"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Some people try to name their angel but I think in most cases that can be an exercise in self-love and vanity. The angel names we dream up are often too romantic or even silly, while the images of our angels we concoct often reflect our own vain attachments to natural goods - beauty and grace - or sentimentality. Of course there is nothing wrong for us to image them - artists have done so for centuries. Some saints were actually told the names of their angel's - but that type of information (revelation) is always perceived according to the understanding of those so gifted.
Anyway - I prefer to think of my angel as invisible and indefinable... but always present. As Scripture tells us, they in turn "always look upon the face of God": so just think how contemplative we become by uniting our prayer to theirs throughout the day. I find that comforting.
Happy feast day my angel.