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St. Faustina had a strong devotion at a very young age; she told her family that at night the angels woke her up to pray.  Perhaps at the time they thought it a child's fantasy or a dream, but the Bible is full of stories of angels intervening in the lives of God's people. 

dreamstime_7038785_angel.jpgOne of the most touching passages about these celestial creatures concerns children, when Jesus tells his disciples:  "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven."  (Matthew 18:10)  Such a beautiful image - that of a child's guardian angel gazing upon the face of God!  Proof enough that even a single child is held in high esteem by our Lord.

So what of St. Faustina?  Did angels come to awaken her at night?  Perhaps they come to us also, but we are too overcome with the pressures of the day to hear them.  Perhaps they call us to prayer, but our adult minds do not believe.  Jesus also told us that "unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:3)  Children, with their innocent natures and pure souls, have a strong spiritual sense which we may be able to re-connect to if we become humble like them.

The next time you awaken in the middle of the night, whisper a little prayer to your guardian angel.  Be thankful for the reminder to pray, and ask your angel to carry your prayer to God.  Then close your eyes and sleep, knowing you are safe in His care...

St. Maria Faustina, pray for us!