Our Guardian Angels, Pray for Us!

Today is the feast of our Guardian Angels. As kids, many of us are taught the “Angel of God” prayer. Some, like myself, were taught to give our Guardian Angel a name.

Saint Michael

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However, as we get older, most of us forget or drop the devotion to our Guardian Angel altogether. Big mistake. Those powerful warriors are always by our side watching over us, praying for us, and protecting us as we journey through this crazy thing called life.

I encourage you to remember your Guardian Angel today, and every day. Have recourse to him/her who can be a great aid to you on your road to heaven!

In case you don’t know it, or forgotten it, here is the “Angel of God Prayer:”

“Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.”

And, here is a witness that I shared several years ago: http://www.simplecatholicliving.com/devotions-2/angels-among-us

Saints and Feasts in October 2015

I am actually ahead of the game this time! Woot! Hopefully, this will give you some time to print the list out and plan ahead for any saint days you may want to celebrate. There are two wonderful days at the very beginning of the month: St. Therese of the Child Jesus (Oct 1) and the Guardian Angels (Oct 2).

Without further ado, here are the saints and feasts:

Saints & Feasts in October 2015

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October 1St Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin & doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

October 2: The Guardian Angels (obligatory memorial)

October 6: St. Bruno, priest (optional memorial)

October 6: St. Marie-Rose Durocher, virgin (optional memorial)

October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary (obligatory memorial)

October 9: St. Denis, Bishop & Companions (optional memorial)

October 9: St. John Leonardi, priest (optional memorial)

October 14: St. Callistus, pope and martyr (optional memorial)

October 15: St. Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

October 16: St. Hedwig, religious (optional memorial)

October 16: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin (optional memorial)

October 17: St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop & martyr (obligatory memorial)

October 19: St. John de Brebeuf & Isaac Jogues, Priests, and companions, martyrs (obligatory memorial)

October 20: St. Paul of the Cross, priest (optional memorial)

October 22: St. John Paul II, pope (optional memorial)

October 23: St. John of Capistrano, priest (optional memorial)

October 24: St. Anthony Mary Claret, bishop (optional memorial)

October 28: Sts. Simon & Jude, apostles (feast)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

October is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Angels and the Holy Rosary.

October 12: Columbus day (USA)

October 12: Canadian Thanksgiving Day

October 31: Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve)

Blessings!

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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.)