Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect hospitality,
for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:1-2)

The Angels Among Us
The Sayings and Sermons of St. Jean Vianney, The Cure' of Ars (1786-1859)


Angels Among Us - Index:

St. Vianney on Angels * Saint Quotes * The Catechism on Angels
The Power of Holy WaterAngel Encounters!  * Submit Your Story!


(Rev. 12:7-8)

"Now war broke out in Heaven,
when Michael with his Angels attacked the dragon.
The dragon fought back with his angels
but they were defeated and driven out of Heaven."

Powerful Prayer of St. Michael

"Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in the battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou,
O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God,
Thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through
the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.

Close Encounters!

"For he hath given his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all ways.
In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."

Psalm 90:11-12

Healed By An Angel On Prince Edward Island

By Barbara S. J.

The first week of September on the maritime Atlantic's Prince Edward Island promised an idyllic respite for me, after a year's work of child psychotherapy and classical guitar study. I had planned a week-long cycling vacation/retreat and arranged accommodations at a Catholic spirituality center in Victorian Charlottetown, the island's centrally located harbour capital, convenient to cycling and hiking day trips in all directions.

After changing planes in Halifax, Nova Scotia, my flight arrived safely in Charlottetown's little airport. Once at the spirituality center, I was greeted with the good news that I would be "bumped up" to a three room suite at the same cost, due to some third order Franciscans needing my room for their own retreat. With private bath and walk-in closet, as well as the oratory right next door, I welcomed my sudden good fortune.

Hardly had 28 hours gone by since I passed through Halifax that Swiss Flight 101 had gone down in the night waters off Peggy's Cove, killing all passengers aboard. When news reached us the next morning, I, as well as most of the Canadians I spoke with, were stunned. The women around me had tears in their eyes. "How could this happen?" seemed to be the question written on our bewildered faces. The magnitude of the tragedy set an unexpected tone for the remainder of my vacation/retreat, and I found myself being more sensitive to and pondering issues relating to angelology and individual eschatology. "Where was the Guardian Angel of that airplane?" and "Where were the Guardian Angels of the children and people who died on that flight?" were some of the questions that kept pestering me, like cross bees at a picnic. Little did I know that in a few days, I would have an experience that would amaze me to the core and restore my knowledge of and faith in God's providential care.

The light terra-cotta colored sands of Prince Edward Island invite summer dreams and have lured visual artists to paint its landscapes and seascapes for decades. Its hilly and ribbon-like interior roads share the same, ubiquitous color of the beaches, which makes for visually pleasant, yet challenging mountainbiking. On my second day trip, destination New Glasgow and its world famous Lobster Supper Restaurant, I didn't have the problem of the strong head wind that, the day before, literally cut my cycling speed in half. On this day's trip I had to deal with steep hills and dales of regular repetition. In the hot summer sun I would climb one hill after another, only to dishearteningly find another hill awaiting me a half mile away. Mentally, I found myself locking into the "cyclist's survival mode," so daunted was I by this challenge, yet so determined to reach my destination. I became so focused that I forgot to drink enough water and take enough rest stops.

Half way to New Glasgow, I rolled through a little hamlet nestled about a curved intersection. I remember turning my head to admire a crafts barn that seemed to smile down upon the crossroads. Suddenly, a dog shot out from across the street and began to chase me, barking and snapping viciously. Although a great dog lover, I was frightened to death. Still rolling, I jumped off the bike and began to yell at the dog, using the bike as a defense. He wasn't intimidated, as the jagged fan of his ivory-colored teeth showed. I am so sure he would have bitten me had it not been for a woman who heard me screaming at him and who came out of her house, just in time, to help. She called him by name and shooed him away. Because of his response to her, I erroneously assumed it was her dog, and in my terrorized state began to yell at her. "I told her I was a vacationer spending my money on her island, innocently and peacefully riding through her hamlet, then questioned "do the islanders regularly train their pets to maul the vacationers?". I was so frightened I was crying. She told me it wasn't her dog but a neighbors. I quickly apologized and thanked her for her help, but still complained that a dog like that on a heavily cycled island like PEI should be retrained or kept on a leash. She went back into her house and I quickly rode off, hypervigilant to the sounds of roadside canines the rest of the way."

