Then I saw another angel come up from the East, holding the seal of the living God. He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were given power to damage the land and the sea, “Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” (Revelation 7: 2-3 )
We hear a great deal about angels these days. Much of what we hear is straight from New Age sources. It is a tactic of the enemy to take what belongs to the deposit of the faith and twist it in order to confuse those whose catechesis may be wanting, or whose faith may be weak or wavering. As the enemy is himself a fallen angel, he knows what he has to fear from those angels who chose to align themselves with the living and true God. He knows what a powerful ally we humans have in angels, and will do anything to stop us from collaborating with them in a fruitful way.
It seems we need our angels more than ever. As powerful allies, they have a crucial role to play in the cataclysmic events that are unfolding daily before our eyes. St. Bernard of Clairvaux encourages great confidence in our holy companions:
“Even though we are children and have a long, a very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear? They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray. They are loyal, prudent, powerful. Why then are we afraid? We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God’s heaven.”
Beyond being our personal companions, however, angels are given charge over much, much more. St. John Damascene wrote: “Angels are the guardians of the divisions of the earth; they are set over nations and regions allotted to them by their Creator.”
Praise be to God for this incalculable gift! However, as with all God’s gifts, it is subject to human freedom. How many souls today do you suppose are asking angels to intercede and intervene on behalf of our parishes, cities, countries? Angels have perfect clarity of vision, unbiased and unclouded. They are able to influence souls thereby changing the trajectory of future events. Let us not forget to enlist their help, and to beg God to give them the freedom to act on our behalf for the sake of the souls he died to save.
The following is a prayer sent out by CatholiCity some years ago. I felt it was very powerful and wanted to pass it on as it also has meaning after the events of this week.
“Dear Father in Heaven, we have failed you. We have not prayed enough, sacrificed enough, paid enough attention, fasted enough, or worked hard enough to end the scourge of abortion in our country and our world, and now we face being forced to provide, pay for, and support abortions in Your hospitals. Look not on our sins and failings, O Lord, but on the faith You provided us during our baptisms, when we ourselves were most vulnerable. Like the Good Thief, we admit our failures, yet we cannot take our eyes away from Your Son on the Cross, and with the encouragement of our bishops call to action this very week, we beg You to unleash Your Most Powerful Angels and give them the greatest possible leeway and authority to change the course of human history in the United States and the world so that it cannot unfold except in perfect accord to Your Divine Will. Unleash them! Unleash your Angels, O Lord, we beg You! Amen.”
The prayer mentions fasting in addition to prayer. Summer is generally a time of feasting and relaxation, but let us not neglect to make time also for fasting and prayer. These are the weapons we must employ in this battle against principalities and powers. For nothing is impossible for God. In the words of the inimitable Archbishop Fulton Sheen: “We have already won, only the news has not yet leaked out.” Holy Angels, pray for us.
From my other blog, the Pelianito Journal blog:
Greater will be the future glory of this house than the former, says the LORD of hosts; and in this place I will give you peace, says the LORD of hosts. (Haggai 2:9)
“Peace, my child, my peace I give you. Not as the world gives, for peace is not of this world but springs from the fount of life and love. The Culture of Death cannot bring peace, but only discord. My child, the battle lines are being drawn: on one side life, peace, hope; on the other side death, discord, despair. Choose today which side you will serve. I put before you life and death. Choose life!”
My Jesus I trust in you alone. Help us Lord! We are weak, but in you we are strong. Give us the courage to defend life at all times. May the safe refuge of the Immaculate Heart surround and protect us as we take up the arms of life and love. Jesus in Mary we trust in you!