Angels hear our prayers; Angels: Day 217

Why  do we pray when God already knows what we need? Perhaps, says St. Augustine, we pray so that the angels can receive their instructions about us.When the Apostle says, “let your requests be made known to God” (Phil.4:6), we should not think this means that, when we do so, they become known to God. He certainly knew them before we spoke them. But we should understand it in this sense: that our requests are to be made known to ourselves in the presence of God by patient waiting on him, not … [Read more...]

Only the virtuous earn angel guides; Angels: Day 216

Lazarus, the poor man in Jesus’ parable (Luke 16:19-31)  never cursed his evil fate or blamed God for the unfairness of life. How do we know? Because, says St. John Chrysostom, at the end of his life he earned an honor guard of angels.But the poor man who was left at his gate didn’t grieve, or blaspheme, or complain. He didn’t say to himself, as many do, “Why is this happening to me? This man living in wickedness and cruelty and inhumanity enjoys far more than he needs, and endures no trouble … [Read more...]

Angels guide the unborn child; Angels: Day 215

Even Roman superstition, says Tertullian, admitted that the unborn child was a human being—otherwise why would all those mythical goddesses have been assigned to guide the embryo? Christians  know that the developing fetus is a living human, and Tertullian believes that the angels guide its development.Now the entire process of sowing, forming, and completing the human embryo in the womb is no doubt regulated by some power, which in all this serves the will of God, whatever may be the method … [Read more...]

When do we get guardian angels?; Angel: Day 214

Origen, one of the Church’s earliest theologians, tries to work out the truth about guardian angels. When are they assigned to us? He finds several passages in Scripture that seem to indicate we have them from birth.We might ask at what time those who are called “their angels” assume guardianship of the little ones pointed out by Christ. Did they receive this com- mission to discharge concerning them, when, by “the washing of regeneration” (Tit. 3:5), through which they were born as new-born … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: Lenten Resources

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Daily Meditations by Heidi Hess Saxton and a copy of The Hope of Lent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane Houdek, (you can read my reviews of both here)  sponsored by Franciscan Media/Servant Books. I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Wednesday 3/01 with a winner been chosen that day, enter below!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Everyone has a guardian angel; Angels: Day 213

Even children of adultery, says one of the characters in St. Methodius’s  Banquet of  the Ten Virgins, have guardian angels caring for them,  because,  as human beings, they are “copies  and living pictures of Christ.”Nature could not accomplish such a great work in such a little time with- out divine help. Who gave the bones their fixed nature? Who bound the soft members with muscles, to be extended and relaxed at the joints? Who made channels for the blood, and a soft windpipe for the breat … [Read more...]