Guardian Angels: The Bouncy, The Bold, The Freaky

Blog Published: October 2, 2012
By Sister Julie

On this Feast of the Guardian Angels, I’ve been thinking a lot about the angels, people, and other creatures who’ve had my back — watched over me, gave me hand, protected me, accompanied me in tough times, and kept me safe.

A depiction of the creatures described by Ezekiel (Ez 1); 16th century frescoBTW, on an angel note, while I’d like to think I’ve got an Archangel up there as my guardian angel, I’m pretty sure God gifted me with a wild and crazy angel — maybe one of those strange winged creatures rolling around in Ezekiel or possibly even the grandmotherly yet fierce Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. I don’t know why … it’s just a feeling given the very interesting “saves” I’ve had in my life!

While in general I like to think of myself as self-sufficient and independent, the fact of the matter is that I really wouldn’t get anywhere without the great Communion of Saints — those living, those dwelling now in light, and those wonderful spiritual creatures we call angels!

We probably each have many guardian angels, both of the pure spirit variety, and the very human variety. I think first of my parents who amazingly got me through childhood! Having three beautiful nephews now, I am in awe at the vigilance needed for watching over these little ones (not so little now!) and the worries and fears and “up all night” moments that raising a child entails! People who care for little ones are guardian angels indeed!

I think also of my siblings and my nuns too as guardian angels in my life, always there for me, always pulling for me. And what’s cool is just knowing that they are there, even without any “work” on their part. Just knowing they are in my life is such gift.

There are many others of course and I think for each of us we find our Bold Archangels, our Cute Bouncy Angels, and our Mystical and Kinda Freaky Angels wherever we need them. They are there whether we know it or not, want it or not, like it or not! And for this we give thanks, for even in spite of ourselves and our own rugged individualism or “self-made” exterior, we need one another and we need our angels.

So what’s your Guardian Angel looking like these days? kinda freaky? quiet and peaceful? grandmotherly? “This Present Darkness“-esque”? Describe how you image your angels to be like!

Archived Comments

truestory October 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

Mine died about 4 years ago when I went through a horrific demonic attack. The diocese said it was Leviathan. Hopefully I get a replacement. My life doesn’t “fit the narrative”. Sorry.

Sister Julie October 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I’ve not ever heard of an angel dying. I’m sorry you had such a tough experience. And it can be hard when our life doesn’t “fit the narrative” either of what we expected or of what society/family/culture expects of us. I hope and pray that you feel the presence of those supporting you and that you see the beauty in your own narrative!

Lily October 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

This reminds me of a dream I had once. In my dream, I saw my two guardian angels! A voice explained that they always walk by my side, one on the right and the other on the left. The funny thing was that my angels had only one eye! I thought it was a funny dream.

I believe that angels protect us, and I had many occasions where I was helped by the angels. It’s comforting to know that they are there for me at all times, and that I am not walking this walk of faith alone.

Sister Julie October 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Thanks, Lily! Interesting how our dreams stay with us! Yes, it is good that we do not walk alone. 

Monica October 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

My angel is joyful, blessed, happy for the people who have came into my life, but at times my soul wonders why can’t we all be happy for each other no matter what.

Paula October 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm

My Guardian Angel is, well, tired. I think my angel asks God at least once a month for a vacation. Likely my Angel would ask for Hazard Pay but I don’t think angels get Hazard Pay. Just on the drive to work on the long Arizona crowded freeway is enough to make an Angel long for a vacation. So many times I’ve had close calls that I didn’t see coming until almost too late. That’s just one of the places my angel works hard to keep me going. My angels is very patient, and looks a little like a round sweet grandmotherly type.

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