September 29                                                                                   Patron of Travelers
RAPHAEL first appeared in Holy Scripture in the Book of Tobit. He called himself "Azariah" when, in human form, he became
the traveling companion of the young Tobiah on his journey to Rages. Tobiah was going to this city in the country of the Medes to collect a debt owed to his father. Raphael kept Tobiah from all danger and brought him back safely to his father's house. He also found a very good wife for the young man, and cured his father's blindness. The angel then made himself known in these words: "I am the Archangel Raphael, one of the seven spirits who stand before the throne of God."
They all wondered why God sent them an angel. Raphael replied, "Because you have always worshiped God, buried the dead, were kind to the poor, bore your troubles bravely, God sent me to you. Praise the Lord of heaven who has shown you His mercy!"
The name Raphael means "God has healed." St. Raphael is the patron of travelers, physicians, and young people, especially to help them in their vocation. He is called the angel of love and joy.
O God, You gave St. Raphael, the Archangel, to Your servant Tobiah as a companion on his journey. Grant that we may always be protected by his care and strengthened by his help.

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