We are about to cross over another threshold entering into the season of Advent. Time is passing by at breakneck speed and it certainly doesn’t help when we are seeing and hearing Christmas all around us even before Halloween and Thanksgiving. The “world” is already counting down the days to December 25th with pre-lit trees in every department store, flashing signs of mark-downs, block-buster sales and inundating our mailboxes with deliveries of every catalog imaginable. Sadly, we know that will be all over on December 26th for the “world” and all their flashing lights will get switched off just as ours just get switched on!
This whole circus of Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving and everything that I have already mentioned prompted me to put on my thinking cap. I kept seeing a horse with blinders on and so I looked up the definition which is as follows:
Horse blinders are firm leather squares or plastic cups that attach to a horse’s bridle or hood and prevent a horse from seeing behind and beside him. Horses that pull wagons and carriages wear blinkers to prevent them from becoming distracted or panicked by what they see behind the wagon.
Wow! It seemed this is what I need to enter into Advent this year, “spiritual blinders.” They would prevent me from seeing all this holiday hoopla surrounding me like an encroaching fog and keep my eyes focused on the “season of waiting” for the birth of Jesus Christ into my heart.
I sure could use these “spiritual blinders” to keep me from being tempted to be anxious about getting it all done! If you are a woman, the list is endless because it seems that we are called to tackle an endless list of “doing!” Coming up with ideas for gifts, swirls of tape and paper to wrap those presents encircle us, the cards lay in boxes to be written out, not to mention all the decorating, shopping, cooking and baking! Yikes! Once Again!
What Can We Do?
Who Will Help Us Put Our Spiritual Blinders On?
Who Will Help to Keep Us From Falling Into The Temptation of “The Holiday?”
Let’s Call on the Angels This Advent!!!!
Yes, you are reading that title correctly! Let’s look at the definition of “Angels”in The Catechism of the Catholic Church:
“The existence of angels – a truth of faith”
328- The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.
Who are they?
329- St. Augustine says: “Angel” is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is “spirit”; if you seek the name of their office, it is “angel”: from what they are, “spirit” from what they do, “angel.”
With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they “always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” they are the “mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word.”
330- As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness.”
In 336, The Catechism teaches, the following regarding our Guardian Angels:
“From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as a protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.”
The Presence of Angels
332- Angels have been present since creation. “They closed the earthly paradise, protected Lot; saved Hagar and her child, stayed Abraham’s hand, communicated the law by their ministry, led the people of God, announced births and callings; and assisted the prophets, just to cite a few examples. Finally, the angel Gabriel announced the birth of the Precursor and that of Jesus himself.”
And we know, too, from Holy Scripture that . . .“When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him. . .” Catechism 331
After studying and reflecting on what I have just shared with you, I wondered what I would do and how would I call on the Angels exactly to help me make this Advent of 2019 a good one.
The answer came to me through a dream which I would like to share with you:
I found myself in front of a man dressed all in white not in a gown but he seemed to be enveloped in white. . .
He told me he was a policeman and that I should pray a novena to St. Michael for 43 days.
Then I found myself on a cruise ship. In reality, I am not a lover of any kind of ship or boat so I found myself unhappy that I would be embarking on this kind of journey.
In the dream, the engine failed on the ship and we had to return to port.
I then found myself seated alone on a bus silently waiting . . . and then I woke up!
Immediately upon awakening, I wrote the dream down and went quickly to my calendar.
The Holy Innocents
Counting out 43 days, I found myself looking at the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents – December 28th!
I had to share this dream with another person so I went to a friend who was able to discern the dream quickly with great clarity and much holy wisdom.
The man enveloped in white symbolizes purity.
The policeman symbolizes the law.
The cruise ship symbolizes luxury, pleasure, eating and drinking.
The bus symbolizes humility.
Put it altogether and you have a picture of the United States and what is happening to us as a nation.
Convicted of Truth
I realized that God had given me the path to take for this coming Advent. I would pray the Chaplet of St. Michael.
Since the inception of my dream, I have been faithfully praying this Chaplet and I invite you to do the same!
You will find the link attached to the blog to go directly to this powerful prayer. St. Michael promised to those who pray this chaplet before receiving Holy Communion will be escorted by one of the angels from each of the Choirs.
So why not have them escort us each day of Advent and the rest of our lives????
This prayer will help us get through this Advent with great ease and with a single gaze ahead. It will help us to put our spiritual blinders on and keep us from the temptation of falling prey to the world’s happy holiday season.
I am convicted of the truth that not only will I be able to enter personally into Advent with the help of St. Michael and the Choirs of Angels, but I will be praying more intensely, too, for the Life of our Nation.
We need St. Michael, now more than ever.
We need all the “Choirs of Angels!”
Let us call upon them mightily for their help!
©2019 Anita Guariglia
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Catechism of the Catholic Church