This Michaelmas season gifted me with a story from my daughter Kasandra, who is also in my class.

One morning, I told my class the story of St. George and the dragon, as an entry to Michaelmas, everyone was absorbed with the story. I’m pretty sure though that I didn’t make mention of Archangel Michael during my storytelling as I was saving his name for the next day.

During dinner preparation at home, later that day, Kasandra told me and her younger sister a story. It was a long story about St. George which she had made up by herself. But I was struck when she reached the part where she told the conversation between St. Michael and George.

It went like this:

“Unsaon nako pagpildi kining bakunawa? Dili nako ni kaya, dako kaayo kini,” miingon si George (How can I defeat the dragon? I cannot do this, it’s so huge,” says George).

Mitubag si St. Michael, “Ayaw og kahadlok. Tabangan tika. Misugot si George ug gitudloan siya ni St. Michael sa pakigsangka (Michael replied, “Don’t be afraid. I will help you.” George agreed and St. Michael guided him in battle).”

“Ug didto, napildi ni George ug ni St. Michael ang bakunawa (And so, George and St. Michael defeated the dragon).”

I was in awe as I listened to Kasandra’s story. It’s as if, my daughter has pieced the puzzle without me feeding it to her.

This is the gift of Michaelmas to me. It resounded in my soul to never fear as I battle my inner dragons because he, together with Christ, will be with me all along.

May you and your family have a blessed Michaelmas!

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