St. Michael And All Angels


 “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11

St. Michael and All Angels September 29

Today, the next to the last day of September is the Feast day of St. Michael and All Angels. I keep a carved stone with apainted picture of St. Michael with his sword hanging by my window above my desk at home in my office. St. Michael is almost the first thing I see when I lift my eyes from my computer. St. Michael lives in stained glass overcoming evil just outside my church’s chapel. I give thanks for St. Michaels in my life who have been by my side if difficult times, lending me courage to go on.

 I think of some of our favorite angels of today. There of course is Angel 2nd class Clarence Odbody played by Henry Travers who saves George Bailey, Jimmy Stewart, from bankruptcy and suicide in the timeless Frank Capra 1946 Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. Whenever I hear a bell ring, I do wonder if an angel has earned his wings!


Then there is my all-time favorite movie angel, the suave angel named Dudley played to the essence by Cary Grant who comes to save the life and marriage of Bishop Henry Brougham, David Niven, whose wife Julia is played by Loretta Young in the 1947 Samuel Goldwyn Christmas classic, The Bishop’s Wife.

Whenever I visit my Bishop’s office, I always look around to see where Dudley is.


As I talk to people in spiritual direction I listen to hear if they speak about angels in their lives, people whom they encounter for some time or briefly that stand by them or lead them through situations or obstacles which used to baffle them. Angels are life changing and life giving. They are messengers, true tellers, who see God in us and, and like the angel Gabriel to Mary, proclaim that God is in us when we never had a clue.

Give thank for the angels in your life. Repay them by being a Dudley or Clarence or Michael or another angel to someone else you will daily meet one day at a time.