May we be more conscious of the work of our guardian angel, offering gratitude for that which the angel does to guide and protect us daily! May we turn to the angels often, asking them to show us how to serve God specifically, moment to moment! May we have the humility to serve without need for reward! May we be a comfort to those who suffer or mourn, being as an angel to them! And may we reflect the love of God, acting as a mirror of His mercy and compassion! Let us continue to meet in the heart of Jesus! Peace!
©Michele L. Catanese
* Divine Comedy, Part Three: Paradise, Dante Alighieri, Canto XXIX: 142-144: “And now you see the height, you see the breadth of Eternal Goodness that divides Itself into these countless mirrors that reflect Itself, remaining One, as It was always.”
** The translator of the version used here for both notes is Mark Masa, (Penguin Classics edition of the Divine Comedy). The quote above was in his notes which accompany the text.
Note: Next post October 23.
1. This is one of my photos, taken in Lost Maples State Park in Texas. It is one of my favorite autumn photos since it shows the stark contrast of the brightly colored leaves, some fallen, with the greens of the trees which have not yet turned color.
2. This icon is called Guardian Angel Guiding Little Elijah Gemmell by Fr. William Hart McNichols. I chose it because I love how it shows the angel taking the little boy by the hand and leading him. The lighted candle reminds me that the angels protect, instruct and guide.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy it can be found at https://fineartamerica.com/featured/guardian-angel-guarding-little-elijah-gemmell-191-william-hart-mcnichols.html. (Remember, I do not get anything from promoting Fr. Bill's work, except the joy of sharing it with you.)
3. This is a wonderful painting called Christ Glorified in the Court of Heaven (1419-21) by Bl. Fra Angelico. I chose it because it depicts a multitude of angels playing instruments and making what seems to be a joyful noise. They seemed to be like "countless mirrors" each with a "differing capacity to reflect God's love in many ways."
4. Next is a drawing by Fr. William Hart McNichols which accompanied a reflection on the Agony in the Garden. The book containing the reflection was written by Fr. Basil Pennington; it is called The 15 Mysteries. (It was written before St. Pope John Paul II added the Mysteries of Light to the Rosary.) I think this is one of the tenderest drawings on this mystery I have ever seen.
5. This is a photo I took on a recent trip to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. I chose to use it here because the mountains are indeed humbling when one stands upon a plain or in a valley and looks up at them.
6. This is a wonderful image called Tree of Life (1905) by Gustav Klimt. I chose it because I loved all the details it contains. It reminds me of the Tree of Life at creation in the Garden of Eden, (Genesis 2) and at the end of the Bible in Revelation 21 and 22. "The angel showed me the river of life giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb down the middle of its street. On either side of the river grew the Tree of Life..." (Rev 22:1-2) There is a reference here to the angel guiding the author, John, in the vision, and also the tree sparkles, as does Klimt's work. Klimt has not only captured that reference, but the details of the painting show people who symbolize (for me) the Body of Christ. Take a look at it in a larger detail if you really want to see everything contained in this work. This should give you a closer look: http://www.looklateral.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Albero-della-vita-di-Gustav-Klimt-1905-1909.jpg