I coasted for a mile downhill into picture postcard New Glasgow, a fitting end for a strenuous, 20 mile journey. I was going to have the best lobster dinner of my life. Dusk was slowly approaching as I gazed through huge glass windows, out upon a tranquil brook that ran behind the restaurant. As I was finishing my meal, I decided that I would cab it back to the spirituality center, and stuff the bike in the trunk of the taxi. I was feeling pretty good, but didn't want to overexert myself given the days events.

I spent a quiet evening listening to Canadian radio and reading from beautiful books I had brought with me for my retreat. Around 10 o'clock I began to feel a little nauseous, with a slight headache. By 10:30 my head was pounding and I was so nauseated that I felt completely weak. I recognized the symptoms of heat stroke, which I had gotten on another cycling vacation some years back, and decided to go straight to bed.

As the hours progressed, I felt sicker and sicker. The combination of nausea, weakness, and headache was so bad, that I didn't think to call for help. I just wanted to lay there until I fell asleep. At one point, I remember getting up in the dark and making sure the door was unlocked, so people could get in, in case I passed out or died in my sleep. I felt so delirious that I didn't care if I died, I just wanted relief.

I remember laying there and praying feverishly to the Archangel Raphael, the Archangel for healing and travel, to the Blessed Mother, who is the Queen of Angels, to Jesus, and especially to my Guardian Angel, to take an express message to Padre Pio in heaven, requesting him to pray for me in my hour of need. When I have been sick in the past, I have experienced Padre Pio as a powerful "spiritual satellite relay station" and have been helped through his intercession. I know that my angel loves me and I was confident that she/he would carry my prayers to their intended recipients, no matter what the outcome.

I don't know why I did this, but despite the fact that I lay there feeling so sick, I began to think about the children who died on Swiss Flight 101. Although I didn't understand it, I thanked each child's Guardian Angel for safely escorting her charge's soul to it's celestial abode at the point of bodily death. And then I covered the rest of the passengers, praying that their deaths were quick and that their angels were there to lovingly assist them in their transitions. I offered my own suffering up especially for the souls of the children.

I found out something about myself during this ordeal. Since I thought that I might die, I made my peace with God, and discovered that I really wasn't afraid of death. I did a quick life review and felt an unusual peace descend upon me. I felt so tiny, so totally dependent on God for everything, as I lay curled in the bed. I felt that I would probably go to heaven, and I felt good about the thousands of children I had helped. That's what really glowed with poignancy and meaning. I also realized that I had worried too much in life.

Unable to sleep, the hours passed as I lay in bed with my throbbing head buried in my hands. At around 1:30 AM, something told me to open my eyes. As soon as I did, I saw what looked like a person made of white light glide over from the door on my left, and hover right over me above the bed. The angel's head was right above mine, and the healing energy seemed to be concentrating there. The beautiful angel exhuded a sweetness, benevolence and goodwill that I will never forget. As soon as I saw it, I thought, "Oh, God sent me a healing angel," and as soon as I had the thought, I was completely restored to health. I mean COMPLETELY. In an instant, my symptoms vanished. The angel left as soon as I was healed.

I sat up in the bed, my mind blown. I could do nothing but sit there, in the dark, pondering what had just taken place. I could only be still and feel awe. My soul was in a very receptive state. It didn't even matter to me so much that I wasn't sick any more, although I was so truly grateful for that. It was the fact that God heard my prayers and actually sent me an angel, who, for whatever reason, allowed me to see it and feel its absolute benevolence and goodwill toward me. I will never forget this for as long as I live.

My mind is too puny to fathom God. I don't understand a lot of things in life, like why some children are saved by their Guardian Angels and others die in plane crashes. My heart, though, is where most of my spiritual activity takes place, and for most of my life I have always tried to love God above all else. I feel that God loves me back. Despite all the evil in the world, I feel that I was given another opportunity to experience God's personal and profound love for me, even when I don't understand it. Maybe I don't need to. I'm just glad it's there.

Submitted (5-31-02) 

Young woman saved from a stranger attack...

