Feast of the Angels
Happy Feastday, Gabriel Michael! That's my nephew's name. Clearly he has little choice when it comes to picking a Confirmation name.
On that note, here is some things to pass along to the kids this weekend:
"Angel" come from the same root word as "Evangelist". They come from the Greek word "Euangelion" which means good news/godspell/gospel. Angels tell the good news. Evangelist tell the good news. So to all of you too: Happy Feast Day!
Gabriel, as we should know was the angel sent to Mary to tell her that she was with child by the Holy Spirit.
Michael, our Defender is my own personal hero. Look at the muscle on that angel!
Raphael should be every single man's best friend. He helped Tobias (no, not THAT Tobias) get a wife whose previous 8 husbands had been slain by an evil spirit. Everytime you men get nervous about asking a woman out, just think "At least I'm not Tobias!". Seriously. Just ask the girl out-what could be worse? Rejection or an evil spirit killing you?
There is so much great information about these angels. They are the only ones named in the Scriptures. Click on those links to get some really great materials.
And PS for the love of God DON'T tell children that when people die they become angels! It's bad enough that we promise that everyone EVERYONE will be in heaven. Angels are angels, pure spirits. We are souls who are united with a body and when we die our souls go either through purgatory or to hell. Or for some of our lucky martyrs and saints, directly to heaven.