My fascination with angels began at age 11 when I had a brief supernatural experience at a cousin’s house. I woke up one morning to see two silent, somewhat-transparent figures standing with their backs toward me. One had short brown hair and the other had long blond hair, and they appeared to be wearing white robes. I remember feeling afraid that they would turn around and I just kept chanting, “Please help me God, please help me God.” My cousin, who also saw the figures, darted back under the covers while I remained frozen and stared at them. It wasn’t until I turned on the bedside lamp that they disappeared. I’m not sure if they were ghosts or angels, but I like to think that they were angels!
Since then, I’ve always loved to read any story or watch any show that is about personal encounters with angels! I had a well-worn Guideposts for Kids magazine that was all about angels from cover to cover. My conscious awareness of my guardian angel has come and gone over the years, though, but my passion for angels was recently reignited again! Just as I talked about the importance of the Holy Spirit a few weeks ago, our guardian angels can be powerful aides in helping us do God’s will.
Last week, I listened to a CD titled Angels Explained: What You Should Know About the Nine Choirs by Dr. Mark Miravalle courtesy of Lighthouse Catholic Media. He offered a lot of great information regarding what the Catholic church teaches and what theologians have come to agree upon in regards to angels. There were a few points by Miravalle that really stood out to me. One of which is the following two-minute transcript specifically about guardian angels:
Now, I want you to imagine a civilization of people that are superior in most every way; more intelligent, more strength of will. A higher form of creative excellence in the whole hierarchy of being. And, that God reveals to another group, another civilization of people, i.e. humans, that this higher superior group are given, in large part, to help us, to protect us, to guide us.
Now think of this unfortunate fact. That the lower group, the human group, chooses not to pay any attention to the higher group. That the lower group, for whatever reason, whether it be will or distraction, fundamentally day-by-day, ignores the higher group. How can this be pleasing to God?
Now as we’ll discuss, the lower, in fact the lowest, level of the angels, the ninth choir, from which the vast majority of guardian angels are taken, would have, fundamentally, one angel for every human being that’s ever lived, because angels don’t recycle. So just the lowest choir would have at least equal quantity of all humans from all times. This creature, your guardian angel, who was created at the beginning of time, has waited until this time for you. To guide you, to protect you, to love you, and to begin a relationship, which God-willing, will become a never-ending relationship for the rest of eternity…
We have to tap this God-given gift of spiritual persons. And, I believe in our present age, where there is a raging spiritual battle taking place, that A., God has given special graces to the angels for our times and B., We can only engage those special graces, we can only reap the power of these angels, by our human consent. We have to will it. We have to consent to it.
It’s amazing to really comtemplate that we each have our own protector to guide us along in life, so that we may grow closer to God! And just as with receiving gifts from the Holy Spirit, we have to ask and seek our angel’s help in order to obtain their special graces.
On the Angels Explained CD, Miravalle also shared a beautiful prayer of Consecration from the Opus Sanctorum Angelorum. There is a great line towards the end of The Consecration to the Holy Angels prayer that pleads, “enlighten my mind and my heart so that I may always know and accomplish the will of God.”
So as we pray and strive to use our talents and do God’s will, let’s not forget about our guardian angels who can help us along our journey. All we have to do is ask!
Do you have a special angel story to share? I’d love to hear it!
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