Angels and Fairy Godmothers

Angels and Fairy Godmothers

The idea of angels has come to feel vaguely like the idea of fairy godmothers in our culture today. And while this idea isn't entirely wrong, it leaves something to be desired, in my opinion. 

This week, because Wednesday was the Feast of the Archangels, Father talked a little bit about the same three that we talked about in the first half of the week (Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael) and he gave us a metaphor that seemed a little more fitting. Father compared the archangels to Secret Agents who all have special skills that they use to fulfill the purposes or "missions" that God gave them. 

I think that one of the key differences between seeing angels as fairy godmothers verses secret agents, is who's will they are fulfilling. If we're looking at them as fairy godmothers, we're assuming that they are here to do what we ask of them but if we see them more as secret agents, we know that they are here to do what God has asked of them. 

We believe that guardian angels protect us physically, and I told the middle schoolers on Friday that I'm sure that my guardian angel has helped me to keep me out of physical dangers plenty of times, but we believe that they are also meant to protect us spiritually. We believe that they are fighting on our behalf to help us fulfill our own purpose and be the people that God created us to be.

The Catholic Church’s catechism says of guardian angels: “From infancy to death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.” And we can see the all of the ways throughout scripture that God has sent his angels to do just that. 

Ultimately, angels are simply another sign of God's grace and God's love for us.


Michaela Swarthout

Religion Teacher

at Our Lady of Peace School