‘Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life.’St. Basil the Great
Back in the late 1980’s I was in a bad car accident. The First Responders kept asking why I was walking around the accident scene … I should have been gone, or close to it.
Well, this one was the first of several car accidents, and it built my trust in my Guardian Angel as protector. You see, as the car was struck, and began spinning around, I literally felt two hands on my shoulders holding me into my seat.
Some people I told this to think that might have been the hands of Jesus, but my spirit tells me it was my Angel. Don’t ever forget the importance of being a believer, as Saint Basil says.
As Catholic men, we are called to example the faith and be protector for our family. I don’t know about you but, sometimes I feel alone in this task .. because I often forget about the protection and shepherd that my Guardian Angel is in my life.
My wife and I have young adult children still at home, and every morning each one of them leaves the house I say to them “May your Guarding Angel protect you”. Recently my son was injured with a tool he was using at work, and it was very easy for it to be much worse than it was. He acknowledged it was his Angel when I prompted his thoughts.
I truly believe it is our Angel who prompts us in our thoughts between good and evil, and helps us have a good conscience. It is also our Angel that takes orders from God when we pray for protection.
I’m sure that you have stories of your own. So, this is a reminder to never forget those, because they prevent us from having too much confidence in our own strengths, and help lead us to the life of the Catholic man we strive to be.