       I would like to add my personal experience of an encounter with my guardian angel. : I was a young woman living in a somewhat rural city and it was the 4th of July. It was around noon and I was walking to work on a road that is a couple of blocks back from a main highway, surrounded by trees. It was very hot and as I passed some of the parked cars (there was a park nearby), I heard a man ask me if I knew where there would be fireworks displays that night. I turned around to see a young man sitting in a small red car. Since I worked late, I said I didn't know. He asked if I would like a ride to work, since it was so hot. (It was only a few blocks away). Since I was running a bit late, against my better judgment I said ok, and began walking toward the car. After one step, I felt like someone had placed a hand on my chest and held me back firmly and said "stop". It surprised me enough to make me step back and politely say I was just going to walk afterall. I thought of that experience all day. Early next morning, as I walked out of my house, my next door neighbor, an elderly woman, came up her walkway with a newspaper in her hand and showed me a front page article. The article related several incidents along that same highway in which a friendly, young man in a red, compact car would casually strike up a conversation with a young woman, offer a ride, and proceed to attack her. I knew at that moment, and still know today, that my guardian angel held me back that day and protected me from harm. I am so grateful to God for His love of us, in spite of our foolish decisions and mistakes.

Submitted by kefi (7-8-01) 

Young man saved from certain death on a train...

"I was younger then, I believe 17. Some friends and I were running on TOP of railroad cars, hopping from one car to another. On one car, I was running and just started to jump to the next car... 

 ...I stopped like I had hit something, or someone and was being held in my place... 

I was confused. I had gone to jump but it didn't happen! I looked down, and there was a ladder rung-type of thing over my foot. 
Had I jumped, or rather, not been prevented from jumping by my guardian angel, my foot would have caught on the rung, which would have thrown me down between the 2 railroad cars, head first, and would have most likely killed me! It was the weirdest thing!
I never ran on top of railroad cars after that incident!"

Submitted by Nik (5-9-01)

 Prayers of a mother save a Teenager from car accident after falling asleep at the wheel...

"When I was a young wild teenager I attended a sober dance for young people held in an auditorium.  It was about 45 minutes away from my house.  I left my friends at about 1:00 a.m. in the morning.  As I drove home in my little Chevette, I began to get very sleepy and could hardly keep my eyes open.  The next thing I knew, the car was bumping along the grass near the center of the highway divider.  By the time I was able to stop the car, I had already miraculously been steered through a very small 6 foot gap between the rails and onto the other side of the highway (not without first blowing out a tire!)  Incredibly, this was the only break in the divider rail for many many miles! I had been going about 60 and anything could have happened.  I could have hit a tree, a ditch, a bridge - and most likely flip the little car at the speed I was going.  But there I was, stunned and stranded in the middle of nowhere with a flat tire, but most importantly - I was unharmed!  I thanked God over and over for sparing my life and asked Him to help me out of this.  The emotional impact of what happened hit me and I started to cry.  I realized my predicament was not over and I was scared.  Now what?  How would I get home?  A deserted highway in the middle of the night is no place for a young girl.

But no sooner did I start to consider the danger of my situation, then a truck stopped, and the driver began walking towards me.  I was afraid so I locked the door and only opened the window a crack.  "Are you ok kiddo?"  he said in a friendly voice.  I nodded, but wasn't about to open the door for just anyone.  Immediately thereafter, a state policeman pulled up.  I was SO relieved!  He asked me if I was ok - (but didn't even bother to ask if I was drinking - which of course I was not) and changed my tire for me while I held his flashlight!  God bless this kind soul.  Sadly, I never got his name or badge number to thank him for his great kindness.

It was 3:00 a.m. when I finally got home and I prayed my mother wasn't up worrying.  I found she was asleep.  The next day, when I related to her what happened, she said that before she went to bed, she had felt impressed to pray for me - especially for my safety! Oh, the prayers of a mother for her children must be very powerful before Our Lord!

Thank God guardian angels listen to mothers!

Submitted by Joy (5-9-01)

Daughter saved from choking...

"This is my story of angel encounter:  My daughter when she was 6 years old was in the hallway of my home choking, I ran to her and saw she was choking in her mouth,  I didn't know what to do, I tried to slap her back but she continued to choke, all of a sudden I felt a hand take my hand and shove it down her throat and I pulled out a piece of wood. My daughter stopped choking. After seeing she was all right, I pondered about what happened. I felt a hand on my hand and  shove it to her throat. I realized then it has to be her guardian angel!!!"

Submitted by Bobbie (5-8-01)

 Prayers of a mother save daughter from a bad fall...

"My daughter was at her friends house after school and it was time for her to come home, they were running down the front (they are long and steep) steps of her friends apartment building when Alishia lost her step and started to fall head first down the steps. All of a sudden she felt a hand grab the back of her shirt and pull her back on to the step, when she got to the bottom she looked back and no one was there. Her friend was a couple steps ahead of her, when she got home she told me what happened and that it freaked her out I told her that at about that time I had an intense feeling to send My Guardian Angel to check up on both of my kids. The times matched up!"

