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Your Guardian Angel’s Day

Guardian Angel

Today is the feast day of our Guardian Angels!

A 2007 Harris poll found that 74% of U.S. adults believed in angels.

The word “angel,” in Greek is angelos, in Hebrew is malach, in Arabic is mala’ika– which all mean “messenger.”

Angels are incorporeal (bodiless) spiritual beings who act as intermediaries between God and humanity. Angels are defined by their function as message-bearers, although this function does not exhaust their activities. As spirits, they are believed to have been created by God to serve the supreme deity by fulfilling any and all tasks assigned to them.

St. Thomas Aquinas maintained that each Angel is unique, a species unto itself — a truly mind-boggling idea. That means each Angel is an individual, with his own personality and quirks. This may explain why some guardian angels are pro-active, while others are not.

Major philosophers — such as the great medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), René Descartes, John Locke, and most recently, the American philosopher Mortimer Adler — have put forth compelling reasoning for the existence of Angels. (For the conversion of Adler, a Jew, to the Catholic faith, see the moving account, “A Philosopher-Pagan Comes Home“.)

Scripture tells us there is a hierarchy of Angels — there are various gradations or “orders” of Angels. We know this because in Genesis 3:24, Isaiah 6:1-7, Ezekiel 1, 10, Romans 8:38, Ephesians 1:21, 3:10, 6:12, Colossians 1:16, 2:10, 2:15, allusions are made to “seraphim,” “cherubim,” “thrones,” “dominions,” “mights,” “powers,” and “principalities” in the “heavenly places.”

Aquinas and other theologians say ​there are nine orders of angels, but only the last five angelic orders (Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, Angels) minister to bodily creatures and, of them, only the last three minister to human beings. That, of course, suggests two angelic orders — those of Virtues and Powers — minister to nonhuman bodily creatures, including animals whom St. Bonaventure called “creatures without sin.” Isn’t that a happy thought? — that our pets also have angels?

  • Principalities are in charge of the whole of humanity — of nations or countries.
  • Archangels minister to nations — their leaders and those persons whom God tasks with special work to do on earth.
  • Angels, the last order, are God’s messengers and guardians of individual human beings.

How do we know each of us has a guardian angel?

Because Jesus tells us so!

“See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)

According to St. Thomas Aquinas, a guardian angel is appointed by God’s loving providence to each human being from the moment of birth because “the dignity of human souls is great.”

Throughout the lives of “changeable and fallible” human beings, their guardian angels assist them toward goodness. Although the guardians never fail or forsake their human charges, they eschew interfering with divine providence or with our free will—to commit sin if we so choose, to endure trials and troubles, and to suffer punishment.

When I see a drunk or derelict sleeping on a bus bench or curled up in a street corner, I can’t help but wonder how very sad their guardian angels must be. Imagine what it must be like to be the guardian angel of a serial killer . . . .

St. Thomas also wrote that at the end of a human being’s earthly life, the guardian angel of the virtuous person will be replaced with an angelic companion because the guardian’s mission will have been successfully discharged. The wicked in Hell, however, “will have a fallen angel to punish him” for eternity. [Source: Msgr. Paul J. Glenn, A Tour of the Summa (Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books, 1978), p. 93.]

Just because we can’t see them doesn’t mean our guardian angels aren’t with us all the time. In fact, there are many stories of angelic encounters and assistance. See, for example:

You’ll find more angel stories on FOTM’s “Angels & Saints” page,

My days are so busy with blogging and house- and garden-work that the only time when my mind is at rest is when I’m taking my solitary walk in the hills. On one such walk, I talked to my guardian angel and humbly asked him to show me he’s there. Instantaneously, I felt his presence walking alongside me, to my right. I can’t tell you what he looks like (he is a bodiless spirit after all), but what I felt was his staggeringly-profound LOVE — a love that is unconditional and wholly unearned, the depths of which I’ve never experienced from a human.

Here’s a simple prayer to our guardian angels, by St. Bonaventure (1221-1274):

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom His Love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard,
to rule and guide. Amen.

Talk to your Guardian Angel!

He loves you very very much, more than you’ll ever know.

And thank your Guardian Angel today and every day — for watching over and protecting you, and for loving you in spite of ourselves. 


A Day of Archangels

Today is the Feast Day of the Archangels!

September 29 traditionally was set aside as the Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel. (The word “saint” simply means “holy.”) Then the Church made it the feast day of all the Archangels.

