How much help do we give them? How often do we just take them for granted? The answers are not as much as we should and too often. One way to improve this is to get to know our Guardian Angel. We can't fathom the size of these Heavenly spirits. Some say they are huge; in fact, most NBA centers and NFL linemen would be considered wimps compared to one's Guardian Angel. One of the best ways to get to know your Guardian Angel is to give him or her a name. First of all, there is no gender with angels so referring to them as he or she is merely a better way of identifying them from our finite mind-set. Often times the best way to know them is to go in silent prayer before the Tabernacle. Even if there is no other person in the church or chapel, you won't be alone for there are hundreds of angelic beings present perpetually adoring Jesus present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Holy Eucharist - the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. None of those angels are slouching or fidgeting, none are looking at their watches, none are distracted if someone else enters or begins talking, none are prone to daydream or nod off for they are devoting all their time to giving undivided worship to the Triune Divinity. So if they're so intent on this wonderful exercise, how can they be guarding us at the same time? They're not because they are different than the Guardian Angels. There are nine levels of Angels, the highest Choir being the Virtues then Powers then Principalities. Then there is the next set of Choirs of Angels four through six - Dominations and then Thrones and then Cherubims. The latter, along with the seventh level of Seraphims are the adoring angels we speak of above. That leaves the eighth level which are the Archangels whose feast we celebrated just a few days ago. The lowest level on the rung, if you will, are the Guardian Angels. Though they are ninth on the ladder they are anything but last or least for God has placed them on this level so they could be closer to His creation of mankind. That in itself has to be one of the highest honors bestowed on these angels!
Remember we mentioned the best way to get to know your Guardian Angel better was to go in silent prayer before the Tabernacle. There pray to your guardian and see if, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, his or her name is not imprinted on your heart. That is how we discovered each Guardian Angel's name for our family; Joseph is Cyndi's gentle Guardian Angel, Pax is the name for our oldest son's Guardian Angel - meaning "peace" and our youngest son's is Lumen for "light." This editor's Guardian Angel is Zacharriah. I affectionately call him "Zach" and he's with me at every turn, especially when driving or hammering away at the ol' computer keyboard. Our family has also been blessed over the years with another angel assigned to us. He is affectionately known as Alfred and this mischievous winged-one is a Cherubim who divides his time between adoring Jesus in the Tabernacle and staying in our home. He loves to play tricks on us, hiding things from us and then, voila they turn up where we just looked. We kid you not, we'll swear on the bible that this has happened so often we have come to expect it. While he is somewhat of a practical joker, there is a method to his madness. You see, whenever we lose something or he turns an appliance such as a radio or TV or phone machine on without any human help, we know he's trying to tell us something, trying to remind us to keep our eyes and hearts focused on God. Just the other day we were sittting in the office and out of the blue the tape machine, where we tape the Monthly Message from Medjugorje so callers can receive it 24-hours a day, came on loud and clear. We both had turned it on mute because it would be going on continuously throughout the day and night. But to our surprise there was the message blaring out loud and clear. Once we both realized no one had unmuted the button we knew it was Alfred or "Alfie" as this editor likes to refer to him (though we understand he's not too fond of the nickname) and the reasoning was so we would once again truly listen and discern what Our Lady was saying in her September Message. There are so many documented accounts of Alfred's shenanigans that shine toward bringing us closer to God that it has become commonplace for our family. But not becoming routine is the purpose why we've been gifted with this spunky angel. And if you truly think about it, it's very possible you too could have an "Alfred" in your home and not even know it! Don't underestimate God's ingenuity and how he utilizes his Heavenly subjects to help His children on earth. This globe is one fertile plot for nurturing the seeds of mankind, as they grow into buds to hopefully blossom into grace-filled bouquets and life-giving nourishment. For that to happen we can't do it by ourselves. We need His "Garden Angels!"
My dear children how joyous you make me, your Heavenly Mother, by honoring me on this the day which I have revealed as my true birthday. Many of my little ones come again to dedicate and consecrate themselves to Jesus through my Immaculate Heart, and all heaven rejoices when this fiat is truly given.
How I long to gather all of you into my motherly arms, begging you with Heavenly tears to return to my Divine Son so that you might love Him for all eternity.
Please listen to me, for I love you and desire only your salvation. I weep because far, far too many of my children are cold, as if already dead! And if they don't convert their hearts they shall truly be dead, for they shall share the abyss with satan for all eternity.
Oh! I want to warn all of you that the evil of satan's plans is a tidal wave engulfing all the world. I do not want you to grow cold because you are weak, victims of finite time. In truth the Triumph of my Heart is so close as to already be visible upon the horizon if you but look with the eyes of your soul. My children, great are the events of catastrophic proportions which now unfold, a giant fan of evil schemes which shall change the face of the world. I, too, desire to change the face of the world but by calling you to Love, to my Divine Son. If only you would convert your hearts, pray with your heart you would change the face of the earth in an instant. You would see Mercy and Peace mingle to form an earth for mankind as He always intended it to be.
