Getting back to “normal” what ever that is, kids off to school and work, just one left to go back to college. I have been thinking about saints and angels of late and what they mean to me and to Catholics. Looking down at the church from the choir loft, I see the statues lined up all against one wall, one after another, in silence, and I think about them. The church was built in the 1800’s and is long and narrow so there is no other place for the statues, but it does look a bit like a religious flea market.
Sunday, after communion, I was walking past the statues and realized they are witnesses to our ongoing faith and conversion. Our Lady, St. Augustine, St. Therese, St. Anthony, St. Joseph, St. Anne, St Michael all stand in the form of statues as encouragement, cheering us on as the ones who “made it” perhaps reminding us that we can too.
Show us your Christ, Lady, after this our exile, yes: but show Him to us also now, show Him to us here, while we are still wanderers. ~ Thomas Merton, Seven Story Mountain
I have also been reading a great book, Mike Aquilina’s, “A Year with the Angels”, it is a beautiful book and I am enjoying his presentation and commentary very much. It is such a thoughtful reminder that we are indeed not alone, that we are but a small part of God’s creation, as is our physical world. The angels are all around us as spiritual entities most of us can’t see, but created and active none-the-less. I pictured them kneeling and singing to God focused on the Tabernacle. In my mind it was a beautiful sight.
From day 13 of Mike’s book:
Bless the Lord, O you His angels, you mighty ones who do His word, hearkening to the voice of His words. Bless the Lord all His hosts, His ministers that do His will. Psalm 103: 20-21
May we all remember we walk in the presence of angels and saints.