Three Angels are named in the Bible:

  1. Michael
  2. Gabriel: in Hebrew, the name means “God is my might”
  3. Raphael: in Hebrew, the name means “God has healed”

Notice that all three names end with “El” — which means God, in Hebrew. Thus, each Archangel’s name ending in “el” means they are “of God.”

Archangel Gabriel appears to Mary
The Annunciation by Sandro Botticelli, 1485

The word “angel,” in Greek is angelos; in Hebrew is malach; in Arabic is mala’ika — which all mean “messenger.”

Angels are incorporeal (bodiless) spiritual beings who act as intermediaries between God and humanity. Angels are defined by their function as messengers or message-bearers, although this function does not exhaust their activities because they were created by God to serve the supreme deity by fulfilling any and all tasks assigned to them.

In other words, being an angel or messenger simply denotes one of their functions, not their nature. St. Thomas Aquinas maintained that each angel is unique, a species unto itself — truly a mind-boggling idea.

Major philosophers — such as Thomas Aquinas, René Descartes, John Locke, and most recently, the American philosopher Mortimer Adler — have put forth compelling reasons for the existence of Angels. (For the conversion of Adler, a Jew, to the Catholic faith, see the moving account, “A Philosopher-Pagan Comes Home.)

Theologians maintain there is a hierarchy of Angels, due to the fact that in Genesis 3:24, Isaiah 6:1-7, Ezekiel 1, 10, Romans 8:38, Ephesians 1:21, 3:10, 6:12, Colossians 1:16, 2:10, 2:15, allusions are made to “seraphim,” “cherubim,” “thrones,” “dominions,” “mights,” “powers,” and “principalities” in the “heavenly places.”

Dionysius and St. Thomas Aquinas delineated three hierarchies of Angels, with each hierarchy comprised of three orders:

  • 1st hierarchy: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones.
  • 2nd hierarchy: Dominions, Virtues, Powers.
  • 3rd hierarchy: Principalities, Archangels, Angels.

Of the nine angelic orders, five are sent by God for external ministry among bodily creatures, as indicated by their names of Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels—all of which refer to some kind of administrative or executive office. Of these five orders, only the last three minister to human beings, which suggests Virtues and Powers minister to other bodily creatures, including all the non-human animals whom St. Bonaventure called “creatures without sin”!

  • Principalities are in charge of the whole of humanity.
  • Archangels minister to nations — their leaders and those persons whom God tasks with special work to do on Earth.
  • Angels, the last order, are God’s messengers to and guardians of individual human beings.

The name “Lucifer” means “Morning Star,” “Son of the Dawn,” or “Light Carrier.” For that reason, theologians believe that Lucifer was a high-order Angel, most likely the highest order — a Seraphim. Aquinas thought him to be “probably the highest of all the angels.” But Lucifer admires and loves himself more than his Creator and thinks himself to be “as God.” And so, swollen with narcissism and grandiosity, Lucifer rebelled, taking a third of the angelic beings with him.

StMichaelTheArchangelBut, a lower-order Angel, full of courage and love of God, rallied together two-thirds of the angelic ranks against the apostates, in the First War that began the enduring conflict between good and evil:

Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it. (Revelation 12:7-9)

That braveheart’s name is Micha-el, which means “Who is like God?”

I like to think “Who is like God?” is Micha-el‘s battle cry . . . .

St. Michael the Archangel is believed to be the captain or prince of the heavenly armies and the most beloved of all the Angels. He is mentioned in Daniel 10:13,31; 12:1 (where he is said to be the prince of the people of Israel); in Jude 9 (where he is said to have disputed with the devil about the body of Moses); and in Revelation 12:7 (where he is said to have led the heavenly armies against those of the great dragon).

Described in Revelation 10:1 as a “mighty angel…with a halo around his head; his face was like the sun and his feet were like pillars of fire,” St. Michael is generally portrayed by artists as wearing full armor and carrying a sword or lance, with his foot on the neck of a dragon. (Pictures of the martyred St. George are often similar, but only Micha-el has wings.)

michaelfrMichael has four main titles or offices. He is:

  • Patron of the Chosen People in the Old Testament.
  • Patron saint and defender of the Church.
  • The Angel of death, who assists Jesus in the final judgment (thus, Michael is sometimes depicted with a scale).
  • Leading the good angels against the fallen angels or demons. For that reason, Christians consider St. Michael the most powerful defender of God’s people against evil. As such, Michael is also the patron saint of soldiers and policemen. (For the Prayer to St. Michael, go here.)

