“Quis ut Deus”
Quis ut Deus – Who is like God?
St. Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of our high school. This phrase graces the statue at the front entrance of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School. In some traditions, this phrase is a questioning cry placed on the lips of St. Michael, as he chased Lucifer from the presence of the Lord. Lucifer’s sin was to grasp at, to claim divine qualities to himself. Stirred by his devotion to the Lord, he cried “Who is like God?” as he defended the Lord’s name. Another strand of the tradition places it as description of St. Michael himself, that he is the one “Who is like God.”
Grace makes us like God, and as an archangel close to the throne of God, he radiated the holiness of God Himself.
The “one who is like God” is the one who is fully alive, transformed by grace, living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. This grace gives us courage, making us strong and secure. This grace also makes us humble, always able to recognize that every good we possess we have received as a gift. He is a model of vigilance, of service, and of protection. It is our hope that every graduate of SMA will, one day, be “one who is like God.”
At the end of the 19th century, Pope Leo XIII had a prophetic vision of the coming terrors of the 20th century. He heard the voice of Satan bartering with God for one hundred years to wreak havoc on the world. After the vision, he composed the prayer to St. Michael, asking for his special protection against the attacks of the Evil One. It is our custom at St. Michael to pray this prayer at the beginning of every day, after every Mass, and at SMA events. It is a reminder that there is a spiritual battle for our souls, but more importantly Jesus Christ has already won the victory. He has given us St. Michael the Archangel to be our defender, safeguard, and protector.