at today. I thank St. Michael for his ministry of protection, especially of priests, and am grateful to God that St. Michael protects me also, and all God send to him. May he help to protect and defend the United States of America too from the evil that is pursuing us now.
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