Submitted by Lydia (5-7-01)

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The Cure' of Ars
Patron Saint of Parish Priests

        "Ah! if we had the eyes of angels with which to see our Lord Jesus Christ present on the Altar and looking at us, how we should love Him! "

       "Our Guardian Angels are our most faithful friends, because they are with us day and night, always and everywhere.  We ought often to invoke them."

    "The Angels take great pleasure in helping us with our enterprises, when they are in accordance with God's will."

    "If you find it impossible to pray, hide behind your good Angel and charge him to pray in your stead."

    "We ought to ask the Blessed Virgin, the angels, and the saints to pray for us that we may receive the good God as worthily as it is possible for us to receive him."
[Sermon on  Holy Communion]

     "There is not a single creature which does not provide us with the means of reaching God.  If any of them become an obstacle, it is only by our misuse of them."

    "The Devil writes down our sins - our Guardian Angel all our merits.  Labor that the Guardian Angel's book may be full, and the Devil's empty."

    "If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you. "

* Absolutely true! Good to teach children when they have nightmares. I tell mine just say "Jesus, Mary help me!" whenever they are frightened. Try it!

    "Do not try to please everybody.  Try to please God, the angels, and the saints - they are your public. "

    "With what humility should we assist at Mass, if we realized that our guardian angel was kneeling beside us, prostrate before the majesty of God!  With what eagerness should we not ask him to offer our prayers to Jesus Christ !"

    "Like the saints, let us be very zealous in fulfilling all our duties;  let the Devil never find us doing nothing, lest we should yield to temptation."

  "God , the Blessed Virgin, the angels and saints are about our path; they are at our side and see all we do. "

    "After thanking our guardian angel who has remained by our side during our sleep, we should ask him for his protection during the day. "

  "How happy is that guardian angel who accompanies a soul to Holy Mass!" 

Taken from the little booklet, 'Thoughts of the Cure' D' Ars', compiled and arranged by W.M.B., which can be purchased at TAN Books and Publishers, Inc.

"How many moments can be lost in doing nothing, or in doing wrong, in listening to the suggestions of the Devil, or in obeying him ! "
[Sermon on Sloth]


       "Never forget that it is at the beginning of each day that God has the necessary grace for the day ready for us.  He knows exactly what opportunities we shall have to sin ...and will give us everything we need if we ask him then.  That is why the Devil does all he can to prevent us from saying our Morning Prayers or to make us say them badly."

     "What a comfort to you it is to know that when we go out of the house, we are never alone en route."
[Sermon on the Feast of the Guardian Angels]

      "When we are walking in the streets, let us fix our eyes on our Lord bearing his Cross before us; on the Blessed Virgin who is looking at us; on our Guardian Angel who is by our side."
[Catechism on Self-Control]

     "When you awake in the night, transport yourself quickly in spirit before the Tabernacle, saying: "Behold me, my God, I come to adore you, to praise, thank, and love you, and to keep you company with all the Angels."

     "Offer your temptations for the conversion of sinners.  When the Devil sees you doing this, he is beside himself with rage and makes off, because then the temptation is turned against himself."

* From personal experience I can tell you this offering to God is truly miraculous! Immediately the temptation to do or think bad VANISHES - and peace floods your soul! Use this powerful spiritual weapon often!

     "We must watch over our mind, our heart and our senses, for these are the gates by which the Devil enters in."

     "Blessed are they who are tempted!  It is when the Devil sees that a soul is tending towards union with God that he redoubles his efforts."

Sermon on the Parable of the Tares (D). (pg. 13)

    "The first thing about the angels that we ought to imitate, is their consciousness of the Presence of God."

     "If we did like St. Remigius, we should never be angry.  See, this saint, being questioned by a Father of the desert as to how he managed to be always in an even temper, replied: " I often consider that my guardian angel is always by my side....." 
[Sermon on anger]

    "If we could only see the JOY of our guardian angel when he sees us fighting our temptations! "

    "What happiness it is to a guardian angel to have the care of a pure soul.  When the soul is pure, all the Court of Heaven looks upon it with joy. "

     "In the Sacraments, it is God himself who comes to annihilate our enemy.  The Devil, seeing him in our heart, throws himself despairingly into the bottomless pit; which explains why he does all he can to draw us away from them, or to make us receive them badly. "

  "All the angels and saints are engaged in trying to prevent us from committing sins."

