A few years ago, I began a litany to Archangel Raphael, whose feast is today, and shared by Michael and Gabriel. I was trying to pull out themes from the book of Tobit, in which he figures prominently.
Raphael, messenger from God, pray for us.
Raphael, trusted companion and guide, pray for us.
Raphael, knowledgeable healer, pray for us.
Raphael, whisperer of love and marriage, pray for us.
Raphael, binder of demons, pray for us.
Raphael, source of good advice, pray for us.
Raphael, affirmation for generosity, pray for us.
The archangel has good words for generosity when Tobiah suggests to his father than an apt reward for his successful journey is to give half the loot to the companion. A nice canticle for sacrificial giving:
Give him the praise and the glory.
Before all the living,
acknowledge the many good things he has done for you,
by blessing and extolling his name in song.
Before all people, honor and proclaim God’s deeds,
and do not be slack in praising him.
A king’s secret it is prudent to keep,
but the works of God are to be declared and made known.
Praise them with due honor.
Do good, and evil will not find its way to you.
Prayer and fasting are good,
but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness.
A little with righteousness is better than abundance with wickedness.
It is better to give alms than to store up gold;
for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates every sin.
Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life;
but those habitually guilty of sin are their own worst enemies. (Tobit 12: 6b-10)