When Majella’s flock gave a session about angels during yesterday’s community session, I gotta admit: I was pretty skeptical at first.
It’s just that I’ve never really thought about them, y’know? It’s already a struggle to be aware of the presence of God, and the Saints, and the people around me… now I gotta think about my guardian angel too?
It’s a weird thought: I kept picturing this weird, humanoid-shaped sphere of light following me around everywhere I went. I was thinking “This dude needs to get off my case already!”
I also couldn’t shake off my inherent skepticism about anything remotely mystical. To me, angels seemed like a convenient figment of human imagination – kinda like Zeus or deities or unicorns. That skepticism was compounded by the fact that I couldn’t see them, and I couldn’t feel their effects in my life.
But on Esther’s recommendation, I went over to formed.org (kinda like a Netflix for Catholics – OYP has a free subscription if you’re interested!), and downloaded the book Angels (and Demons) by Peter Kreeft to read more about these strange beings that we know so little about.
I’m just about a short way through the book, but I’m already intrigued. For example, here are some mind-blowing facts about angels that I took from the introduction:
- They really exist. Not just in our minds, or our myths, or our symbols, or our culture. They are just as real as your dog, or your sister, or electricity
- They are not cute, cuddly, comfortable, chummy or “cool”. They are fearsome and formidable. They are huge. They are warriors
- They’re present, right here, right now, right next to you, reading these words with you. (Lionel: Now that’s a slightly intimidating thought, isn’t it?)
- They can literally move the heavens and the earth if God permits them.
- There are also evil angels, fallen angels, demons or devils. These too are not myths. Demon possessions and exorcisms are real.
- We are on a protected part of a great battlefield between angels and devils, extending to eternity
The last point really made me think.
There’s a great spiritual battle being fought for our souls, even though we can’t see it. The spiritual realm is as real as the physical realm – just because we don’t see it, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. Can a fish in a fishbowl comprehend the world outside it?
For all we know, maybe our guardian angels saving our lives every day. Maybe we could’ve been possessed by a demon, or succumbed to the devil, and all matter of horrible things… if it weren’t for our formidable, faithful guardian angel.
It made me feel especially ashamed about dismissing the importance of my guardian angel. And the least I could do for him (her?), who has probably been working crazily hard to protect and guide me, is to offer up a simple prayer:
Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love entrusts me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
Today, take some time to thank God’s for His infinite love, and for sending us such formidable warriors to protect us. It’s awesome to be on His side 😀