Bible Verses Regarding Angels

(Psalm 91:11,12)

For to his angels he has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

(Matthew 18:10)

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father."

(Exodus 23:20,21)

"See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared.  Be attentive to him and heed his voice..."

(Tobias 5:21)

 "For a good angel will go with him; his journey will be successful, and he will come back safe and sound."


(Daniel 3:58)

"Angels of the LORD, all bless the LORD.
Give glory and eternal praise to Him."


(Genesis 22:15)

"And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham
a second time from heaven..."


(Hebrews 1:14)

"Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve..."


(Isaiah 18:2)

The angels are 'swift messengers'


(Gen 28:13)

"...And behold the angels of God were ascending and descending on it."


(Psalms 77:24-25)

"He gave them bread from heaven:
men ate the bread of angels."


Evil Spirits

(Acts 5:16)

"A large number of people form the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured."


An Angel Frees the Apostles from Prison

(Acts 5:17-21)

"Then the high priest rose up and all his companions, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and, filled with jealousy, laid hands upon the apostles and put them in the public jail.  But during the night, the angel of the LORD opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, "Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life."  When they heard this, they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.


Peter is Freed from Herod's Prison by an Angel

(Acts 12:6-11)

"On the very night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter, secured by double chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while outside the door guards kept watch on the prison.  Suddenly the angel of the LORD stood by him and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and awakened him, saying, "Get up quickly." The chains fell from his wrists. The angel said to him, "Put on your belt and your sandals." He did so. Then he said to him, "Put on your cloak and follow me." So he followed him out, not realizing that what was happening through the angel was real; he thought he was seeing a vision.  They passed the first guard, then the second, and came to the iron gate leading out to the city, which opened for them by itself.  They emerged and made their way down an alley, and suddenly the angel left him. Then Peter recovered his senses and said, "Now I know for certain that [the] LORD sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people had been expecting."


The Birth of Jesus

(Luke 2:6-14)
While they were there, [Bethlehem] the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son.  She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the Inn.

Now, there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.  The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.  The angel said to them, 

      "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

"Glory to God in the highest
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."


The Magi Warned About Herod

(Matthew 2:12)

"And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way."


Flight of the Holy Family into Egypt

(Matthew 2:13-15)

When they had departed, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him."  Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt.  He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the LORD had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, "Out of Egypt I called my son."


(Luke 24:1-12)

      But at daybreak on the first day of the week they took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.  They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.  They said to them,

"Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.  Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day."


The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven

(Acts 2 1:9-11)

"When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.  While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.  They said, "Men of "Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?  This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven."



Catechism of the Catholic Church
Regarding Angels


Other Saints Regarding Angels:


     "You must take no notice of these thoughts of vanity, but say to Satan, when he suggests them to you in any of your actions: 

     'Begone Satan, I not only renounce thee, but also thy evil suggestions.  I did not begin for thee, and I will not end for thee.'"

~ St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Nun of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary,
Apostle of Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
(1647 - 1690)


   "They are the constant companions of our journeys and the mute witnesses of our everyday lives."

~ Blessed Padre Pio
Capuchin friar of San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.
Graced with the visible Stigmata and the ability to read souls.
(1887 - 1968)


"When Jesus is corporally present within us, 
the angels surround us as a guard of love." 

~ St. Bernard 

     "Let us hold ourselves the more toward prudence and the Saintly Spirit, because of the Demon which hides in the soul of the ungodly."

~ Blessed Padre Pio


"The devil is like a rabid dog tied to a chain; beyond the length of the chain he cannot seize anyone.  And you: keep at a distance.  If you approach too near, you let yourself be caught.  Remember that the devil has only one door by which to enter the soul:  the will.  There are no secret or hidden doors."

~ Blessed Padre Pio


On Tears and Sorrow...

"Your tears were collected by the Angels and were placed in a gold chalice and you will find them when you present yourself before God."

~ Blessed Padre Pio to someone who had been crying.
"Send Me Your Guardian Angel" - Padre Pio, by Fr. Alessio Parente O.F.M. CAP. (purchase it @ EWTN


"If the Angels could envy, they would envy us for Holy Communion." 

 ~ St. Pope Pius X 



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