After the game has ended in defeat
with my son’s final strikeout, his mother
says “I prayed that your guardian angel
would allow you a walk-off home run.”
The pitcher’s mother prayed for a strikeout,”
he replies, and now, many years later
on this second of October, memorial day
of the Guardian Angels, I happily play
with his child and pray the Angele Dei
for all of us still hoping here.
October 2 is celebrated in the Catholic Church as the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
and some people say the Guardian Angel prayer on this day.
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side
to light and guard, to rule and guide.