Today we observe the Feast of the Holy Angels. For the past several years, I've been fortunate to be able to observe this feast at the Carmelite Monastery in Philadelphia. In fact, it was this very Mass which was instrumental in my return to the Catholic Church some years ago. I had never been to the Monastery before and went on a whim. I felt as though I had died and gone to Heaven when I entered that beautiful chapel on a crisp Fall night and heard the congregation singing the Gloria in Latin. (Obviously, I had gotten there a little late). How perfect that the Triduum to St. Therese should begin on this feast.
From the little Novena pamphlet given out at the Monastery comes this from St. Therese on our Guardian Angels. In a letter to her dear sister, Celine, St. Therese wrote:" Jesus has placed at your side an angel from Heaven to guard you always. He 'bears you in his hand, lest you dash your foot against a stone.' (Psalm 91:12).
You do not see him, yet he has preserved your soul. Have no fear of earth's storms. Your angel guardian covers you with his wings, and on your heart Jesus, the purity of virgins, takes His rest. You do not see your treasures. Jesus sleeps and the angel stays in his mysterious silence, but all the same, they are there."
It has been written that not until we are in heaven will we know all the good that St. Therese has helped accomplish by her intercession on our behalf. I believe we will also be astonished to learn just how much assistance the angels rendered us during our exile on earth.