Though the form of angels changes from culture to culture, almost every culture throughout the world has reports of angels. Angels are different from guides in that they have not lived an Earth time existence; angels are of the stars and heavens, guides are of the Earth. From nature angels and angelic messengers, to your own personal guardian angel, there are many different kinds of angels and each serve a specific function in your life. Messenger angels are angels that sometimes take on human form for short periods to give you a message, offer help in times of danger or teach you an important lesson. Though it seems to be a rare occurrence, the form that most people associate with angels is the traditional church angels with wings.
Are angels appearing in human form. These angels appear when needed and then sometimes mysteriously disappear. Sometimes an angelic presence is seen as a flash of light but the most common way to tell if you are in the presence of angels is by the warm wave of love that washes over you. Some people find it helpful to have pictures or statues of angels within their home as this assists them to focus on angels. From Archangels to your personal guardian angels, right now angels are bridging our physical reality with their pure spiritual energy.
These are not the only angels who take care of us, we are also assigned a Guardian Angel who stays with us throughout all our incarnations. The more we live our lives for God, in love and joy, in light and peace, and in service to others, the closer our angels will be to us and the more we will sense their presence and loving help to enable us to heal our lives.
Zion’s Guardian Angel Peaks
Several hundred yards later we came to another trail junction and turned right onto the Northgate Peaks Trail. Do not take the Subway trail! If your goal is SGA stay straight on the Northgate Peaks Trail. The official Northgate Peaks trail ends after slightly more than a mile at a volcanic outcropping with a nice view of North Guardian Angel. We then began to follow its ridge down into the Subway, staying slightly to the left side.
The famous rock formation called the jug handle was almost directly across from where we entered the Subway, slightly hidden behind some vegetation. The jug handle indicated the beginning of the gully or chute leading up and out the other side of the Subway. After watching Steve struggle on the rock with the awkward maneuvering required, I went back down to the jug handle and found that if you climb up a vertical crease of rock directly against the right side of the gully, you reach a ledge that takes you past the difficult rock wall pitch. The trail zigzagged up the slope beside the gully and brought us up and out of the Subway. The rope never came out and we got down the last 100 feet into the Subway near the jug handle with little difficulty.
The only tricky route-finding was trying to find where we begin our descent back down into the Subway from the south rim. The challenging route-finding, the mysterious Subway, and beautiful sandstone rock made this one of my favorite hike/climbs on the DPS list. We could hear occasional whoops and hollers of people deep down in the Subway far below us.
Guardian Angel Settlement Association
The Guardian Angel Settlement Association is a non-sectarian, non-profit 501c3 in St. Louis, Missouri dedicated to empowering the disadvantaged through an array of programs which include family services, a food pantry, senior citizen support, and developmental childcare. The agency serves over 7,000 children, families and senior citizens each year through emergency services at its Hosea House location and with licensed, accredited child care at its Child Development Center. Founded in 1859 by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, as an orphanage for young girls Guardian Angel Settlement Association is one of the longest-enduring charitable organizations in the St. Louis area.
In 1911, Guardian Angel Settlement Association became the first settlement house established by the Catholic Church. In the 1910s Daisy E. Nirdlinger conducted business women’s literary class. In 1933, Guardian Angel Settlement Association became a member of United Charities, the forerunner of the United Way of Greater Saint Louis. It is now recognized as a charter member of the United Way and is one of its oldest member agencies.
In 1963, To make way for a new City park, the agency moves to the Darst-Webbe public housing project on Saint Louis’ Near South Side. In 2001, Takes over the operations and management of Hosea House, a 25-year-old social agency. In 2009, Agency celebrated 150th anniversary of serving the poor in St. Louis, August 31, 2009 with opening of new child development center.
Guardian Angels Back in St. Louis
If you’ve been around St. Louis long enough you remember when they were here in the 1980’s. They patrolled the Vaughn public housing projects but their presence in St. Louis never clicked with the local powers-that-be. Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, says that City Hall didn’t want to work with him, the aldermen didn’t back him, there was not much support.
Sliwa met with the St. Louis Police Department today to talk about setting up a chapter in St. Louis that would patrol the Hyde Park neighborhood in north St. Louis. He says there are varying degrees of cooperation in the cities were Guardian Angels are present.
They have chapter in 140 cities and more than a dozen countries. There are still some concerns from City Hall in St. Louis. After Sliwa met with police, he walked across the street and visited with Charles Bryson, the Director of Public Safety. He says that, legally, the city would not be responsible.
The Guardian Angel volunteers receive three months of training. Sliwa says he is hoping for a dozen to 18 volunteers to begin with to patrol the Hyde Park neighhborhood. He’s hoping it will expand to other neighborhoods and perhaps East St. Louis.