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Old 18th January 2007, 04:03 PM
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I've always had a great love for my angel guardians, ever since I was a kid. One devotion I've always liked is when I meet folks to silently greet their angel guardian. The angels are a bit like the Holy Souds in Purgatory in this that they love our little tokens and prayers. They realise we cannot usually see them so they are touched when we do these little acts of faith.

Anyway during the week I was walking around the park, talking away to my angels about this and that when I realise dthat I'd forgotten the lead for my big German SHepherd dog, Bandit. I was annoyed because I had planned to call into my local shop and buy some bread for my breakfast on the way home. Bandit would never have waited outside to wait for me, he'd just come storming on in. Well I turned to my guardian angel to whom I'd been chatting away and asked him if he'd find me a bit of rope to tie Bandit up with before I got to the shop. Well lying on a hedge just before the gate to the park, just before the shop was a long length of electrical cable that was even better than a rope because it was easier to tie.

Its only a small thing this but you know it really touched me; such a small kindly answer to prayer. Just like the angels theyare so quick and responsive to the small things like this. Thats why I am always quick to ask them for the small things like say passing messages, they don't mind; in fact they're quite eager to help for really they've known us since little babies and are very,very,very fond of us.

Well I thanked the amgel for his kindness and he said to be, quoting the good Lord, 'Those who are faithful in small things will be faithful in great!'

So true of our beautiful shining angels, great warriors, staunch guardians and true friends who never miss the small things; bless them.

St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wiles and wickedness of the devil. Restrain him, O God, we humbly pray, and do you, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin and destruction of souls. Amen.

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Old 18th January 2007, 05:54 PM
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One of the most interesting mystics on the angels was a French priest Pere Lamy to whom the Mother of God, the angels and Satan were frequent visitors. He was also a prophet and what he has to say about the future makes interesting reading. Here's a link:

http://translate.google.com/translat...3D2Pb%26sa%3DG



'"Lucifer is playing his last card: he thinks the game is in his hands, in which he is mistaken . . . We must pray confidently in spite of his blustering . . . People will appreciate still more the gentle goodness of Our Blessed Lady . . . Peace will be restored to the world but I shall not see that, and other things will come to pass of which I shall not see the end.

"When peace has been established in the world many things will be changed…War is big business. The manufacturers of the airplane, the exploitation of the mines, the iron workers, all that will dwindle. There will no longer be those great factories where morality withers and disappears. The working class will be bound to turn back to the land... Industry will be reduced to smaller proportions and it will remain so.

"Everything will grow less. When peace is given back to the world, plots of farmland will rise to more value than they are now. Even the old workmen insist on dying in towns that will come to pass. The world will have to be re-evangelized over again and that will be work for a whole generation.

"The spiritual state of the first Christians will come back more over, there will be so few men on earth. And there will be another magnificent revival of Orders and Congregations. The monasteries will flourish again, the convents will fill up again. After these calamities, souls in great numbers will come and dwell in them again."


And here is his very beautiful description of our brothers the angels;

"Their garments are white, but with an unearthly whiteness. I cannot describe it, because it cannot be compared to earthly whiteness; it is much softer to the eye. These bright angels are enveloped in a light so different from ours that by comparison everything else seems dark. When you see a band of 50 you are lost in amazement. They seem clothed with golden plates, constantly moving, like so many suns."

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Old 18th January 2007, 06:50 PM
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the time of peace and rebuilding which he describes clearly refers to the time period after the first part of the tribulation ends, that is, after the three days of darkness in early 2040, when the world will rebuild under the great monarch and the angelic shepherd.

And his description is accurate.


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Old 18th January 2007, 09:07 PM
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Padraig, how many guardian angels do you have? I thought each of us had only one a time. Hmmm....you must be a saint if God takes so much care about you by sending so many angels
Anyway, I have started to really talk to my angel few months ago. For some reason I was always aware about him but never bothered talking to him. Things have changed, he is such a good advisor. I can really hear him telling me to stop when I am tempted to sin. It's truly a great help. I usually ask him to pray with me in the evening and even send him to greet other guardian angels as Padraig does. You can also send him to the tabernacle in your church and ask him to pray in your name when you cannot be present there, he realy likes that much. Padre Pio has many interesting stories about his guardian angel.

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Old 18th January 2007, 11:04 PM
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Hebrews 12

1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,


I suspect many of these witnesses are not only the saints, like our dead relatives, friends, the saints we pray too, but many angels who take a personal interest in us, but thats just my thoughts.
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Old 19th January 2007, 03:11 AM
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Since we're on the topic of angels . . .

A long time ago, can't remember when exactly, I read that if you ask your angel his name before you went to bed that it would come to you in a dream. This was before my conversion, so I did it on a whim, not really expecting anything, and lo and behold, that very night the name was given to me in a dream, and it was even spelled out. Kinda weird, eh?

The name was "Mahli". I looked it up once and there is a primitive tribe on island who are called by that name. So, whatever . . .

I'm not 100% that this is really my angels name, so I'm not comfortable calling him that. So I just call him "Angel".

