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Strange Happenings: Angels at Work?

At dinner the other night an elderly friend I’ll call Lucy told us a touching story. A few years ago on her 65th wedding anniversary, she was sorely missing her deceased husband. She lived alone, and there was no one to share her sadness and console her. She figured that her children would not remember this date that was so special to her.

Lucy thought, If only I could get a hug. She sent a mental note to her angel: “Please send someone to give me a hug.” Then she remembered that when she went shopping, she usually met someone she knew. Surely that day she would find a friend and be able to share the news that it was her anniversary.

Hopefully, Lucy drove to the supermarket. She walked down one aisle after another with no luck. Disappointed, she made her way to the exit. As she left the store, a young man who had a blue worker’s kerchief hanging out of his back pocket approached the door. The kerchief fell to the ground, and the woman scooped it up. “Wait, she called after the man. “You dropped this.”

The man turned and smiled at Lucy. “Thank you,” he said as he retrieved his kerchief from her hand. “This was my favorite one. You need a hug for this.” And he gently embraced her.

Was this a coincidence or the work of an angel? Lucy believes it was an answer to her prayers.

Angels come to the rescue of several people in the Bible. Two angels warn Lot to leave Sodom because it will be destroyed. After three men with the strange names Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace, a fourth “person” is seen with them, and they emerge unscathed. Tobias, on a quest to reclaim money for his father, is guided by the Archangel Raphael, who also helps him find a wife and heal his father’s blindness. Let’s not forget St. Joseph who was instructed by an angel repeatedly: when he was in the throes of considering divorcing Mary, when Herod sought to kill Baby Jesus, and when it was safe to return to Israel. St. Peter was released from prison and led out by an angel. Saints like Padre Pio have spoken to angels.

Several books are collections of angel stories. My book The Catholic Companion to Angels explains all we know about angels. Previously I wrote several other posts about angels. You might read the one at

Do you have your own angel story to share?


Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell

This book, part fantasy and part adventure, has to be the most unusual one I’ve ever read. For one thing, the devil and black magic play a prominent role. In addition, hoboes and their signs, fishing and outhouses, and a factory tragedy make appearances. Both family love and romantic love are woven through this tale that takes place mostly during the Depression.

The main characters are a man named Rembrandt, whom we follow from town to town on a quest from age ten to  ninety, and a woman named Gail, whose reckless deed leaves her deranged. Their stories unfold not in chronological order but piecemeal. Reading the book is comparable to putting together a jigsaw puzzle. From the first paragraph, my curiosity was piqued, compelling me to keep reading. The chief question to be settled is will Rembrandt find a champion to defeat the devil and break the family curse. The theme connecting all of the scenes is the conflict between good and evil.

Black Bottle Man is classified as teen fiction, but adults too would be intrigued by it. The story has been presented on stage in Manitoba.

$14.95. 176 pp.




4 Responses

  1. Dear Sister Kathleen,
    In September last year I definitely met two angels of the Lord , sent to help me while travelling on my own in Sydney, prior to visiting nieces in New Zealand. Perhaps madness at the age of 79 but I had always wanted to see the Sydney Opera House !

    I took a ride on ” the big red bus ” in order to see as much of the city as possible in a limited time. The first stop I chose was the beautiful Cathedral. After a while I found a statue of St. Therese and decided to light a candle and say some prayers . Shock, horror, no purse in my handbag! What was I to do ? In the purse was my credit card, cash passport and 2 day bus ticket. I knew nobody in the city. Filled with anxiety I stumbled out a side door , right into an Irish angel called Briede (sp). She asked me a few questions to calm me and as we were speaking a young father with his son stopped and asked if we needed help.
    Immediately he heard my story he got on his cell phone to the bus company and learned that my purse had been found on the bus, given to the driver who reported it to head office. Within a short while the purse was back in my hands !! Briede insisted on giving me 50 dollars to take a taxi back to my hotel!
    I know God sent those two people to help me in my distress. Stupidly I didn’t ask for the names and addresses of the angels but I pray for them frequently.

    My love to you and may you be greatly blessed in your vocation.

    Carmel Therese Borland ,
    South Africa.

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