Never underestimate the ingenuity of Catholics and our devotions to the Communion of Saints: "Raphael, if you could save Tobit's son from instant death in his marriage bed with the black widow Sarah, surely you can intercede to God to get me a date already."
LONDON, FEB. 11, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Singles worried about spending the upcoming Valentine's Day by themselves are being encouraged to seek help through the prayers of an angelic matchmaker.
Raphael is traditionally considered an ally in the realm of love and relationships thanks to the role he played in helping Sarah and Tobit in the Old Testament.
The book of Tobit explains how Raphael delivered Sarah from an evil spirit that had brought about the death of seven husbands on seven successive wedding nights.
Monsignor Keith Barltrop, director of the Catholic Enquiry Office, explained, "Many people have testified to the help they have received in finding a life partner through the prayerful help of the archangel. At this time of year, significant numbers are seeking someone special, or maybe dealing with recent heartbreak. St. Raphael is there to help."Singles are being encouraged to join a novena starting Feb. 14...
I don't think it is a bad idea at all, but it made me smile. The website is here (warning: it speaks to you, so turn off the volume if you hate that).