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Fr Paddy: Angels are gifts from God

Angel of God, my Guardian Dear,

To whom God’s love, commits me here,

Ever this night, be at my side,

To light and guard, to rule and Guide. Amen.

 

The above prayer is a very powerful one. Many people have great devotion and awareness of their angels.

Angels are very important “Messengers” of God’s love and protection. The following stories might help us appreciate the gift of Angels.

A Mothers Love 

Once upon a time there was a child ready to be born. So one day he asked God: “They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?”

God replied, “Among the many angels, I chose one for you. She will be waiting for you and will take care of you.” “But tell me, here in Heaven, I don’t do anything else but sing and smile, that’s enough for me to be happy.”

“Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you every day. And you will feel your angel’s love and be happy.” “And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me, if I don’t know the language that men talk?”

“Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”

“And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?” “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.”

“I’ve heard that on earth there are bad men. Who will protect me?” “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.” “But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.” “Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way for you to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.”

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from earth could already be heard, and the child in a hurry asked softly: “Oh God, if I am about to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.” “Your angel’s name is of no importance, you will call your angel: Mammy.”

 

Things aren’t always what they seem 

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead, the angels were given a space in the cold basement.

As they made their bedroom the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied…. “Things aren’t always what they seem.” The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.

After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good nights’ rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel “How could you have let this happen!? The first man had everything, yet you helped him,” she accused. “The second family had so little, but were willing to share everything and you let their cow die.”

“Things aren’t always what they seem,” the older angel replied. ”When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it.

Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave her the cow instead.

“Things aren’t always what they seem.” Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way you think they should.

If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until sometime later.

“Things aren’t always what they seem.”

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Fr Paddy is a curate in the hugely vibrant Portlaoise Parish. From Carlow town, he was educated in Carlow CBS and studied Business and Politics in Trinity College Dublin before training to be a priest in Carlow College. He is the youngest priest in the Kildare & Leighlin diocese and writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 14,000 followers on Twitter.