Mont Saint Michel: An Angelic Island on Earth


“a sublime example of angelic influence in Christian Civilization”

The incredible island of Mont Saint Michel is a sublime example of angelic influence in Christian Civilization.

The small patch of land lies in a bay off the coast of Normandy, France, and has held a Catholic presence since the eighth century when Saint Michael the Archangel appeared and requested that a church be erected there in his honor.

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Over the centuries, the small church was expanded to an abbey hosting acommunity of Benedictine monks, then to a monastery with crypts and cloisters, and eventually, to a strategic military position with defensive fortifications and a medieval village.

DSC_3506The mount’s surreal beauty provokes great joy and awe. From the coast, the tower is visible miles away, and at that hazy distance appears like a fantastic mirage more than a solid stronghold. This idyllic view invites marveling souls to turn beyond worldly considerations, and contemplate higher ideals.

The harmony of the military fortifications and the religious abbey perfectly honor Saint Michael in his different attributes. He is the one who rallied the DSC_3520angelic hosts with the cry of, “Who is like unto God?” and cast the rebellious angels along with Satan out of heaven. According to tradition he is also one of the angels who stand before the throne of God singing eternal praise.

In a word, Mont Saint Michel’s transcendent beauty is an example of divine grace. Grace is the created participation in the uncreated life of God. When men correspond to the grace of God, the great marvels of history are worked and angelic edifices such as Mont Saint Michel are built.


“The mount’s surreal beauty provokes great joy and awe”



  • Incredibly fabulously awesome place. Where are the great builders & artists today? We need a new Renaissance

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  • Edward Koestner

    Sure do. This is heavenly. I wish I lived there.

  • Carmel Carlisle

    Mount St. Michael looked beautiful in your photograph, I would love to visit it.❤️

  • mary dean

    beautiful would like to visit it at 87, using oxygen in a wheel chair not able to walk so I guess I will be content to look at pictures that castle? is outstanding

  • When men cooperate with grace, you discover that magnificent monuments such as this become possible. While Europe still has these gems for us to visit, we should pray that souls will be inspired to create our very own ones, unique to us, right here in the land of the free and the home of the brave.