Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Rafael
Remember Jacob's ladder in the Old Testament? The angels went back and forth between heaven and earth on that ladder. Jesus tells us in today's gospel that he is the way between heaven and earth. He is the bridge upon which not only the angels, but us humans can get to heaven.
One more thing: I've had plenty of evidence of angels in my life. While there is the occasional helping hand from out of nowhere, my angels seem to have a full time job in the protection arena. I teach my children to honor their guardian angles through prayer every night. When the kids are afraid, we pray to their guardian angel for protection and comfort. Some people even name their guardian angel. A fun way to celebrate this feast day is to serve angel food cake for dessert at dinner tonight. I find that relating feast days to food creates memories for kids and makes feast days truly joyful!
Prayer: Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love entrusts me here, ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, to guide, Amen. Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Rafael, pray for me.