ON TODAY'S SITE:
Matthew Kelty, Eileen Elias Freeman, John Mason Neale
Every civilization has believed in them, in one form or another.
They are guardians, messengers, whispers of inspiration.
They are not fairy godmothers, at our beck and call,
for they serve only the Holy One.
But He loves us so deeply, He bids them to take charge of us,
to keep us in all our ways (91st Psalm). And so angels are
borne to our side on the warm currents of God's Love.
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Archangel Michael - from the Peruvian school
... For there is a God. And there are angels.
To respond: “But if that were so, there’d be no accidents.”
Which, of course, misses the point. It is the occasional interference
that makes the point. Christ did not heal all lepers. Only a few.
He did not raise all the dead. Only a few. He did not heal all the diseased.
Only a few. Now and then. Here and there. Yes, but enough to let it be
known—something is going on here and you’d better take note of it. No
point then in asking, “Where were your angels at the World Trade Center?
Where was the angel in New Orleans?" Take care. For all we know,
he or they may have been at both. The data is lacking.
... I think it silly to try to come up with conclusive answers
to the hand of God or the lack of it in what
happens—good or bad—day by day.
I’d rather see the world of angels as an aspect of God’s
beauty and loveliness, not to say His care for the world.
The conflict of good and evil—for there are bad angels and good—
goes on in every heart at some level or other. The outcome of the
struggle is significant. And this battle goes on all the time, in everyone,
everywhere. And I am sure the angels, good and bad, are involved.
And since I love the good and the beautiful, as you love the good
and the beautiful, it is certain God is on our side.
This is the joy of the angelic world—their magnificence, their number,
their power. And who dared show themselves in their love for Jesus
at His coming in Mary, in Bethlehem, at the Jordan, in the desert,
in Gethsemani, at the Rising, and who knows where else and when.
I am sure they are as close to us, to Gethsemani [abbey],
to Kentucky and our land, the world, as ever they were.
And that should be a joy to us.
If God “loves the beautiful warmth of your heart’s fire”
—and He does—the angels do, too. Amen.
Excerpted from a Chapter Talk by Fr. Matthew Kelty, O.C.S.O.,
given at Gethsemani Abbey, Kentucky: September 11, 2005
Title: " Coincidence? — Or Angels?"
Angels are direct creations of God,
each one a unique Master's piece.
From "The Angels' Little Instruction Book,"
by Eileen Elias Freeman
Warner Books 1994
The Last Word:
Lord, give Thy angels every day
Command to guide us on our way.
And bid them every evening keep
Their watch around us while we sleep.
John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
English Anglican clergyman and hymn writer
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
You'll never find yourself until you face the truth.
Pearl Bailey (1918-1990)
American entertainer and singer
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