Yesterday was the feast of Guardian Angels, and it reminded me, of all the times I felt the presence of angels in my life, and the countless stories I’ve heard from others. The belief that God sends Guardian Angels to watch over us and that they carry our prayers to Him was common long before Christianity. You will find many references to angels in the scriptures. I will reference a few in the Old Testament see the book of Tobit, Genesis, Ezekiel 9, Psalm 91:1 and New Testament Matthew 19:10 or Luke. I recently posted on our facebook page about a fourteen-year-old girl, who was in the hospital suffering from pneumonia, and she claimed to have been being visited by an angel and miraculous healed. Part of this incredible miracle is the surveillance camera at the hospital recorded the encounter. Click on this link http://jesus-loves-you.org/?p=1240&page=2 and judge for yourselves.
I wrote a post called “conversion” about a witness from a beautiful woman I know named Barbara. She is very generous in sharing her story and believes; her Guardian Angel would transport her soul during childhood abuse. Her angel would put her into the corner of the room shielding her in the burrow of his wings to prevent her from the physical pain of her encounter and block her vision.
One of my experiences with angels have to do with when I am in conflict with someone. It could be as simple as trying to get a mortgage loan, an insurance claim straightened out, or a personal relationship that is being strained. Before any anticipated encounter in my prayers, I would pray for my Guardian Angel to whisper in the ear of their Guardian Angel to bring about peace and love into the situation and to resolve the conflict. Every time, and I do mean every time, without fail, it would produce a positive effect and everything would work itself out perfectly.
When I worked in Pastoral Care, I experienced some interesting stories about Angels. Pastoral Care is one of my favorite ministries, I find it very rewarding and extremely, beautiful to journeying through Illness and death with others. Many last words were of angels visiting them right before their last breath. I began to believe these angels sent by God were a preparation for them. An agent to help them let go of the fear of death, and escort them to heaven. I recall one particular story of a man who said, an Angel would come to his bedside daily, to pray with him, and this angel would describe to him heaven. He let go of his fear and replaced it with excitement and only then did he die.
On another occasion, I journeyed with a woman for an unusually long period. The reason it was so long was she couldn’t let go of her fear to die. This woman had many close friends that were priests, she prayed the rosary numerous times a day, but told me she was not a nice person. She lived with many regrets like never having children and not respecting others. She was fearful of her punishment for the life she had lead and certain she was going to hell if she let go and died. Every time I would visit her she would ask me to pray for her. I would talk with her continually about God’s forgiveness and his mercy, but she never believed me until this one day.
I arrived at her house for our usual visit, and when I entered her bedroom, she smiled and told me she was finally at peace and was ready to die. Surprised, I asked her what caused her change of heart? She said, angels in the brightest light she had ever seen had come to visit her, and they assured her that she would go to purgatory, and all would be fine. Within a few days, she died “peacefully.”
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, PART ONE, THE PROFESSION OF FAITH, SECTION TWO, THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, CHAPTER ONE, I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER, I. THE ANGELS
The existence of angels – a truth of faith
328 The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.
Who are they?
329 St. Augustine says: “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’: from what they are, ‘spirit’, from what they do, ‘angel.'”188 With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” they are the “mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word”.189
330 As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness.
With all the information we have today on angels, why do we fear so much? Why do we still not trust our faith? Through these stories, I’ve shared, and your own may they teach us how to live truly our faith without fear.