A drunk man was injured while attempting to steal a statue of St. Michael the Archangel carrying a sword from a church in Mexico.
Michael Alonso, 32, went to his local church in Monterrey early in the morning. According to a report translated by the Catholic News Agency, Alonso broke into the church at night before tripping and cutting his neck with the sword, causing serious injury.
Locals who witnessed the incident at the church entrance called for help, and he quickly made contact with local authorities. He was given much-needed medical attention before being turned over to police. The statue was not damaged and was returned to the church.
In Catholicism, the Archangel St. Michael is seen as the defender of the heavenly host and the aid of God’s armies against the Devil, which is why he is always depicted with a sword.
Revelation 12:7-8 says, ‘Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.’
Catholics observe Saint Michael’s Day, also known as Michaelmas, on September 29th, with a day spent with family and a meal prepared of goose stuffed with potatoes, vegetables, and herbs.
Given that over 75% of Mexicans are practicing Catholics, the symbolism of St. Michael is not insignificant.
Some locals have referred to the thief’s death at the hands of St. Michael, the church’s defender, as divine retribution.
Lupita, a local shop owner in Monterrey, told ABC Noticias as much.
That happened to him because he did bad things,’ she explained. ‘Saint Michael is for protection and combating evil, so I believe that’s what happened to him.’
Another thief attempted to steal an alter boy statue from the church in October, but was quickly apprehended by police.