All of which is why St. Michael the Archangel — the Braveheart of Angels — is my most favorite saint, whom I admire and love with all my heart. He is my captain. As you can see from this blog’s masthead, he is also the protector of Fellowship of the Minds.

Happy Feast Day, St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael!

Thank you for inspiring us with your humility, courage, goodness, and love for God.

Thank you, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, for creating the marvelous Angels!


For a fascinating account of one man’s experience with the Archangel Michael, click here. Check out FOTM’s other saints and angels posts, here!


  1. Mortimer J. Adler, The Angels and Us (New York: Macmillan, 1982).
  2. Matthew Bunson, Angels A to Z: A Who’s Who of the Heavenly Host (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1996), pp. 181-184.
  3. Michael H. Brown, Prayer of the Warrior (Goleta, CA: Queenship Publishing Co., 1993), p. 34.
  4. René Descartes, Meditations On First Philosophy, trans. by Donald A. Cress (Indianapolis & Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc., 1979).
  5. John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, edited with an introduction by A. D. Woozley (Cleveland & New York: Meridian Books, 1968),
  6. Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas, Volume One(New York: Benziger Brothers, 1947).

Actress Helen Mirren: Man putting his arm around a woman is a sign of ownership

Helen Mirren, 70, is a widely-acclaimed British actress who, rightly, won the Academy Award in 2007 for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.

She is also lauded for (apparently) resisting getting face-lifts and collagen trout-lips, unlike so many U.S. actresses.

Helen Mirren

And though Mirren, like everyone, is entitled to her opinions, I just wish actors would keep their political opinions to themselves.

The UK’s Independent reports, Sept. 13, 2015, that speaking to the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine, Mirren said:

“It annoys me when I see men with an arm slung around their girlfriend’s shoulders. It’s like ownership. Of course, when you’re young, you want the guy to take your hand and look after you. But when I see girls being leaned on, I want to say, ‘tell him to get his damned arm off your shoulder’.”

Mirren has previously spoken out about the way women are perceived publicly, calling for a halting of the use of “insulting” words like “sassy” and “feisty” to describe women.

Speaking to the Times earlier this year, Mirren said she detests being described as an actress who takes on “feisty” roles. She said, “Only women are feisty. It just makes me gag. We need to find new words for female power and funniness and smartness.”

Mirren also said that if she could give her younger self one piece of advice, “it would be to use the words ‘f*** off’ more frequently”.

Metallimel, a reader of the Independent article, wrote this comment:

Bravo Helen, Bravo! I too hate it when men do this. It is absolutely a declaration of ownership. It is these simple and seemingly innocent micro-aggressions that hold back equality for women. Men never get called feisty, or sassy, and even in 2015, one of the most insulting things you can call a man is “girl”.

So, after thousands of years of human civilization, we have arrived at a point when a man putting his arm around a woman is not just a sign of his condescending patriarchy, but is a “micro-aggression.”

God help us.

Already the Left are banning gender words like “male” and “female” from universities. If they continue to get their way, soon there will be no males and females. We’ll become transgenders, stop reproducing, and the human species will die off. Perhaps then, feminists like Mirren and Metallimel will finally be happy.

See also:


Pope Francis praises homosexual children’s book

In 2006, when he was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal William J. Levada authored “The Family in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in which he states that The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms that “The vocation of marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator” (1603) and that “In creating man and woman, God instituted the human family and endowed it with its fundamental constitution” (2203). Levada writes:

Since marriage and family have their basis in the created order, confirmed by the explicit Revelation of God, the Church necessarily opposes the adoption of human laws that would abandon or overturn this order, such as is the case with laws that would recognize same-sex or polygamous “marriage.” Human laws and judicial decisions that fail to respect this fundamental and perennial teaching are contrary to God’s law, and are rightly considered unjust.

And yet Pope Francis is praising a children’s book celebrating homosexual parenting and same-sex families.

Rosie Scammel reports for The Guardian, Aug. 28, 2015, that the Italian children’s book is titled Piccolo Uovo (Little Egg), with a cover adorned by cute hippos, kangaroos and penguins. While following the adventures of an egg may seem harmless enough, its discovery of different family types – including same sex – has prompted a backlash by conservatives who accuse Italian author Francesca Pardi of promoting a pro-homosexuality gender theory.

