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The true meaning of Thanksgiving: A Christian holiday to thank God

  1. Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays in America.

But in the hands of “progressives,” public schools and the Hate America Media (HAM), Thanksgiving has long become yet another occasion for white guilt. If you want an illustration, see my 2010 post, “Thanksgiving card from my liberal friend“.

But did you know that unlike other secular holidays like Labor Day or the Fourth of July, the Thanksgiving that you think is a secular holiday is actually a national holiday that is explicitly religious in nature?

As shown in the quotes below, Thanksgiving was instituted as a day to thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed on America.

George Washington prays at Valley Forge, winter of 1777-1778 (painting by Arnold Friberg)

In 1789, in his first year in office, President George Washington called for a day of Thanksgiving because —

“it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”

In 1815, President James Madison issued a proclamation for “a day of thanksgiving and of devout acknowledgments to Almighty God for His great goodness.” After Madison, however, Thanksgiving reverted to a regional celebration in New England for 48 years.

In a proclamation in the midst of the Civil War on October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official national holiday. Here is the full text of his proclamation:

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) takes this occasion to thank our readers for their loyalty to this little-blog-that-can that persists in spite of all the malicious efforts to silence us: the August 15, 2018 take-down by WordPress, and the many distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) bot and spam attacks since.

As the owner of FOTM, I also want to take this occasion to thank our writers, who give so selflessly of their labor, time and talent, without a single penny in remuneration. I also owe a special “thank you” to Andy, the IT wiz who resolved and prevents the DDOS attacks by shielding FOTM with an impervious security wall.

But most of all, I thank the magnificent and magnanimous Triune Godhead for the many blessings He’s given America, in spite of our failings, perversities, and rising evil. 2020 has been a trying year, likely the most horrible year for many of us. Despite COVID-19 and the attendant restrictions on our freedom, a travail made many times worse by the seeming election of Joe Biden to the presidency, we must take heart as there are still so many good things in America. Keep the faith!

Psalm 100

A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
serve the Lord, with gladness;
come before Him with joyful song.
Know that the Lord, is God,
He made us, we belong to Him,
we are His people, the flock He shepherds.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name;
good indeed is the Lord,
His mercy endures forever,
His faithfulness lasts through every generation.

On this Thanksgiving Day, what do you thank the Creator for?

See also “7 health benefits of being grateful“.

God bless you, and may God bless America,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: King of the Universe

Colossians 1:15-17

He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.

Today is the feast day of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe!

It was foretold.

Book of Daniel 7:13-14:

As the visions during the night continued, I saw
one like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
when he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Our Lord Jesus Christ confirmed it.

John 18:33-37:

Pilate said to Jesus,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?”
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I?
Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me.
What have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.

And we are told He will come again.

Revelation 1:5-8:

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father,
to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him.
All the peoples of the earth will lament him.
Yes. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God,
“the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”

Tell the King of the Universe that you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength!

And may the joy and peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: The woman who fears the Lord

Proverbs 31:10-12, 17, 20, 25-26, 30-31

When one finds a worthy wife,
her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
all the days of her life….
She girds herself with strength;
she exerts her arms with vigor….
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy….
She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and laughs at the days to come.
She opens her mouth in wisdom;
kindly instruction is on her tongue….
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her a reward for her labors,
and let her works praise her at the city gates.

In our time, the passage in Proverbs 31 about the good wife has become politically incorrect and cringe-worthy to the “modern” woman, especially the part about the wife weaving wool and flax with skillful hands (Proverbs 31:13).

But did you know that throughout human history, women had been the guardians of morality?

Being child-bearers and child-rearers, women have a vested interest in a morality-governed social order — of marital fidelity and commitment, law and order, and all the attendant virtues.

In the words of Irish poet John Boyle O’Reilly (1844-1890):

Women are at once the guardians and the well-spring of the world’s faith, morality, and tenderness; and if ever they are degraded to a commonplace level with men, this fine essential quality will be impaired, and their weakness will have to beg and follow where now it guides and controls.

So much of our present darkness and woes can be attributed to women having foresaken their crucial role as guardians of morality and the good. Instead, women now champion their right to kill their unborn and even the newly-born. “Feminists” take pride in being sluts, callously and heartlessly calling their unborn children “parasites”.

Pro-gun control “March for Our Lives” demonstration in Washington, DC, March 24, 2018

That is why I believe abortion is a portal to the demonic.

Instead of the grotesqueries that women have become, this is what women and good wives should be.

May the peace of love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour

Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 
Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. 
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. 
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.

In our childhood, youth, and for most of our lives, we live each day without nary a thought of our mortality — that we surely will die one day. Or if we do think about it, that “one day” is far, far away in some misty future.

It is only when a loved one passes away or if we receive a grave medical diagnosis that death — our own death — becomes real.

But in truth, as those who suddenly lost a relative or close friend know only too well, our “one day” can be any day.

