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.)

Fearless Friday: Prayers of Thanksgiving

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“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” Psalm 100:4

The Psalms are a wealth of inspiration for thanking and praising the Lord, aren’t they? 🙂

For today’s Fearless Friday I am offering prayers of thanksgiving. Prayers in gratitude for answered prayers and graces received.

You may recall that in last week’s Fearless Friday I prayed for those unemployed – including my husband who has been unemployed for many months. Well, he was offered the job he interviewed for this past Tuesday! He starts next Wednesday, so until he is actually working and gets his first paycheck, we are being cautious in our celebration; however, we are delighted and so grateful for this opportunity.

I have to tell on myself, though. As I was offering a prayer of thanksgiving, I realized that I don’t thank God as I should. Not even close to thanking Him enough. So often I am like those 9 out of the 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus and ran off to show themselves to the Pharisees and Scribes without any thought to giving thanks. How many ways does the Lord bless me each day that I don’t even realize or thank Him for?

In that vein, would you pray in thanksgiving with me?*

We praise and thank you, Lord for the countless blessings you bestow on us each day! Thank You for the new job Michael will be starting. Bless him and help him to do his work faithfully and well. We pray also Lord, for those still out of work. I know You will find work for them soon.

We thank You for the gift of faith. Thank You for opening our eyes to Your love and mercy. Open the hearts of all our family and friends and everyone else who do not know You or do  not love You. May their hearts be converted to Your loving ways.

We thank You Lord for all the joys, sufferings, hopes, failings and mundane activities of our day. We know that with You all the little and mundane activities of our day is elevated, transformed and made holy in Your sight.

And most importantly, Lord Jesus, we praise and thank you for lowering yourself into becoming like us, for working Your miracles upon the earth and proclaiming the Good News. We praise and thank you for suffering and dying a wretched death on the cross for us and for gloriously rising from the dead. We know that You are the mighty Victor, the one who is to come again! We praise You, we thank You, we glorify Your name!

We thank You for sending the Holy Spirit and remain present with us through Holy Mother Church and the sacramental life. We thank You for Your real presence in the Eucharist. We thank You for continuing to work in us and through us. We thank You for continuing to work miracles in our lives, whether we realize them or  not! We give you thanks, Jesus, for all things. Amen

What are you thankful for this week? What are your intentions this week? Leave your intention in the comments or better yet, head over to Free Spirit Haven and add your prayers. 🙂

(*I just made the prayer up from my heart, so please forgive any errors or omissions or faults the prayer has.)