Angels Among Us: A Personal Witness

“For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11

With Autumn comes two excellent feast days. On September 29 we celebrate the feast of the Archangels and on October 2 we celebrate the obligatory memorial of the Guardian Angels.

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I love these celebrations of the angels and I love knowing that God has given each of us our own angel to watch over us and protect us. (Between you and me, I am convinced that God gives little boys more than one guardian angel – at least to my physical, somewhat clumsy son! LOL!)

Devotion to the Holy Angels was something that was taught to me much of my life. I was taught to give my guardian angel a name and to pray to him (and all the angels) daily. I was also taught say the prayer to Saint Michael every day. To this day, I still pray to the angels and am trying to teach my son to do so too.

So, in honor of the Guardian Angels, I want to share a couple of real life examples of encounters with Angels. They may sound crazy, but I promise you, they are absolutely true.

This first event happened way back in the dark ages, when I was seventeen. {smile}

One night, when it was already dark, I was driving with a guy-friend. My friend was making a left-hand turn when his car stalled: Right in the middle of the street. In the meantime, there was another car barreling toward us from the opposite direction at full speed. I don’t know if that person saw us or not because he/she never slowed down, not even a little. Can you say panic?!

All of a sudden, when the other car was only a few feet away, our car was lifted up and out of the way! It wasn’t lifted up very high; just high enough to get across the intersection. There was no one around, our car hadn’t started, nor did that person coming toward us stop at all. It just continued speeding down the road as if we weren’t even there. It was the craziest thing!

Needless to say, both of us were quite shaken up. At the time of the incident, my friend didn’t have much of a relationship with the Lord and I was just re-discovering my faith. And I can tell you, that incident left a deep impression on me and my faith. I have never forgotten that night and I don’t think I ever will.

Another “encounter” with an angel that happened to me was in 2004. I was on a pilgrimage with my husband and some others to Medjugorje*. On the bus ride from the airport to the village Medjugorje, I saw a warrior angel in the sky. I am not sure how I knew it was a warrior angel but I had the distinct impression that this angel was protecting us during the course of our trip. And, that sense of protection stayed with me the whole time we were in the Village and surrounding areas.

I believe that there have been dozens of little ways the angels have protected us over the years; many of which, I’m sure, I never even noticed or recognized. These two events, however, have been permanently embedded in my mind and heart! It is comforting to know that God “has our backs” and sends His Angels to watch over us and protect us. Isn’t it?

What about you? Have you ever had an encounter with an angel or felt his/her protection in your life? Please, do share them with us in the comments.

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*Although my experience at Medjugorje was positive, and I personally believe they are true, the jury is still out in regards to the apparitions of Medjugorje and they have not yet been officially approved by the Church. I will submit completely to the decision of the Church regarding these apparitions, whatever that decision may be.

(If you want to learn more about our Catholic belief in the angels check out the Catechism of the Catholic Church numbers 328-349.)

Top Ten Favorite Christian Books

Last week I shared our Top Ten Children’s Books. This week I thought I’d share my top ten favorite Christian books (for grown-ups!). These are all books that have had an impact on my spiritual or family life.

1. The Holy Bible. I suppose this should be a given, but I am including it anyway. 🙂 There is absolutely no “book” more crucial to living an authentic Christian life than the bible.  I try to spend time praying the scriptures at least a few days a week when I can.

2. The Catholic Catechism. The Catechism is a “must have” companion to the bible. It is not a book that you read from cover to cover. It is a book that you can go from section to section as you need. Part Four of the Catechism is an absolutely beautiful expose of the Our Father. If you haven’t read the section on the Our Father, you should!

3. The Imitation of Christ. I can’t tell you how many times I have re-read this book! It is a classic book loaded with admonitions, prayers and advice for living a Christian life.

4. Abandonment to Divine Providence. This is another awesome classic! This sneak peek says it all: “If the work of our sanctification presents, apparently, the most insurmountable difficulties, it is because we do not know how to form a just idea of it. In reality sanctity can be reduced to one single practice, fidelity to the duties appointed by God. Now this fidelity is equally within each one’s power whether in its active practice, or passive exercise.”

5. Handbook of Prayers. I’ve only had this book since January and it’s already has that “well-worn” look! It is chock-full of classic prayers, novenas and devotions. It even has the prayers in both English and Latin. I keep this book by my bedside and use it every day.

6. Divine Mercy in My Soul. I read all or parts of this book every Lenten season. This book relates the experiences and visions of Saint Faustina Kowalska. It is from her that the Lord gave us the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Feast of Divine Mercy.

7. True Devotion to Mary. This book from Saint Louis de Montfort expounds on why we should have devotion to Mary and what perfect consecration to Jesus through Mary means. It also includes the 33 days of preparation for the consecration. I use this almost every year when I renew my consecration.

8. A Mother’s Rule of Life. This book by Holly Pierlot is a wonderfully practical book. Taking the idea from a religious order’s rule of life, Holly shows us how to balance our “Five ‘P’s” (Prayer, Person, Partner, Parent and Provider) by creating our own “Mother’s Rule.”  I confess to being a total failure on this. I’ve made and tweaked (and tweaked and tweaked!) my own rule but often forget to follow my own rule! I keep going back to this book though, for inspiration and keep trying!

9. The Trial of Faith of St. Therese of Lisieux. I have to come clean here: before reading this book I didn’t have much appreciation or devotion to Saint Therese. She seemed “too flowery” and “up in the clouds” for me. I’m a very practical person and she didn’t seem very practical to me. Boy was I wrong! She suffered tremendously and even suffered doubts about God. This book changed the way I thought of St. Therese and of suffering.  If you are ever struggling with your faith you should consider reading this book!

10. The Way, Furrow, The Forge. This book is actually a compilation of three books by Saint Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. They are exhortations, counsels and food for thought to be taken with you during times of meditations. In the words of Saint Josemaria himself: “Read these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things that I whisper in your ear-confiding them-as a friend, as a brother, as a father. And they are being heard by God. I won’t tell you anything new. I will only stir your memory, so that some thought will arise and strike you; and so you will better your life and set out along ways of prayer and of Love. And in the end you will be a more worthy soul.”

What are you favorite Christian books? Do share! And don’t forget to add your own Top Tens post over a Oh Amanda!