A year and two months ago, I had spoken to my husband in our usual 6:30 a.m. phone call (he was in an assisted living facility), and all seemed well. Then, at 9 a.m., I received the dreaded phone call, that he had had a stroke and was taken to ER. Two days later, he passed away — my intellectual soul mate whom I had loved since I was 22.

My only consolation is that, at my insistence and hours-long wait for a priest, my husband received the holy sacrament of the Last Rites before he breathed his last. Though his body is gone, his immortal soul lives and is with God — my belief confirmed by messages in words and visions that I, my best friend and my husband’s former student all received.

So, when Our Lord instructs us to “stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour,” we really need to heed His warning.

If you were to die tomorrow, how would you account for your life before the Creator?

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep,
so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Election 2020 – Open Thread

Morning after election day:

Election is undecided because, we are told, many votes are still not counted, mainly mail-in votes. This much we do know:

  • President Trump has kept the states he won in 2016 except for Arizona, which flipped to blue, where Margaret McSally whom the GOP appointed to replace dead senator John McCain, lost to former astronaut Democrat Mark Kelly.
  • Battle ground states are up in the air. A cause for our worries is that in those states, the yet-uncounted mail-in votes are mainly from the big cities that are Demonrat strongholds.
  • Republicans are keeping their Senate majority, though they lost one seat.
  • Although Demonrats have kept their majority in the House, contrary to predictions that they would greatly increase their majority, they’re not.
  • Pundits say it may come down to a split in electoral votes between Trump and Biden, in which case, the House would decide — which would be bad news for us because of Demonrats being a majority in the House.
  • On the brighter side, the pre-election polls that kept saying Biden had a big lead over Trump, are just plain wrong.

Please keep praying. I asked St. Michael the Archangel to help us, and saw in my mind’s eye he and his army of angels furiously battling nefarious forces.

PRAY!

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Philippians 4:4, 6-7

Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always:
and again I say, Rejoice.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

A Petition to Our Father

Psalm 17:1-13, 15

Hear, LORD, my plea for justice;
pay heed to my cry;
Listen to my prayer
from lips without guile.
From you let my vindication come;
your eyes see what is right.
You have tested my heart,
searched it in the night.
You have tried me by fire,
but find no malice in me.
My mouth has not transgressed
as others often do.
As your lips have instructed me,
I have kept from the way of the lawless.
My steps have kept to your paths;
my feet have not faltered.
I call upon you; answer me, O God.
Turn your ear to me; hear my speech.
Show your wonderful mercy,
you who deliver with your right arm
those who seek refuge from their foes.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the wicked who despoil me.
My ravenous enemies press upon me;
they close their hearts,
they fill their mouths with proud roaring.
Their steps even now encircle me;
they watch closely, keeping low to the ground,
Like lions eager for prey,
like a young lion lurking in ambush.
Rise, O LORD, confront and cast them down;
rescue my soul from the wicked.

I am just—let me see your face;
when I awake, let me be filled with your presence.

Today, Americans will each go to our respective polling stations to cast our ballots for the gravest, most consequential election in our lifetime.

May God send the Holy Spirit and the Archangel Michael to help us.

May God have mercy on us, a sinful people.

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2 Thessalonians 3:1-3, 5

Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us,
so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified,
as it did among you,
and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people,
for not all have faith.
But the Lord is faithful;
he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God
and to the endurance of Christ.

See “Predictions of a Trump landslide victory so huge ‘people’s heads will explode

~Eowyn

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We are all called to be saints!

Revelation 7:9-14

After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb.”

All the angels stood around the throne
and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They prostrated themselves before the throne,
worshiped God, and exclaimed:

“Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might
be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,
“Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.”
He said to me,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”

Today is All Saints’ Day — the day when we remember and honor the saints.

Do not be intimidated by the word “saint” — it simply means “holy”.

The Oxford Dictionary defines “holy” as a person who is dedicated to God, who is morally and spiritually excellent.

Today is the feast day of all holy persons, among whose ranks may be your family and friends who have passed away, whose numbers are far greater than those formally declared as saints by the Catholic Church.

Among the many things that distress me about the Church today is how rarely, if ever, priests make mention of the saints in their homilies. That puzzles me because the saints are our role models. They were, like us, wholly imperfect human beings. As an example, St. Jerome (331-420) is described as “By nature an irascible man with a sharp tongue” who “made enemies as well as friends” — which goes to show that one doesn’t have to be perfect to be a saint!

1 John 3:1-3

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
as he is pure.


God created us so that we eventually will join Him in Heaven for all eternity.

Since saints are holy, and only holy people will see God face to face, that means we are all called to be saints.

This morning, on All Saints’ Day, I’ll say it outright:

I want to be a saint!
And I want all of you to be saints!

Please join me in making the same affirmation. And let us help each other to become saints.

For the lives of some saints, please go to our “Angels & Saints” page.

The Greatest Commandment is to love God with our whole hearts, our whole souls, our whole minds, and with all our strength.

May the peace and joy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Éowyn

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Sunday Devotional: The Greatest Commandment of All

Matthew 22:34-38

But when the Pharisees heard
that He had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together.
Then one of them, a lawyer,
asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

Jesus said to him,
“‘You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.’
This is the first and great commandment.”

