What a Wonderful World! (Part 4)

In our meditations on God as the Creator of the visible and the invisible, we have observed that the physical universe has been created by God, a truth of faith that is being confirmed by science. We have also explored those invisible things that God has created: our souls and the angels. The existence of the spiritual creation of God has many times been confirmed by human experience. Here is the recollection of a spiritual son of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, whose encounter with his Guardian Angel is told here:

An Italian lawyer was driving back home from Bologna. In his FIAT 1100 were also his wife and their two children. At one point, he wanted to be replaced in driving the car because he was very tired. He asked his son Guido to drive instead of him but he didn’t answer because his son was sleeping. Some kilometres later, next to the gate of St. Lazzaro, the lawyer fell asleep too. When he woke-up he realized he was not far from Eternity. That meant that while he was sleeping he had run on the railway for several kilometres. He was very frightened so he cried: “who was guiding the car? And what has happened?” but nobody could answer him. His son, who was on his right side, woke up and told him he had slept deeply. His wife and the smaller child were incredulous and marvelled. They said he had driven differently than usual. They said, “At one time the car was going to crash into another car but at the last moment it avoided the crash with a perfect manoeuvres. The way it took the curves was also different. But above all - his wife said: “you have been immovable for a lot of time and you have not answered our questions.” The lawyer said, “I could not answer because I was asleep. I have slept for fifteen kilometres. I haven’t felt anything because I slept...but who was driving the car? Who has prevented the catastrophe? After a couple of months the mystery was disclosed when the lawyer went to St. Giovanni Rotondo. As soon as Padre Pio saw him, he said him, “You slept and the Guardian Angel drove your car.”

It may come as a surprise to us, but angels are REALLY REAL! They are part of the invisible creation of the Father. The Catechism teaches us:

The angels in the life of the Church

334 …the whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels. (Acts 5:18-20; 8:26-29; 10:3-8; 12:6-11; 27:23-25.)

335 In her liturgy, the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice-holy God. She invokes their assistance (in the funeral liturgy's In Paradisum deducant te angeli. . .["May the angels lead you into Paradise. . ."]). Moreover, in the "Cherubic Hymn" of the Byzantine Liturgy, she celebrates the memory of certain angels more particularly (St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and the guardian angels).

336 From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. (Mt 18:10; Lk 16:22; Ps 34:7; 91:10-13; Job 33:23-24; Zech 1:12; Tob 12:12.) "Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life." Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.

Many of the saints wrote and preached and prayed to the angels. Here are a few quotes from Saint John Vianney, patron of parish priests. He had the care of souls and was often in the confessional for hours at a time. The wisdom and spiritual understanding of this saint shines forth in these quotes:

The first thing about the angels that we ought to imitate is their consciousness of the Presence of God.

Our Guardian Angels are our most faithful friends, because they are with us day and night, always and everywhere. We ought often to invoke them…The Angels take great pleasure in helping us with our enterprises, when they are in accordance with God's will…If you find it impossible to pray, hide behind your good Angel and charge him to pray in your stead.”

Here is a parent’s prayer to the Guardian Angels of their children:

I humbly salute you, O you faithful heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall with thanks more worthy than I can now give repay your care for them and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband (wife), and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company. Amen