Our Guardian Angels
By Fr. Joseph Ventura, C.P. One of the most consoling doctrines of Scripture is that of the guardianship of angels; the doctrine which teaches that man in this world is guided and protected by invisible beings called angels. Scripture openly teaches that among the angels there are those deputed by God to keep watch over men. Thus Origen sets it down among the doctrines as to which there is no controversy in the Church, that some of the good Angels are God’s ministers in promoting the salvation of men.
This doctrine has also been confirmed by the Church in the institution of a feast in honor of the Guardian Angels. In these festivities the angels were not only honored, but also invoked as our guardians and helpers. It is certain that each one of the faithful has his own angel guardian. The same is commonly asserted for sinners and for those not of the faith; for Christ died for all, even for those not of the faith, and merited for all the means of salvation; and one of these means, in the present dispensation, is the guardianship of angels: hence not only the faithful who are Just, but also sinners and those not of the faith, have each an angel guardian. Not individual men alone, but communities also are under the guardianship of angels.
The Doctors hold most probably that there is a special angel guardian for the Church, namely St. Michael. Vindictive punishments however are generally inflicted through the bad angels. Respect for their presence: indeed the angel guardian is always with us, and because he is a spirit pure and holy, we ought to avoid whatever could grieve him. Thankfulness and love for his kindness: for the angel guardian is for us as it were a benefactor, friend, and brother, and will be one day a partaker of the same inheritance in heaven; hence we ought to love him, think of him, and obey his inspirations.
Pastor claims to have photographed a ‘Guardian angel’ kneeling and ‘praying’ over man who narrowly survived car crash
An Abbeville County, South Carolina man was severely injured in a car wreckA pastor stopped to pray for him and took pictures of the sceneThe ghostly image of what the family reportedly believes was a ‘guardian angel’ can be seen ‘kneeling’ and ‘praying’ over the man in one photo By Kiri Blakeley For Dailymail.com. The family of a man who survived a car wreck is convinced a guardian angel saved his life – and that there’s photographic evidence of the divine intervention. An Abbeville County, South Carolina man who was involved in a car crash on Highway 252 on Tuesday was able to crawl out of the totaled Ford Explorer window. The pastor, Michael Clary, says that he was in ‘prayer mode’ asking God to save the man. Later, he says he noticed that one of the photos showed a ‘guardian angel’ kneeling near the man, praying.
The white shape appears on the right side of the photo, hovering over the injured man. While some commenters were quick to point out that the white mass was likely a reflection – the man’s family takes comfort in the idea that their loved one indeed did receive the grace of a divine presence. ‘You can see on the picture, on the right-hand side that the angel looks like he’s actually knelt with his hands up praying over him,’ Lynn Wooten, a cousin of the crash victim, told Fox Carolina. Clary, who took the photo but didn’t post it on Facebook because of the man’s injuries, did post others snaps he took of the scene. When I got to where it was I was shocked to see a young man on ground curled in a ball the whole time this was happening I was in prayer mode asking God to protect this person. ‘After all emergency responders got there and he was airlifted I was still praying. Some commenters were less than convinced that an angel was protecting the man, and chalked it up to human intervention.
Since breaking through as part of the cult r&b group Dirty Money, DAWN has carved her own unique path as a solo vocalist. Her Blackheart album was FACT Mag’s #1 album of the year, and was in Best Album of 2015 charts by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Vogue, LA Times and more, while 2016 saw her become the first ever artist to perform live in 360 degrees on YouTube, and join Adult Swim as a curator and designer. In November 2016 DAWN released her latest album Redemption through Local Action, which featured on Best of 2016 lists from The Quietus, PopMatters, Vulture, Pitchfork and PASTE, and saw her ranked as one of Rolling Stone’s 10 Musical Renegades of 2016 with Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and more. Mumdance has built one of electronic music’s most influential sounds – both through his releases on XL Recordings and his own Different Circles label. His singles with Novelist ‘Take Time’ & ‘1 Sec’ defined a new chapter in grime and featured high in Best Tracks of 2014/2015 lists from Resident Advisor, Mixmag, FACT, Noisey, Dummy and more, while he recently scored an official advert for Nike’s Nikelab/ACG collection.
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