The wisdom and power of God is not confined to the creation of man and the material world. Beyond man, millions of creatures exist in a higher state of perfection than man. Psalm 90 says: ‘God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go.’
If we really understood the dignity of angels; their close relationship with God; their prudence, excellence and power; and the affection and concern they have for us, we would be inflamed with a real love for angels. Many people make very little effort to increase their knowledge about angels even though they are aware of their existence. We must first know them before we can honour and love them.
The Church has always practiced and encouraged devotion to the Holy Angels. Although invisible, they accompany us all the time. We need the angels because they are near to God. They are a guide and model for us they help us to grow closer and closer to God.
These spiritual beings are also powerful intercessors for our daily needs and we should call on them often throughout the day. Should you feel a grave temptation or fear a great trial – invoke your guardian angel, your guide, your refuge in oppression and in distress. May your guardian angel be your intimate friend.
We turn to St Michael the Archangel, because he fulfilled God’s will faithfully. Like the angels once were, we too are on trial. We, like the angels and St Michael, have to remain humble in submitting our wills to the will of God. That is why a real devotion to the Holy Angels consists in seeking to imitate them. To imitate the angels means: to walk in the presence of God in the semi-darkness of our faith; to do God’s will; to give thanks to God and to praise Him for His glory and love; to hate sin; to sing to God in our hearts and with our voices; to adore His Holy Name.
I assure you of the constant daily prayer of the priests of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel for all our readers and their families. Please let others know about this magazine and help us to distribute it all over the world.
God bless you.
Fr Peter Prusakiewicz CSMA