No Temptation Shall Overcome You

My last two posts discussed the first instance I remember God giving me a sign, other than falling off the truck and watching as that machine suddenly veered to the left just before it was going to land on me. The reason I began thinking about these things was I was questioning, not only if God is real, but if it is true that He watches over us and both answers our prayers and sends a guardian angel to watch over us.

My first step in the fact-finding mission on guardian angels was to see if there has been anything written about them. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

328 The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.

That doesn’t really say much about guardian angels however, just that there are angels. We can also confirm there are angels by what is written in the Nicene Creed:

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

with angels included in the “all things visible and invisible”. Then of course there are the three angels mentioned specifically in the Bible by name:

  • St. Michael
  • St. Gabriel
  • St. Raphael

Of these three St. Raphael is certainly the one we can most clearly see is a Guardian Angel. We read about him in the Old Testament book of Tobit. There are also other references such as in the writings of St. Augustine among others. But then there are those who would say that the Bible and anything related to it is fake anyway. Okay fair enough, so that is when I decided to look for some concrete examples in my own life, other times when a guardian angel may have been watching over me. I already mentioned the falling off the back of the truck incident, and the story of me opening the door, although I am not really sure if that would be considered a Guardian angel incident or not.

But there were others, most notably dealing with my drinking. As I have mentioned I was quite the drinker. Whether I could be classified as an alcoholic or not is a matter of definition. If anything I guess I was a functional alcoholic, although I never missed work because of drinking, and I was never dependent on it. Also, I could quit any time I wished. Like the time when I received the message I already described. I woke up that morning and didn’t have a drink for a few weeks. But when I drank, I drank and it caused many problems. I had quit and restarted several times. It seemed I would also quit before I got past the point of no return. It is said that an alcoholic won’t quit until he reaches the bottom, yet I never did. I always wondered why.

As I reflected on this I asked God about it. Could He have had something to do with it? Other than that first time I never asked him for help so it wasn’t like he would know. I had no answer, until… I had some down time during the day and randomly opened my bible. I opened it to 1 Corinthians Chapter 10 and here is what it said:

No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it.

God will not let you be tried beyond your strength, how true that is. I know I am weak, and my guardian angel knew that if I sank too low I would never get out. Whenever I stopped drinking it was for some reason, whether I was low on money, having marital problems or out of work. I now know that each time, it was my guardian angel sticking his or her nose into my business, and that’s alright with me.


Does God Really Answer Our Prayers

Does God really answer our prayers or do we only think he does?

One of the things I have come to notice during my journey back to the Catholic faith is how God continues to answer my prayers. I have to admit I was always pretty sceptical about the whole idea of God actually doing that, but as you have seen in past posts, He has and continues to do so. I am sure this isn’t just a Catholic thing, but rather one which transcends all believers.

After the first few times, I had to wonder if the things that happened, the incidents I think have been as a result of answered prayers, if these were all some kind of coincidences, or even if I had been “wishing” my prayers be answered, and therefore making them answered. But too many of these things have happened now for this to be true. I struggled with this for a long time, and here is what I have come up with.

If I were indeed “wishing” for my prayers to be answered, taking things that have happened and conforming them into answers, would that not mean that I would only have good answers, that no bad would happen, that only answers which conformed to my preconceived ideas would be gotten? Pretty deep huh?

For example, I wrote a post a while back, “Father Knows Best” talking about an answered prayer dealing with my grandson, daughter and ex-son-in-law. I had prayed, asking God to do what was best and even though he didn’t do what I would have liked. Since it wasn’t the answer I wanted, wouldn’t it make sense for me to not consider my prayer answered? So what is my point?

God doesn’t always answer our prayers the way we want him to. I would assume this is one of the reasons many people turn away from God. They pray, but “nothing” happens, at least not what they want. They figure God isn’t listening, he isn’t giving them what they want, therefore he mustn’t exist and they leave whatever faith they may be in as well as their belief in God.

God doesn’t always do what we think is best, He does what He knows is best. We should never forget that. There will be times when we don’t like what God is telling us, where He is guiding us, but we still need to follow. The bigger problem is knowing when God is talking to us and what it is He is trying to say. We have to take the time to look, listen and feel to be able to discern the answers.

God always has a reason for what He does, we may not always like the reason or even know the reason, but it is there and it is best. And yes, God has answered yet another one of my prayers, giving me an answer to a question I have had. But you’ll have to wait for another post to hear about that. Let’s just say it has to do with why God brought someone special into my life.