Today's feast of the Guardian Angels encourages us to renew our faith in things unseen. The angels are God's antidotes to our modern mindset that counts only that which can be seen and measured as real.
We're not obliged in faith to believe in angels, but people of many different faiths have expressed belief in them over hundreds of centuries.
Many believe that God gives us a guardian angel as soon as we're conceived, who accompanies us throughout our lives on earth and even to purgatory if need be and eventually heaven. They play a role in protecting us from spiritual and moral evil, sadly it would seem an all too minor role. Plenty of bad things happen to good people, if our guardian angels were truly empowered to stop them, aren't they paying enough attention? Sometimes, though, it does seem as if we are saved from a difficulty from out of the blue. Is it luck, or an angel?
Here's my candidate for angel story.
When I was finishing college, I borrowed $800 and used it to buy my first car - a six year old, ivy green 1969 Dodge Dart. My research on used cars in Consumer Report told me this was the most reliable used car on the market. I guess it was true, because I passed my car down to my brother, who passed it on to a cousin and I think it ran until it rusted apart. (Now that I remember, the transmission gave out on day 28 of a 30 day warantee!)
About two years ago, I was driving down Joline Avenue toward Long Branch in my brand new Prius (more Consumer Report research), when I spied what I thought was a 1969 Dodge Dart parked behind a condominium near Ocean Avenue. The next time I was coming back to Holy Cross, I decided to take a good look at it. The light ahead was green, and traffic was flowing, so I turned my head to really gawk. As clear as day I heard, "Look out!" and turned back to the road to notice that a car making a left hand turn had stopped traffic. My new brakes passed the test as I narrowly missed ramming into the car ahead of me. I only take quick glimpses of the old Dodge now, and never without giving thanks for avoiding a messy collision.
So was it peripheral vision or an angel? My mind talking to me, or something else? Ask someone if they have an angel story.
Whatever you believe about angels, believe the truth they assert: there are many things that are real that are unseen. Angels, God, truth, love, heaven.