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All night, all day, angels are watching over us

In Catholic belief, God created angels at the beginning of time, before man, to be perfect, intelligent beings independent of space and time. They are his servants and messengers and are always fixated on him. Whatsmore, they're here to help us get to heaven by praying for us and interceding on our behalf. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "Every one of the faithful has an angel standing at his side as educator and guide, directing his life."

There are nine different types of angels. Each has a relationship in service to God and man. Learn more about what they are and how they help guide our lives in Arkansas Catholic’s special section “All night, all day, angels are watching over us.”

(Photo: A statue of St. Michael the Archangel defeating Satan sits high in the sanctuary of St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Mountain Home.)


Young students have 'guardian angels' to watch over them

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: October 12, 2021   

Students in at least three Catholic schools in Arkansas model what it means to be a guardian angel, as role models for younger students.  At Immaculate Heart of Mary School in North Little Rock (Marche), the Guardian Angel program has been a tradition, with Mary Loyd, director of religious education, organizing the program for the past 17 years. The “mini angels” in pre-K through first grade students are matched with a “guardian angel” from fifth grade More... 

Cathedral parishioner has seen angels among us

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: October 7, 2021   

Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock parishioner Michael Jackson knows angels exist. Beyond faith or a mere feeling, he has experienced the love of Christ and angels, face to face, with two near-death experiences.  "They're definitely there," Jackson said, his voice soft but with conviction, as his eyes teared speaking to Arkansas Catholic following Mass Sept. 29, the feast of the archangels. "I think everybody probably really does have a guardian angel. St. Michael is More... 

Guardian angels are at our side to help us get to heaven

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: October 6, 2021   

Guardian angels don't need to be relegated to your childhood. In Matthew 18:10, Jesus reveals the depths of his love again, warning those who cause others to sin, while also emphasizing that his children are never alone. "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."  The Church teaches that guardian angels are here to help More... 

Bishop Taylor answers: Are angels superior to humans?

Published: October 5, 2021   

In a 2012 homily on the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Sept. 29, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor spoke to the religious men and women of Arkansas about angels.  “Yet as exalted as the angels seem, the New Testament points out three ways in which we humans -- including, of course, you vowed religious -- are superior to the angels: 1) the angels are inferior to Jesus (Hebrews 1) and so inferior in principle More... 

Sister Romana Rohmer knows St. Michael watches over her

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: October 5, 2021   

On the inside of Benedictine Sister Romana Rohmer’s bedroom door hangs an image of St. Michael the Archangel, “as high as it goes,” she said.  “He’s watching everything that goes on in this room,” she said, adding that the prayer to St. Michael is intertwined in her spirituality. “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don't invoke the help of St. Michael the Archangel.”  Her life in Christ, but also as a religious sister the More... 

Several Arkansas parishes devoted to Archangel Michael

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: October 5, 2021   

St. Michael is never too far away in some Arkansas parishes. Several churches have angel statues, regularly pray to St. Michael the Archangel during Mass and have special devotions.  The Sept. 29 feast day of the archangels -- Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael -- is also known as Michaelmas (pronounced mick-el-mess). Michael, derived from the name “Mikha'el” is Hebrew for “Who is like God?” Several food-related customs surround the feast day, including eating blackberries by Michelmas. More...