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My First Written Encounter

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By: Tommy Fry

When my parents go out to spend a weekend of camping (a common occurrence), I typically stay over at their apartment and care for the dog and cat. So, it was just me by myself with both of the animals; I was walking down the hall, when I felt a rustling next to me, like someone just passed by. This happened repeatedly throughout the day at their house. That night, as I was praying an evening prayer, I looked up and saw a man, dressed in black with his hand pressed against the front door and murmuring something (When I mentioned it later to my mentor, who has had a number of encounters with angels, he nodded his head and said that the dark dressed man was Saint Michael praying for protection over the household-apparently, he does that a lot). When I passed by one room, I kept on hearing clinking and creaking, like someone in armor was shifting weight from one foot to the other. Finally, in the middle of the night, I saw whom I feel was my personal guardian angel, who first appeared as a large joyous monk with a sword strapped on his back. He turned around, and said "fear not, Lord, for your servant watches." I woke again later in the night, to see a massive black dog sitting in the doorway and panting heavily. I recognized it to be my dog when I was a small boy named Shadow- I feel that sometimes, our guardian angels appear as things or people that will give us the most comfort.

I hope this story gives you the comfort you seek. When we remember who we are, as friends of God, we walk in a power that is quite beyond ourselves. Hold steady to the hope that you are not fighting alone; you have some of the most loyal soldiers around you, constantly guarding and providing. When we realize the power we hold, when we emblazen the cross boldly on our breast daily, when we take up the weapon of the Holy Ghost's Joy, that is when the Lion of Judah roars triumphantly over our lives. That is when the deepest residents of Hell tremble at our footstep.

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When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. Germanus had founded at Auxerre, there came to him a young man called Marcian (also known as Marian), a fugitive from Bourges then occupied by the Visigoths. St. Mamertinus gave him the habit, and the novice edified all his piety and obedience. The Abbot, wishing to test him, gave him the lowest possible ... continue reading



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Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry him. When none could be found, his evil advisers told him to marry his own daughter. Dymphna ... continue reading


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St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief princes," and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. He has been ... continue reading



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