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.
Rilke’s angels have not visited me, though
I have welcomed them and I know
they still long for the human condition.
They are almost like us. Not quite.
Here, my hand and pen. Touch me!
Angels not fallen but come to Earth
to help us climb the seven mountains.
Watching us enter the arch of hope,
to the tree of life and sadly
guiding souls to the heaven they lost
Seventeen-year-old French peasant girl hearing angelic voices,
leads troops in a 92-year war, with
armor, banner and sword from a prince-made-king.
She knelt at his royal feet but
he abandoned her to enemy and flames.
c. 1412 – 30 May 1431)
Although Jeanne D’Arc led charges in the Hundred Year War, she did not engage in actual combat. She was a heroine of the French people and when prince Charles became King Charles VII, she was at his side. Nevertheless, when Jeanne D’Arc was put in the hands of the English, the King abandoned her. She was convicted of witchcraft, heresy, and even cross-dressing (which was considered a form of heresy). She was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. She was 19 years old. Her ashes were thrown into the Seine.
At 6am, noon and 6pm, bells ring
at neighborhood churches – a call to prayer
that very few people seem to answer.
I look for an angel, maybe Gabriel,
to spread good will. None in sight.
The Angelus (after Millet) 1880 by Vincent van Gogh