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Father Terry invites your questions and will share his answer here and in the bulletin.  Your name will not be published. 

Email your questions to tjh@stmichaelcanfield.org or phone 330-533-6839.

Pandemic Question

“Father, do you think God is trying to tell us something?”

After the past several months of the pandemic, I have had numerous people say to me: “Father, do you think God is trying to tell us something?”

My answer is “Yes I do.” Then usually a very interesting discussion follows. It might be interesting to find out what YOU think God is trying to tell us. We could then make a list of all of our answers, and see what we come up with. It would be your option to put your name on it. Send to me at the office by mail, drop in the collection basket, or email me at tjh@stmichaelcanfield.org

For example: “I think God is telling us we have forgotten how to keep holy the Lord’s Day.” (Anonymous)

From Our Parishioners:


"20 20 means perfect vision. What do you think God wants us to clearly see in this year 2020?"

 

"I think God is telling us that he’s still the one in charge. Men may think they rule the earth but they are only small specs in the whole of the universe."

 

"Maybe God is telling us that we should be paying more time and attention to our families, especially our spouses and children.”

 

There may be a lot of truth to this. I know during the stay at home orders I saw a lot more couples walking around the parking lot with children on tricycles or in strollers. It was a beautiful sight to see!
 

More about Angels

“Father, tell us more about Angels."

Not too long ago someone asked me about our Catholic belief in angels. Yes we do believe in Angels. In fact we believe there are 9 choirs of Angels. They are in order from highest rank to lowest: they are: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.
Our own Guardian Angels are members of the choir “Angels”. The three Angels that we hear much about are all members of the choir of Archangels. The names are: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

Guardian Angels

“Does our Catholic Church still believe in Guardian Angels?"

Yes we do. Furthermore, almost all churches Jewish and Christian believe we are all under the care of Guardian Angels. Psalm 91 reads: “For He commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go, With their hands they will support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” There is also this well-known passage in Matthew’s Gospel “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father (Mt. 18:10)”. The term guardian

is a good one. Angels are not mere servants for us, they guard us and direct us. I think we need them right now during this Coronavirus more than any other time in our individual lives. 

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