24 of October is the traditional feast of St. Raphael, archangel. He is one of my favorite angels, since he represents the angel as friend, patron, companion, partner, in other words, someone intimately involved in our life. In that respect, he is much like the angel guardian we all have. I usually think of angels best unconsciously - only to recognize their presence or action after the fact. When I attempt to imagine them, I suppose I think of them like ourselves - only perfect. I do not always imagine wings - but I imagine them always to be male; always strong, always wise, always compassionate and understanding - like an ideal dad or an older brother. Most often I imagine them exactly my own age - which has nothing to do with my chronological age - I always think of myself as being in my 20's - someplace between 22 and 29. Strangely, this was the same age I imagined myself to be when I was a teenager too.
Anyway. The Archangel's feast day is also the birthday of two of my friends, Fr. Tom and Wayne. Prayers and best wishes to them both.