Thursday, October 1, 2015
Why you really need to listen to your Guardian Angel...
This is why you need to pay attention to the voice of your Guardian Angel as Our Lord says:
 Behold I will send my angel, who shall go before thee, and keep thee in thy journey, and bring thee into the place that I have prepared. Take notice of him, and hear his voice, and do not think him one to be contemned: for he will not forgive when thou hast sinned, and my name is in him.  But if thou wilt hear his voice, and do all that I speak, I will be an enemy to thy enemies, and will afflict them that afflict thee. (Exodus 23:20-22)
Now many will say, well that is just fine and dandy but what do you really mean because I don't ever hear my angel's voice? My advice to you is that you better start listening then, but we also need to know HOW to listen. Angels do not necessarily communicate like you and I speak (although they sometimes can do this if they really need to get our attention), but usually they communicate (because they are pure spirit) by way of thought. You may have this thought that you know it is not you speaking to yourself and you have this thought... "You need to go over to this place and help that person." You can ignore it but I would NEVER advise doing this as given the Scripture from above and you need to heed your angel's voice. Watch what will happen the next time you heed that thought... WOW! That is how the angels communicate with us.
Now my Guardian Angel knows me VERY WELL and knows how stubborn I am so he has to repeat himself over and over again most of the time when I ignore him. Take for instance when I was in the novitiate in New Mexico and I was hiking through the desert up a tall mesa and I was about to jump over about an 8 foot cliff. I started to back up a distance in order to get a good running start when all of sudden I get this thought that I knew wasn't from me... "GO AROUND!" Now, by this time, I have gotten to know my angel's voice so I replied... "No, I am going to jump!" The thought comes again: "GO AROUND!" This time, I am thinking he perhaps sees something I don't so I just go back and look at the cliff to see if there is anything below like rocks... but no... its just sand and looks like a soft landing. So... stubborn me... I starting to back up again to get another running start before my jump. This time my angel turns up the heat and replies repeatedly: "GO AROUND! GO AROUND! GO AROUND! GO AROUND! and won't stop... So I give up and tell him... "Ok... I get it! I will go around! But you are making me miss out on some awesome fun so I am going to stop listening to you just for getting me upset." Anyway... I finally go around the hill and to my surprise... there was a shelf or underhang below where I was going to jump from and it was deep cavern... in fact, it was a huge snake pit! And lined up in a row underneath the hanging rock from where I was going to jump were about 5-6 huge rattlesnakes and if I had jumped I would have landed right in front of all of them and been immediately bitten because they were already curled up! I just couldn't have seen them because they were lying underneath the cliff rock I was standing upon before. So, I quickly responded back to my angel: "THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!...." All the way back home from my hike.
You see... my angel knows me that well and I am glad he is always at my side... even in my stubbornness.
Again... you need to LISTEN and watch how they will guide and protect you. Don't listen... and... well.... good luck!!!! You are going to need it! ~Fr. Scott Brossart, SOLT