Today is the feast of the Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel (and the feast day of our many sisters with variations of those names). People frequently ask us for a book about St. Michael, as if he were the kind of saint who could have a biography. That's the thing about angels. They are a different order of creature. As Gabriel said to Zechariah, "I am Gabriel who stand before God." What a life!
The Responsorial Psalm is one of my favorites, perhaps because I am a singer: "In the sight of the angels, I will sing your praise." Of the three, it is Gabriel who has the most special role in the Pauline Family because Gabriel is the patron of audio-visual media, being himself the "media" God chose to communicate the message and invitation of the Incarnation. Vatican Radio used to have an antenna that was also a "statue" of St. Gabriel, but I think they do everything by satelite now. I couldn't find an online image of the antenna. This morning we said our Founder's prayer to St. Gabriel for all those who work in audio/video communications. Fittingly enough, it begins by invoking Gabriel's role in the Annunciation. After all, angels are first and formost messengers.