Be no longer one of my doubting, scorning little ones. Seek to be open to the Holy Spirit. Go to Confession frequently and receive my Divine Son in Holy Communion daily if at all possible. Please read Scripture, and behold its Divine Truth as it unfolds before you, for now all scripture is to be fulfilled. Even these of my words you do not understand.
My little children, the evil of satan ensnares and entangles you so much so that you are deceived into a false security. Only God is Secure and imparts security to those united to Him by grace. Therefore, I solemnly tell you that the time of Mercy is now ended and a truly sorrowful time is here. This is a time of fire, but it is not a time without grace. I remain, by God's authority, among all my children that I may yet prepare you for the battle which is yet to be waged against satan.
Pray! Oh, please pray! Will you not fast? Will you not sacrifice for love of my Son? With every prayer, with every sacrifice made in love the moment when my Heart Triumphs will come sooner.
I love and bless you. I give to you my Son's peace. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Beloved, I wish all of my children to know that all who reject my Divine Son cause the horrors which man inflicts upon man, for there is no presence of God, only of satan.
Do you not understand why I weep? Not only for those who have suffered greatly for my Son, but also for all who suffer the greatest cruelties and there is no God for them because satan rules, tortures, destroys.
Beloved little children, won't you heed my words and by means of prayer and fasting convert your hearts now. Oh! My children, the very Heavens tremble before the Justice of God. The sins of men have increased and in every country on every continent there are sufferings upon my children that will not be allowed to go unpunished.
Therefore I say to all my children: Raise up your voices in urgent, sincere prayer. Be of one mind, one heart, one voice through the Holy Spirit that the Triumph of my Heart may be accomplished and the Glorious Return of my Son may come upon all men. If you do not convert your hearts the terrible Heavenly fire will be swift, terrifying and cleansing.
Please pray! I love and bless you. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Now, to all of my children I am here among you to invite you to contemplate the Assumption. I, too, wish to see your hearts assumed into the celestial purity of Heaven, to become one with my Son's Most Sacred Heart.
How I invite everyone to convert their heart by means of prayer and fasting. O! so few have converted their hearts! How many of my children are still mired in the sinful world, relishing worldly pleasures. They have completely forgotten about their immortal souls. I plead with you: Convert now for the age of great mercy has run its course. The floodgates of chastisement are opened. Now upon the world shall come such devastating signs that the face of the world shall be altered. No nation shall be spared. Already many nations are severely tried. Soon a major disaster shall awaken the world's conscience. This disaster shall take place in North America and from it many doubting little ones shall grow fervent in their conversion.
Yet the powers of evil shall not yet be silenced. These evil demons shall unleash a storm of persecution that will see many of my little ones enter their heavenly home, wearing a martyr's crown. Those who believe and live my Son's doctrine shall be rejected, even by their loved ones and thus they shall have captured the Greatest Love, my Divine Son.
I solemnly tell you that all I have foretold shall come to pass. I say that many who are in darkness now shall find the light. Many who scoff shall fall to their knees weeping. I am calling each of you again to become living prayers, flames of love that are kept fresh from my Immaculate Heart's Flame. Prepare the way, for my Divine Son returns as Judge.
Pray! O, pray earnestly. Thank you for responding to my Call!
Last October 29 (1997), Omaha, experienced a severe ice storm which broke many thousands of tree limbs (the leaves were still on the trees) and broke power lines leaving about 200,000 people without power, some for over three weeks.
My friend, Karen, woke up that morning to her mother’s call. “Have you looked outside?” her mother asked.
“No!” Karen replied.
And when she did, she was unbelievably shocked. Tree limbs amassed all over her yard and driveway. As Karen works taking 911 calls, she knew she had to clear the driveway before going to work the next day. Bundling up, she grabbed a hand saw and proceeded outside to saw the limbs. After a half-hour of work, she came inside, feeling the sheer impossibility of clearing a driveway with a hand saw. But the work had to be done and like a real trooper, she went back outside to try again.
Another half hour passed. She felt completely overcome with the impossibility of the task. Plodding back inside she exclaimed to her mother, “Mom, we need to pray for an angel with a chain saw!”
Immediately the phone rang. Karen told her friend that she needed to pray and for what she needed to pray -- an ANGEL WITH A CHAIN SAW.
Karen no sooner hung up when she heard the BURRING of a chain saw outside. Peering out the window, she saw a man with a chain saw cutting tree limbs in her yard. She did not recognize him at all, even as a neighbor!
Going outside, she asked him if he would mind cutting the limbs in the driveway. With a wonderfully nice smile, he agreed. And while the man cut, Karen carried the pieces and threw them in the yard.
At one point the man cheerily exclaimed: “There’s nothing like family fun!” After the driveway was cleared, the man proceeded to cut the broken tree limbs that were still hanging from the tree. Finally, all was completed.
Karen, said to him: “Thank you very much. You’re an angel in disguise!” The man replied with a smile: “No, just an ANGEL WITH A CHAIN SAW!”
With that, Karen turned her head to answer the call of a neighbor. When she looked back, the man was nowhere to be seen. He had disappeared.
Thank you, God, for giving us angels to help us! October is dedicated, first of all, to Our Lady, but also to our guardian angels. Let’s give both special attention during this month. God bless you and may the angels continue to take care of you!