Saturday, February 23, 2013

Their Angels

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Matt. 18:10

Do we have angels dedicated to us? If there was no other passage than the one in Matthew we would need to say "yes," and joyfully.

A child died in England, and a monument was placed by his grave. It showed the child as an angel. This was on church property and the church insisted the monument be removed. When asked why, the head of the church said that one thing that does not happen to a dead child is that they become an angel. It seemed harsh at the time, but I believe the church was right.

We have a lot of strong feelings about the dead and about angels. In my recovery home a lady brought me a cup of coffee. I said, "You're an angel." Later I learned that her name was Angela. It is part of our language and our sentiments too.

But what if we had even better news than that we become angels when we die? Not only children, but adults have what could be called dedicated angels. We are warned not to worship them, but we should be aware of the blessing and protection that they can give us.

A Catholic friend was asked why people with Saint Christopher medals in their cars still had wrecks. He said, "Above 60 miles an hour, Saint Christopher jumps out."

I believe I understand him. We can ignore our protectors and over ride them. But I believe to ignore them is wrong.

1 comment:

  1. This is an important point. Many people after my young son's death told me that "He is an angel now", and sadly, I had to correct them. No, angels are angels, and stay this way. Human beings are human beings, and go to God. I felt badly, but this is a clear point.