Today on the Catholic Church calendar is the Feast of Guardian Angels. Has anyone ever called you “an angel” or have you referred to another person as being “an angel”? Most likely to be called an angel would be taken as a compliment. Traditionally, angels are considered to be helpers, guardians, messengers and all-around special spiritual beings. Many of us may believe in the existence of an individual guardian angel whose task is to keep each of us safe and protected. The name “angel” means “messenger sent from God.” Angels appear in the Bible and are presented as messengers, helpers and protectors sent from God and often deliver a divine message. Angels are usually pictured having wings and being able to move about quickly. “Angels can fly,” said G.K. Chesterton, “because they take themselves lightly.” Perhaps the angels are trying to tell us to lighten up a little and be more angelic ourselves.
By Joyce Iten, OSB