AC asks: “St Michael is referred to in the new age movement, but I do not know the role that he plays in the new age. I know he is not the same St Michael that we as Catholics request help from, but it is a distortion of and twisting of the truth into a false belief in an angel.. . .
“But his name suggests to those that are introduced to new age as the same angel that stands before God and therefore are drawn in under the lie that whatever he is involved in is safe and good and in accordance with the Holy Church. The “well it can’t be wrong as they believe in St Michael and pray to him” so these practices are okay, is the misconception and I am just trying to figure out who he is to those deep in New Age. Is he seen as a new age god?”
In the New Age, “god” is either the self or an energy force – or a combination of the two.
The St. Michael who is preached by New Agers is an imposter. Believers in the New Age are notoriously inclined to put their own spin on the beliefs of others, often trying to blend them with other religious to create a kind of “hodge-podge” that has ingredients familiar to many and therefore appealing to a wider variety of persons. This is how they lure people into the New Age – and is precisely how they are accomplishing one of the main goals of the movement – the establishment of One World Religion.
New Age angels are always focused on “empowering” people to achieve their highest potential, rid themselves of anxieties and troubles, rake in all kinds of money while being enormously successful, etc.
St. Michael is a favorite of these “Santa Claus” angels. Check out this blog about the book by Joy Pedersen called Wisdom of the Guardian which she claims will empower people to “resolve their issues affecting money, career, and relationships as well as how to create peace on earth and prepare for heaven on earth.” The book is comprised of messages from St. Michael which she claims to receive through the occult-art of channeling.
Then there’s Ronna Herman who calls herself a messenger for Archangel Michael. Her “Wisdom Teachings of Archangel Michael” offer to help people “claim self-mastery” and “attain soul-awareness and God-consciousness.”
Authentic angels are never at the beck and call of mediums and channelers. They are pure spirits who are at the command of God alone.
As the Catechism teaches: “Christ is the center of the angelic world. They are his angels: ‘When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him. They belong to him because they were created through and for him: ‘for in him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.’ They belong to him still more because he has made them messengers of his saving plan: ‘Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?'” (Catechism No. 331)
Those who say, “well, they pray to St. Michael so how bad can they be” probably aren’t aware of how the New Age sabotages the beliefs of others. And it’s not just Christian beliefs. They have so distorted the many rites and rituals of Native American spirituality that the Lakota tribe actually declared war on them (they call New Agers “plastic shamans”) in the early 90’s!
The good news is that this phony St. Michael is easy to spot, even for people who are only marginally educated in the faith. If any version of St. Michael is coming from a channeler or psychic or any other occult means, it’s not from God.