Some quick points:
- For whatever we think about choosing this or that patron saint on whom to lean especially when the going gets tough, the reality is more about whatever saint, human or angelic, who picks us up as a special project.
- That patron saint isn’t at all interested in helping us avoid this or that circumstance that we don’t particularly like, because what’s important to them is that we learn to look to our Lord in loving trust in whatever situation, they perhaps having suffered through precisely what we would rather avoid, and, to say it honestly, what we would rather avoid so as not to have any deeper loving trust in Mary’s Divine Son, you know, because that would cost us having to stop depending so much on ourselves, on our make-pretend control of whatever in our lives.
- Thus, while Saint Damian the leper might intercede with God for a cure of someone’s leprosy, if that does the person or those around that leper some spiritual good, the saint is much more interested in having the person look to our Lord in humble thanksgiving no matter what, no matter how bad the leprosy gets, and so perhaps bringing many more to heaven because of such a serene faith in adverse conditions.
- Thus, when LEOs call on Saint Michael the Archangel, warrior for the cause of right that he is, such a magnificent spiritual being might well not help the LEO to avoid injury or death, wanting instead, in view of eternal life, that the officer look to our Lord in such pain and suffering, perhaps in the last moments of life, to that, aimed at heaven at their passing, they might enter into their eternal reward. After all, it does take some of us going through catastrophic events to have us finally turn to the Lord in deep sincerity. For the angels in our regard, it’s all about “whatever it takes.”
- Having said that, yes, of course, all the saints, angelic and human, are filled with God’s own love, and they will hear our petitions such as “Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!” And, if it be for our benefit or that of others, if it be according to God’s will, they will certainly answer that prayer. Sometimes we are surprised at how our prayers are answered, but they are answered always in a way that is for our best good. Sometimes we shoot too low. The saints help us to be on target with our petitions.
- So, if an officer were to pray to Saint Michael for a good arrest, instead of, say, a good encounter which may or may not end in arrest, depending, our angelic friend will go out of his way to make sure that it’s an encounter that will do good for all involved, come what may, arrest or no arrest. The officer might not be quite ready for such sincerity, and so things might go badly indeed, but getting smacked down by one’s guardian angel for said purpose is a job Saint Michael will gladly delegate our guardian angels to take up with added vigor. Asking for the help of patron saints is serious business. They will take it seriously even if we don’t, especially if we don’t.
- Having said all that, invoking Saint Michael “Who Is Like God”, so humble is he as to let God’s goodness and kindness and justice and truth shine through him… that always does good for the soul, you know, being reminded that one’s modus agendi is to involve humility, and not only justice and truth, but also goodness and kindness.
- The more one asks for Saint Michael’s help, the less corruption or abuse of office will be possible, either because one learns humility, or because subconsciously one makes sure that one is found out (the ironies are innumerable), or because one is removed from employment for whatever reason. Again, invoking Saint Michael is serious business and will do good for our souls one way or the other if we have even the tiniest smidgen of sincerity, of humility.
- Finally, as I’ve said before, Saint Michael doesn’t take it lightly when his own are dissed. Saint Michael is, as it were, God’s first police officer. When someone tries to hurt police officers, Saint Michael takes it personally. Saint Michael is not someone you want against you. So…
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.