Francesca Pardi (l) with wife and adopted children

Francesca Pardi (l) with wife and adopted children

Pardi is a lesbian in a same-sex relationship with her business partner, Maria Silvia Fiengo. The two women traveled to Spain to be legally married and adopted four children in the Netherlands.

In the book, the egg encounters a pair of gay penguins, lesbian rabbits successfully bringing up a family, as well as other family models, including a single parent hippo, a mixed race dog couple, and kangaroos that have adopted polar bear cubs.

Piccolo Uovo

The book was met with disapproval by Venice’s new mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, who in June banned Piccolo Uovo and about 50 other titles from schools. The decision led more than 250 Italian authors to demand their own books be removed from the city’s shelves, a move one writer described as a “protest against an appalling gesture of censorship and ignorance”.

Now Pardi has found an unlikely supporter in Pope Francis, who through his staff has written to the author praising her work. Peter B. Wells, a senior official at the Vatican secretariat of state wrote in a July 9 letter to Lo Stampatello, the publisher of Piccolo Uovo, commending the book for spreading “Christian values”:

“His holiness [Pope Francis] is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values.”

Msgr Peter Wells

Peter B. Wells

Msgr. Peter Brian Wells was born in Oklahoma, was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1991, and is now the number 3 man in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State.

Wells’ letter was a response to a parcel of children’s books sent by Pardi to the pontiff in June, all published by Lo Stampatello. In addition to Piccolo Uovo, 7 or 8 books also deal with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues (LGBT). Pardi accompanied the books with a letter bemoaning the attacks she has come under in recent months:

“Many parishes across the country are in this period sullying our name and telling falsehoods about our work which deeply offends us. We have respect for Catholics … A lot of Catholics give back the same respect, why can’t we have the whole hierarchy of the church behind us?”

Pardi said she had not expected a reply and was surprised to receive the letter at her Milan home.

The Vatican said the closing blessing of the private letter was addressed to Pardi and not in support of teachings which went against church doctrine on ‘gender theory’.

The Vatican deems homosexual relationships “intrinsically disordered” and “contrary to natural law”, preaching that gay people must live a life of chastity in order to be good Catholics. While such a doctrine has effectively excluded people in same-sex relationships from the church, Pope Francis has adopted a more welcoming approach during his papacy. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” he said in 2013. The same year, a gay man in France told his local newspaper he had received a reassuring phone call from the pope – a claim the Vatican denied.

Catholics worldwide have started campaigning against the pope’s openness, with more than half a million signing a petition calling on Francis to reaffirm church teachings on gay people and divorcees. Signatories of the Filial appeal aim to have an impact on the Vatican’s synod on the family in October, when church teachings will be discussed by the world’s leading churchmen. The petition has notably been signed by traditionalist Cardinal Raymond Burke, who was demoted by the pope last year.

As in the United States, attitudes on homosexual marriage in Italy are changing, with recent polls showing the majority of voters are in favor of “gay” marriage and adoption. Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has pledged to legislate for same-sex unions this year. He has come under growing pressure to fulfil the promise following a decision by the European court of human rights, which ruled that Italy failed to protect same-sex couples.

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London’s symbol for feminism is a she-hound from Hell

Have you noticed how it’s women who spearhead the abortion movement, and are the top officials and staff workers at Planned Parenthood (PP), as well as the founders and CEOs of two hugely profitable “biotechnology” companies (StemExpress and Advanced BioScience Resources) that procure body organs and tissue of babies aborted by PP? See:

When did the feminist movement become a synonym of murder?

So it’s entirely appropriate that London’s Hyde Park has erected a statue of a wingéd, 8-breasted demon from hell as a symbol of feminism.


As reported by Now.Here.This on May 28, 2015, called “She Guardian,” the bronze statue is 36 feet high and weighs 4 tons. It was sculpted over the course of 2 years by Russian artist Dashi Namdakov, who says the ferocity of the sculpture demonstrates the monster’s “maternal protectiveness toward her young.”

Robert Davis, deputy leader of the UK’s Westminster City Council, said the London Hyde Park’s “Marble Arch is our prime location for which we only use the best possible work. Hopefully this piece will inspire and delight in equal measure.”

John Squires of disagrees:


With wings, cloven hooves, and a set of fangs that would make Dracula jealous, ‘She Guardian’ looks like the sort of creature you’d expect to see guarding the gates of Hell, and perhaps even being ridden around by Satan himself. The sculpture is downright nightmarish, and I’m not sure I’m inspired or delighted.

