to guard you in all your ways."
~ Psalm 91:11
|St. Frances of Rome and her angel,|
depicted in art.
In fact, the radiance that emanated from her angel was so bright and tangible to the saint, she was able to read in the dark of the night without the use of candles or lamps. Of course, the angel's role wasn't to be a walking night light for Frances... but, really, his duty was to help his charge to grow in holiness, which she clearly did.
|The stigmatization of St. Gemma Galgani.|
Incidentally, St. Gemma's guardian angel was also present, along with the Blessed Virgin, on the memorable day the saint received the Sacred Stigmata from Jesus. After the painful wounds were miraculously imprinted on her hands and feet, it was her angel who lovingly supported the young mystic when she awoke from her ecstatic state and needed help getting to her bed.
|Grigio protecting St. John Bosco from a would-be assasin.|
Often, when some of our Saints/Blesseds encountered difficult challenges in their day to day efforts to fulfill the Lord's will in their lives, their guardian angels sometimes came to their assistance in often remarkable ways. Here are just a few examples:
|St. Isidore the Laborer|
|St. Joan of Arc received frequent visits from St.|
Michael & two female martyrs - St. Catherine of
Alexandria & St. Margaret of Antioch.
+ + + Angels as Healers + + +
Angels are also agents of God's healing power, as exemplified in the lives of many of our spiritual heroes. Two interesting cases are recounted below:
|Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich,|
Mystic & Stigmatist
+ + + Angels as Eucharistic Ministers + + +
In the lives of many mystical saints in our Catholic Faith, there can be found accounts of the Blessed Sacrament being administered as Holy Communion by the hands of angels. Among those who were privileged to experience this grace are Bl. Emilia Bicchieri (d. 1314); St. Agnes of Montepulciano (d. 1317); St. Catherine of Siena (d. 1380); St. Paschal Baylon (d. 1513); the youthful St. Stanislaus Kostka (d. 1568); St. Gerard Majella (d. 1755); St. Maria Francesca of the Five Wounds (d. 1791); and the stigmatized English Servant of God, Teresa Helena Higginson (d. 1905).
Still, much closer to our times, we have the miraculous communion received by the three famous seers of Fatima - Sr. Lucia and Sts. Francisco and Jacinta Marto. It happened in 1916 when the children were visited on three occasions by an angel - the "Angel of Peace" - who prepared them for Our Lady's momentous apparitions in 1917. During the third appearance of the angel, he brought with him a Host that dripped blood into a chalice. The angel left the Sacred Species suspended in midair while he prostrated himself in adoration before it, teaching the young seers to do the same. He then arose and gave the Eucharist to Lucia while offering the Precious Blood to both Francisco and Jacinta to drink before he departed.
|St. Faustina Kowalska|
St. Michael, defend us!
St. Gabriel, enlighten us!
St. Raphael, heal us!