February 1, 2023

A drunk man has injured himself trying to steal a statue of Saint Michael the Archangel carrying a sword from a church in Mexico.

Michael Alonso, 32, visited his local church in Monterrey in the early hours of the morning. According to a report translated by the Catholic News AgencyAlonso broke into the church at night before tripping and slashing his neck with his sword causing serious injuries.

Locals who noticed the incident at the entrance of the church called for help and contacted local authorities soon after. He received much-needed medical attention before being turned over to the police. The statue was not damaged and was returned to the church.

Saint Michael is usually seen carrying a sword due to his affiliation with the heavenly realm’s protection from paganism and the Devil.

The Interior Of The Cristo Rey Parish In Monterrey, Where The Thief Attempted To Steal The Statue Of Saint Michael Before Being Accidentally Impaled On The Statue'S Sword.

The interior of the Cristo Rey parish in Monterrey, where the thief attempted to steal the statue of Saint Michael before being accidentally impaled on the statue’s sword.

In Catholicism, the Archangel Saint Michael is seen as the defender of the heavenly hosts and the helper of the armies of God against the devil, which is why he is always represented with a sword.

In the Bible passage, Revelation 12:7-8 says: ‘Then war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and the angels defended themselves from him, but he was defeated, and there was no longer a place for them in heaven.’

Catholics celebrate the feast of Saint Michael, also known as Michaelmas, on September 29, where tradition dictates a day with the family and a meal prepared with goose stuffed with potatoes, vegetables and herbs.

Given that more than 75% of Mexico are practicing Catholics, the symbolism that San Miguel holds is not minor.

The thief being cut by the sword of San Miguel, defender of the church, has been called by some neighbors as a divine retribution.

Lupita, owner of a local store in Monterrey, said ABC News as much.

That happened to him for doing bad things,’ he said. “San Miguel is for protection, to combat evil, I think that’s why that happened to him.”

The church was attacked again in October when another thief tried to steal an altar boy’s statue, but was quickly apprehended by police.