H/t Fr. Z’s Blog

Since Hillary Clinton still defends Planned Parenthood, including PP’s sale of body organs harvested from born-alive late-term aborted babies, I have an idea for her presidential campaign.

Instead of that stupid arrow, the She Guardian hound from Hell is a much more appropriate symbol. We finally found the perfect image of the Hildebeast!

Hillary Clinton for President 2016

See also “UK is lost: Muhammad is top boy’s name; 1 in 2 young people identify as not 100% heterosexual; regular church attendance down to 6%“.


Creation: Look at the beautiful ‘crop circle’ a little Pufferfish makes with just his fins!

The male Japanese Pufferfish is grey instead of brightly-colored. So he must use his ingenuity to attract females for mating.

Using just his fins and working 24 hours a day for an entire week, the little fish creates an astonishingly complex and beautiful “crop-circle” sand design in the sea bed.

A big h/t to FOTM’s Glenn47

The Japanese Pufferfish (Takifugu or fugu) is native to salt and brackish waters of the northwest Pacific; a few species are found in freshwater of Asia and the Indo-Pacific region.

The fish defends itself by:

  • Inflating its body, filling its extremely elastic stomach with water (or air when outside of the water) until the fish is almost spherical. Hence, the name blowfish or pufferfish.
  • Poisoning its predators with the neurotoxin tetrodotoxin contained in its body, which is about 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide. Each fish has enough poison to kill around 30 adult humans.

Perversely, precisely because the Japanese Pufferfish is so poisonous, it is considered a delicacy in Japan. Only specially licensed chefs can prepare and sell fugu to the public. Although the consumption of the fish’s liver and ovaries is forbidden, those parts are considered the most delicious by some because small amounts of the poison give a special desired sensation on the tongue. Every year a number of people die because they underestimate the amount of poison in the consumed fugu parts.

Japanese Pufferfish sand design

The Japanese Pufferfish puts us to shame.

There once was a time when women were virtuous, and men actually courted women as a prize to be won and worked hard to provide for his family. Unlike this precious creature of God, we humans — male and female — cheapen sex and, therefore, ourselves.


Face of blood-thirsty Hindu demon projected on Empire State Building

On the night of August 1, 2015, the Empire State Building in New York City was lit up with projections of gigantic images of endangered animals.

The event was to promote a new documentary, Racing Extinction. The filmmakers said on their website, “We lit up the Empire State Building with the world’s most beautiful — and threatened — species to show the world what’s at stake.”

Some 160 different endangered species were shown, including Cecil the lion (see below) who was shot dead last month in Zimbabwe by Walter Palmer, a dentist who thinks killing unarmed animals is fun.

Cecil the Lion on Empire State University

To see some of the other animals, go to Buzzfeed.

At the end of the light show, the faces of a humanoid female were shown, including one depicting her face as black with a third eye in her forehead and a red tongue sticking out Miley Cyrus-like.

Kali on Empire State Building

The faces are of the Hindu goddess Kali, as captured by artist Android Jones.

Buzzfeed reports that Jones said he used Kali’s image to provide a “fierce new avatar” in the fight against pollution, extinction, and the harm that Earth is enduring today.

That’s a curious goddess to invoke in the fight to protect Earth’s environment. According to Wikipedia, Kālī means “the black one” or “beyond time”:

[Although] recent devotional movements re-imagine Kāli as a benevolent mother goddess . . . The figure of Kāli conveys death, destruction, and the consuming aspects of reality. As such, she is also a “forbidden thing”, or even death itself.

That would explain why Kali is typically portrayed wearing a necklace of skulls and a belt-skirt of bloody severed arms and hands, holding a blood-stained sword in one hand and a severed head in another, while standing triumphant on the body of her husband, the Hindu god Shiva.

KaliKali by Raja Ravi Varma

“The figure of Kāli conveys death, destruction…. As such, she is…death itself.” But environmentalists, feminists and New Agers view Kali as their goddess?

Only if they regard human beings as a blight on Earth, as articulated by the android Agent Smith in the 1999 movie The Matrix:

In the following video, Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson maintains that the face of the murderous Kali on the Empire State Building signifies radical environmentalists’ aim to depopulate the Earth.

Why is it that environmental nazis like Android Jones don’t off themselves in their quest to depopulate Earth of the human virus? Noooo, they want to off you instead.

H/t MomOfIV

See also “A day after Muslim killed 4 Marines in Chattanooga, Empire State Building lights up in green to honor end of Ramadan”.