Flannery O’Connor on Angels

This is a re-blog of something I wrote just after the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels last year.

Journey Towards Easter

Angels mean different things to different people – to some their presence can be profoundly comforting, to others their existence is barely tenable at all. Over the course of the past few days we have had the feasts of the Archangels – Michael, Gabriel and Raphael; also known as Michaelmas or the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (September 29th) – as well as that of the Guardian Angels (October 2nd), and both have caused me to reflect on the role of angels in our lives. During the past few days’ reflections, I realised that there is not much I can say about angels that is either hopelessly speculative, or has been said much better by someone else already, and so I remembered a letter written by Flannery O’Connor on the subject.

Very often people’s ideas about angels are overly sentimental and can be an…

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