Friday, September 28, 2012

7 Quick Takes (Vol 10): Feasts of Angels

My little angel at his Baptism.
The mural has children playing, being watched by their guardian angels. 

First, tonight's story: After lying in bed 90% asleep for about 15 minutes tonight, Peter heard a floorboard creak. "Heard Daddy." "Yep. Now go to sleep." He immediately turned his head and was asleep in approximately ten seconds. Why didn't I just tell him that sooner?

Tomorrow (9/29) is the feast of three Archangels and Tuesday (10/2) is the feast of the Guardian Angels. Here are a few ideas for making these feasts more, well, festive. In addition to going to Mass, of course, which is pretty much the ultimate celebration.

Bake an angel food cake! Apparently this used to be really hard, but having grown up in the age of cake mixes, even I feel confident making one. And pouring lots of strawberries on it. Yum...

Pray for children throughout the world being protected by their guardian angels. Consider researching information on specific challenges that kids are facing in other countries and praying for these situations.

Read about the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:26-38. Reflect on why God chose to send an angel rather than the more subtle inspiration we generally experience in our lives.

Read Ezekiel 10:12-14. Draw a picture of those angels. Contrast it with angels typically shown in art.

Pray to your own guardian angel! Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this night be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

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