Thief is stabbed by angel statue’s sword after trying to steal it from Mexican church

Divine justice! Thief is stabbed by angel statue’s sword after trying to steal it from Mexican church and tripping over

  • Whilst drunk, a man in Mexico injured himself attempting to steal from a church
  • A statue of St. Michael holding a sword was taken in the darkness of night
  • The drunk man tripped, seriously injuring himself in the process  

A drunk man has injured himself whilst attempting to steal the sword of a statue of St. Michael the Archangel from a church in Mexico

The 32 year-old Michael Alonso visited his local church in Monterrey in the early hours of 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 noticed the incident at the church entrance called for assistance where shortly after he made contact with local authorities. He received much needed medical attention before being handed over to police. The statue was undamaged and returned to the church.

St. Michael is usually seen carrying a sword due to his affiliations with protecting the heavenly realm from heathenism and the Devil

St. Michael is usually seen carrying a sword due to his affiliations with protecting the heavenly realm from heathenism and the Devil

The interior of Christ the King Parish in Monterrey where the thief attempted to steal the statue of St. Michael before accidentally becoming self impaled by the statues sword

The interior of Christ the King Parish in Monterrey where the thief attempted to steal the statue of St. Michael before accidentally becoming self impaled by the statues sword

In Catholicism the Archangel St. Michael is seen as the defender of the heavenly host and the helper of the armies of god against the Devil, which is why he is usually always depicted with a sword. 

In the Bible passage, Revelation 12:7-8 it reads, ‘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 celebrate the feast day of Saint Michael, also known as Michaelmas, on September 29th, where tradition dictates a day spent with family and a meal prepared made up of goose stuffed with potatoes, vegetables and herbs.

Many of the locals saw Alonso's injury as divine karma. Giving the saint a well deserved addition to his fearsome legacy as a warrior

Many of the locals saw Alonso’s injury as divine karma. Giving the saint a well deserved addition to his fearsome legacy as a warrior

Given that over 75% of Mexico are practicing Catholics the symbolism that St. Michael holds is not an insignificant one. 

The thief being cut by the blade of St. Michael, defender of the church, has been called by some local residents as divine retribution.

Lupita, a local shop owner in Monterrey, told ABC Noticias as much. 

 That happened to him for doing bad things,” she said. “Saint Michael is for protection, to combat evil, I think that’s why that happened to him.”

The church was targeted again back in October as another thief tried to steal the statue of an alter boy, but was quickly apprehended by police.

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