Saint Raphael is one of the seven Archangels in Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican traditions. He is known as the patron saint of travelers, the blind, and those suffering from physical and emotional healing. Many believers pray to him for physical and emotional healing, and some even attribute miraculous healings to his intercession. He is also invoked for protection during dangerous journeys and for healing of the sick.
Raphael's name means "God has healed" in Hebrew. He is mentioned in the Book of Tobit, where he poses as a human named Azariah and guides Tobit's son, Tobiah, on a journey. During this journey, Raphael reveals himself as an angel and heals Tobiah's father, Tobit, of his blindness.
Raphael's feast day is celebrated on September 29th in the Catholic Church. He was not officially canonized by the Catholic Church, as the concept of canonization did not exist at the time of his biblical accounts. He was born in the late third century in the city of Stridon, in what is now Croatia. He is believed to have died in 305 AD, though the exact date is unknown.
Raphael is often depicted in art as a young man holding a fish, which is a symbol of his healing powers, or a staff and a traveling bag, representing his role as a guide and protector for travelers.
In addition to his duties as a patron saint, Saint Raphael is known for his many acts of kindness. He is said to have traveled to many places in an effort to help those in need. He is believed to have provided guidance, comfort, and strength to those who sought it.
Saint Raphael’s life and teachings are an inspiration to many. He is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, we can still find hope and faith. He is a source of comfort for those who are struggling and a symbol of strength for those who need it.