I love St. Raphael! What a patron for all of us maneuvering this valley of tears. First of all, he heals physical ailments. He cured Tobit of his blindness, but only after a long trial for the dear old man.
But he isn't only a healer of the body. Raphael also intercedes for the healing of the mind and emotions. He can help us with the difficult people in our lives who are most hard to love. St. Raphael guides our thoughts into constructive paths. He can whisper solutions in our ears and suggestions for our own charitable behavior.
Think of his tender consideration for Tobias as the young man left home to seek a wife and the problem he encountered when he met Sarah. All her previous marriages resulted in the death of her spouses on their wedding nights because of the infestation of a devil. But Raphael helps Tobias overcome any worry and anxiety and his influence leads the young lover to kneel with his bride and pray. God is bigger than the boogie man, as the Veggie Tales song says.
What a great intercessor for our time when so many are addicted to drugs and behavior that hurts the body, mental and emotional problems that plague the mind, and spiritual problems that turn the heart and soul into a dry and barren tree. With St. Raphael as our guide, all these challenges of body, mind and spirit can be turned to opportunities of grace.