Truth is, and should be, simple.

Our Lord has a marvellous way of cutting through the dross to the heart of an issue — and He does exactly that in Matthew 22 in identifying the Greatest Commandment of All.

Think about it….

For it we truly love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind, then we also are faithful to the Ten Commandments.

The ten follow the one, logically and naturally, because loving God with our whole heart, mind and soul, we would not want to offend or disappoint Him by:

  1. Worshipping other so-called gods, or ourselves as gods — which was the first sin of Lucifer and of our first parents in that first garden.
  2. Taking His name in vain — using His holy name as a profanity or as an emotional outburst.
  3. Not keeping holy His day.
  4. Not honoring our earthly parents who chose not to abort us and to whom we owe our very lives.
  5. Killing another in body or spirit.
  6. Disrespecting our marital vows and the institution of marriage by committing adultery.
  7. Stealing or wasting another’s possession, resource or time.
  8. Bearing false witness against or telling lies about another.
  9. Coveting — lusting or longing for — another’s spouse, which is a form of adultery.
  10. Coveting another’s goods — feeling envious, resentful, or entitled to what others have.


May the peace and love of Jesus Christ, our Lord, be with you!

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me

Philippians 4:1, 4-7, 13

[I]in this way stand firm in the Lord, beloved….
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus….
I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.

We live in dark times.

Evil seems to grow every day, by the minute.

The upcoming election will, no exaggeration, determine the fate of not just our lives, but the integrity of the U.S. Constitution and the continuation of the American Republic.

So, it is difficult not to fret and, sometimes, even despair.

At this point, only 23 days until Election Day, there is really very little anyone of us can do, other than pray and contribute whatever money we can to the candidates who stand for and will fight for what is right and good.

When Our Lord was suffering on the cross, He abandoned Himself completely to His Father’s will: “Thy will be done.”

We can do likewise.

Close your eyes and say the Surrender Prayer:

“Jesus, I surrender myself to You.
Jesus, You take care of it.
Jesus, I trust in You.
Thy will be done.”

May the peace, strength and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Have no anxiety at all

Philippians 4:6-9

Brothers and sisters:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
Keep on doing what you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Today is our Guardian Angels’ feast day!

Today is the feast day of our Guardian Angels!

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

How do we know that 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

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

Angels are incorporeal (without body, material form or substance) spiritual beings who can assume bodily form. They act as messengers and intermediaries between God and humanity. St. Augustine said that although angels are defined by their function as messengers or message-bearers, their activities are not limited to just this function. Messenger is 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. (J.R.R. Tolkien, a devout Catholic, probably had angels in mind when he fashioned the Ents, who are each a species unto itself.) That means each angel is truly an individual, with his own personality and quirks. This may explain why some guardian angels are pro-active, while others seem not to be.

Major philosophers — such as the great medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), René Descartes (1596-1650), John Locke (1632-1704), and most recently, the American philosopher Mortimer Adler (1902-2001) — offered compelling reasoning for the existence of angels. (For the conversion of Adler, a Jew, see “A philosopher-pagan comes home: The conversion of Mortimer Adler“.)

Theologians maintain there is a hierarchy of angels, their belief stemming from allusions in both the Old and New Testaments (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) to “seraphim,” “cherubim,” “thrones,” “dominions,” “mights,” “powers” and “principalities” in the “heavenly places.”

Dionysius the Areopagite and St. Thomas Aquinas delineated three hierarchies of angels, and three orders within each hierarchy, totaling nine orders in all:

  • 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 implies that the other two orders minister to non-human bodily creatures, like animals?):

  • 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.

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, 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 . . . .

In Summa Theologica, 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. What a wondrous thought — that our guardian Angel who has known and loved us all our lives will be our friend and companion through all eternity!

But the wicked in Hell “will have a fallen angel [or demon] to punish him” for eternity. Let that thought sink in . . . .

My husband, James, who passed away a year and a month ago, was blessed to have encountered his guardian angel (see “We have no nurse named Benjamin“). James spent the three years before he passed in a quality assisted care facility where he continued to write each day, and succeeded in publishing three books. He said he felt his angel’s presence and companionship all the time. There were times when he almost fell but didn’t, propped up by an invisible hand.

How his angel, Benjamin, must love him.

I believe James finally saw his angel face-to-face, and the two are wandering the Universe together.

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:

My days are so busy with writing and family-, house- and garden-work that the only time when my mind is at rest is when I walk in the hills. On one such walk some years ago, I talked to my guardian angel and humbly asked him to show me he’s there. Instantly, I felt his presence walking alongside me, on 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 have never, and will never, experienced from any 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.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. How is my relationship with my guardian angel?
  2. Do I listen to him?
  3. Do I bid him good day in the morning?
  4. Do I tell him: “Guard me while I sleep”?
  5. Do I speak with him?
  6. Do I ask for his advice?

Talk to your Guardian Angel!

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

Tell him you love him.

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

~Eowyn

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