Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs. Saint Francis de Sales
Did I ever mention to you that I’ve been Catholic for my entire life? That means one of the first prayers ever learned at home went something like this: Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen
There was a Guardian Angel picture that hung in the upstairs hallway of the family home, right outside our bedroom doors. We said the Angel of God prayer every morning and at bedtime every evening with our mother. I taught it to our own three children when they were little. I’ve watched countless television shows and movies with angels as major characters: Touched by An Angel, It’s a Wonderful Life, Highway to Heaven, City of Angels, etc.
Up until last Thursday morning, I’ve managed to keep all my angel encounters at a safe distance, not really seeking to get too up close and personal with anyone of the supernatural realm. So imagine my surprise when I encountered an angel at 36,000 feet in Seat 10C. An ordinary angel who was already seated on a very full plane when I had to climb over him to get to my seat, 10D. I am not proud of the fact that my first thoughts were pretty much, “Great! I’m wedged in between these two gentlemen and I’m going to have to keep my elbows tucked in for the next few hours and not make any small talk.” I even thought about pulling out the Bose headphones I’d intentionally packed for just this purpose and cueing up the 50 Great Songs from the Last 10 Years playlist recently installed on the phone. But for some reason, I didn’t.
What I thought was going to be an unpleasant flying experience became a lesson to me in humility and presence. The man in 10C wanted to tell me about his wife of forty years, their son, daughter-in-law and five-year old granddaughter. He talked about the early years of their marriage, the challenges of parenting, the joys and struggles of families then and now. He talked about believing in God and the power of faith. I don’t really know why this gentleman chose to share his story with me, a complete stranger, but hearing him talk about his wife and son reminded me of the amazing love story my husband and I and our three children share. It was a reminder to me of the ups and downs we’ve encountered before and how together, with one another and God’s help, we can get through anything. I think that was a message I needed to hear and that gentleman was chosen to deliver it that day at that time. I’m glad I was there to listen to the man in 10C because he had much to share.
So, keep your eyes open for the ordinary angels and saints in your life today, dear readers. You just never know when a divine encounter may occur!