Reminders of angels are all around me. My parish is St. Michael the Archangel, and a neighboring parish with whom we share a pastor is Holy Guardian Angels. Yet, I don’t spend much time thinking about angels in my everyday life.
When I taught a junior-high religion class (at Guardian Angels School), a student asked about using “Ouija” boards. I explained that, just as there are good angels, there are also evil ones. “Ouija” is a combination of the French and German words for “yes.” I cautioned them about Ouija boards since using them expresses openness (“yes”) to both good and bad angels. What’s done in innocent fun doesn’t always remain that way.
While we believe in a spiritual realm, most of us are more occupied with the tangible here and now of our daily lives. Yet we can’t help but acknowledge the forces of evil in our lives. I’ve started using the expression “wrestling with the devil” when I’m struggling with a negative attitude or thought.
Some people today more literally wrestle with demons—through demonic possession or as exorcists. A new book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist
explores one modern priest’s training and experience as an exorcist. His experience changed his understanding of the nature of evil and human suffering. I’ve selected a short clip about angels from The Rite
to share with you (RealMedia
| Windows Media
). Like us, angels are given the freedom to choose evil or good. Add this audiobook to your parish lending library. In a culture that sometimes struggles to name any action as objectively and morally wrong, a book that reminds us of the power of evil—and of the power of good over evil—is of great value.