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HUNTINGTON, Indiana, November 15, 2016 – Though God has commissioned angels and archangels with the sacred task of assisting, guiding and helping mankind and all of His creation, many Christians erroneously perceive them as benign imitations of people. As the greatest of God’s creatures, angels are eminently powerful beings made before the world – with intelligence second only to God’s. As messengers sent directly by God, angels communicate the will of God and reveal God’s awesome care and mindfulness of people’s very human concerns.
“Because angels are very real and constant companions, they are our invisible but trustworthy mentors,” say the co-authors of the new daily devotional, Angels of the Lord: 365 Reflections on Our Heavenly Guardians (by Catherine Odell & Margaret Savitskas), published by Our Sunday Visitor. “We designed this book so that week by week, these amazing heavenly helpers will coax readers closer to God, to prayer and to the sure realization of God’s boundless love” for everyone.
For each day throughout the year, Angels of the Lord will fascinate and inspire with:
-scripture passages and Church teachings on angels;stories of early martyrs who received courage and consolation from angels;readings from the Fathers and Doctors of the Church who shaped teaching about angels;anecdotes about saints who saw and spoke with angels;accounts of -ordinary people who had encounters with angels;testimonies of great writers, artists and
musicians and their inspiration from angels.
Conscious interaction with, and knowledge of the angels can inspire a person’s reflections and prayers, say Odell and Savitskas. “Awareness of their constancy, their orientation to God above everything else, can impact the way one sees his life and journey toward God.”