What Are Angels and How Do They Help People?
Angels as Messengers
||God created angels just as he created humans. Angels, however, are one step above humans. They are spiritual beings who have a special relationship with both God and man. They act as messengers for God, relating information to mankind. The angels are also the messengers that people can use to communicate with God. The angels can speak directly to God while man is unable to do so.
|Catholics believe that praying to angels brings them closer to the presence of God and gives them more hope to have their prayers answered. Many Catholics wear an angel pin as a symbol of their belief that angels are a way to speak with God.
Are There Really Angels?
The Bible shows that Jesus talked about angels all the time. He even mentions the different types of angels God created. There is mention in the New Testament about Archangels, Powers, Dominions, the Cherubim and the Seraphim. The Bible references to angels indicate that they are spiritual entities given many powers by God. They can also take on a human appearance; depending on the message God want them to relate to mankind. Angels were created with true faith and love for God. They did not have to work at remaining faithful to God the way that humans do. For this reason, praying to angels is a wonderful way to build faith in God. Angels are here to help humans remain close to God and find their way to heaven.
God gives every human a guardian angel to protect us and watch over us for our entire lives. The Church teaches that angels are assigned to us to bring us closer to God by urging us to do good, reject evil ways, pray for faith. Many people wear angel lapel pins or a cherub brooch to remind them that their guardian angel is looking over them.
The book of Psalm 91: 10-12 says:
No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, for to His Angels God has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. Upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Praying to Angels
The following is a Guardian Angel prayer taught to all children to say daily, keeping them safe from harm. The prayer asks for the Guardian Angel to watch over us as we sleep. Giving angel pins to children as gifts is a wonderful way to remind them to say their angel prayer every day.
Angel of God, My Guardian Dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and to guard, to rule and guide. Amen.