My neice's religious education teacher told her of the same superstition about your guardian angel giving his name in a dream,which I'm not sure was a good thing for her to do. I've never told anyone that they should do this, especially a child. Anyway, lo and behold, she got a name too, "Anthony". She thought that was an odd name, she was six at the time. My sister, on the otherhad, got the name, "Janet" in her dream. And it was spelled for her too. She was not happy, and said the famous line, "That's about the kind of angel I'd get." She knows many human "Janets" and she's not fond of any of them .

My dream was in no way an influence on either of them, because I never bothered to tell anyone about "Mahli"--at least not that I recall, until she began to share her little experience.

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Old 19th January 2007, 08:19 AM
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It'd be nice, I suppose, to know your angels name. Usually in scripture they end 'el' which means 'of God'. I think the best book in the Bible describing tem is the Book of Daniel which points out that not only individuals but entire countries have angels...'Princes of Heaven'

Its one of the things I look forward to when I die; meeting the angels
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Old 8th February 2007, 07:10 PM
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I loved your story of the GA and the rope, thank you so much. I'm trying to learn to invite more assistance from my GA and that was a great example.
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Old 8th February 2007, 08:31 PM
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Hi Lee,

Good to have you on the forum. One of the things I look forward to see in heaven is the choirs of angels singing and flying about. Surely one of the most wonderful things we'll see when we die is the face of our guardian angels, I'm sure he'll have a l;ot of stories to tell!!

Love Padre Pio's relationship he had with his angels:

'Padre Pio, born in 1887 of simple farm people in Pietrelcina, Italy, was a monk who had the stigmata, the marks of Christ's crucifixion, etched in his hands, feet, and side, as did the founder of his order, St. Francis. Despite his own fragile health, he devoted his life to building homes for the sick, the handicapped, and the elderly.

Padre Pio had a particularly interesting relationship with angels. It is said that he "met" his own guardian angel as a youngster and occasionally received counsel from him; later, the two communicated in both prayerful and humorous dialogues.

"...the voices were angels, escorting souls into heaven."

At times, according to witnesses, Padre Pio was able to read and speak languages he didn't know. When asked how he could do it, he said that his guardian angel translated for him. On occasion, a number of his fellow monks heard voices singing in heavenly harmony but couldn't discover the source of the music. Padre Pio explained that the voices were angels, escorting souls into heaven.

Padre Pio frequently sent his angel to someone who needed help. For example, Father Alessio Parente was assigned to assist the fragile monk from the chapel to his monastic cell every day. But Father Parente had a habit of oversleeping. Often he wouldn't hear his alarm clock or, half awake, he would switch it off. "Every time I overslept," he says, "I heard a voice in my sleep saying, 'Alessio, Alessio, come down!' and a knocking at my door. Realizing I was late, I would jump out of bed and run out into the corridor to see who called me, but there was nobody there. I would race down to the church and there I invariably found Padre Pio at the end of Mass giving the last blessing.

"One day I was sitting by Padre Pio's side, feeling ashamed at my lack of punctuality. I was trying to explain to him that I never seemed to hear the alarm, but he interrupted me. 'Yes, I understand you,' he said. 'But do you think I will continue to send my guardian angel every day to wake you? You'd better go and buy yourself a new clock.'

"It was only then that I realized who was knocking at my door and calling me in my sleep."

Padre Pio believed that people could send their angels to others to help or intercede. He encouraged his vast network of friends to send their angels to him if they could not come themselves. "Your angel can take a message from you to me," he would say, "and I will assist you as much as I can." On one occasion Cecil, an English friend of the Padre, was hurt in a car crash. A friend went to the post office to send a telegram to Padre Pio, requesting prayers for the accident victim. When the friend presented the telegram at the desk, the man gave him back a telegram from Padre Pio assuring him of his prayers for Cecil'.

Later, after Cecil had recovered, he and his friend went to see Padre Pio. "How did you know of the accident?" both asked. "We got your telegram before we had sent ours."

"Do you think angels go as slowly as planes?" the monk responded, smiling.

On another occasion, an Italian girl, hearing of this saintly friar, sent her angel to ask for good health for her Uncle Fred. The girl then decided to visit Padre Pio. When she approached him, he joked with her: "Your angel kept me up all night, asking for a cure for your Uncle Fred!"

The mother of a desperately ill infant also sent the baby's angel to ask Padre Pio for prayers. As soon as she did so, she saw her tiny child shiver as if something had touched her. Although the doctors were mystified, the baby quickly improved and was sent home from the intensive-care unit.

"When speaking to people about these stories, the comments are often the same! 'Oh, well, Padre Pio was a very holy man, wasn't he?' or 'I'm just a poor sinner. Why should an angel do anything to help me?'" Father Parente says, "Yes, Padre Pio was a very holy man, but I believe our angels work well for each one of us too--if we only have faith."

When Padre Pio died on September 22, 1968, several American tourists in Italy saw angels in the night sky, angels who quietly disappeared as the sun rose.

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Old 9th February 2007, 01:17 AM
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I love the Holy Angels, am so grateful that God has created them and allows them to be part of our journey. Sometimes I pretend I'm singing in their choir when a specially beautiful hymn or inspiring song is being sung (my voice is not pleasing, but i pretend, singing in my fantasy!!)
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