Friday, October 02, 2009

Feast of the Guardian Angels


We found out this week that we have a new Guardian Angel living at our house. This Blessed Creature may only live with us a few more days, a couple of more months or perhaps 18 years, but we welcome this Guardian Dear sent to us by God to watch over and protect our new blessing.


I wrote that on this blog back in 2004 when I discovered that I was pregnant again two years after a devastating stillbirth. That Guardian Angel is still here with my family protecting and guiding our little daughter Rosie!

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Today is the day to remind our children and ourselves to think of these noble creatures of God and thank them for all of their prayers and guidance over our lifetimes. So many times I can look back at pivotal moments in my life where I sensed a beckoning? a feeling? a thought that I didn't think originated from within my own mind. Perhaps those were the times my guardian angel was speaking to me.


There was one time in my life when I think I heard my guardian angel's audible voice, but it was only for an instant. One of Mr. Pete's friends had such an experience once too, when he was at a clear intersection and for a brief second he just knew that he should not cross. This turned out to be a life saving decision for in the next second a huge truck rolled thrrugh the stop sign and would have hit our friend and Mr. Pete. And oh how different life would have been for many people if that had happened.

I often wonder about what happens to our Guardian Angels when we die. Do they stay with us? do they get reassigned? I know when Raphael was buried the deacon commended an angel to guard his grave site. I often think about that when I go to the cemetery. I think about all of the angels who are commended to watch over all of those baby graves and I get the sensation that I am in a very holy place, surrounded by angels and saints.

I wonder too about the Guardian Angels who have guarded their person for a long time.   Did my mother meet her Guardian Angel face-to-face  after 81 years on earth?  Did my great uncle who passed away this year at 100 years of age receive a fond greeting from his angel?

After a somewhat secularized Catholic education in the post Vatican II era, I did not have any sense of the mystical parts of my Catholic Faith. But now as an older adult I am fascinated with them and relish them. Angels of course are a big part of that. So today I will try to keep that sense of miracle of our guardian angels alive for my children. As the calendar would have it - three of them have a cross country meet tonight, but I am planning on talking with them about this race as metaphor for their lives. And actually this course is perfect for it as it winds through the forest and up an amazingly tall hill just before a dash to the finish line. And maybe I can help them see that with their angels, their assigned guardians from God, the times when they are in the shadow of the forest will be a bit brighter, and perhaps life's hills won't be so difficult to climb, and certainly the fast run down them can be filled with happiness and joy. 
More on the Season of Angels and angelic feasts - here!








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