September 29: St. Michael and All Angels

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


Sunday, the next to the last day of September, was the Feast Day of St. Michael and All Angels. Above my desk in my home office, a carved stone hanging by my window bears a painted picture of St. Michael with his sword. 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—and for angels who have been by my side in difficult times, lending me courage to go on.

I think of some of our favorite fictional angels. There is, of course, Angel Second Class Clarence Odbody, played by Henry Travers in the timeless Frank Capra Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Clarence saves George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, from bankruptcy and suicide.

Whenever I hear a bell ring, I do wonder if an angel has just earned his wings!

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

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 over a period of time, or who stand by them or lead them through difficult situations or around impossible obstacles. Angels are life changing and life giving. They are messengers, true tellers, who see God in us and, as the angel Gabriel did to Mary, proclaim that God is in us—when we never had a clue.

Give thanks for the angels in your life. Repay them by being a Dudley or Clarence or Michael—or another angel to someone else you meet.


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