Saints & Angels

Wings, Bells, and Hollywood Films: What is the truth about Angels?

Today, October 2, is the feast of the Guardian Angels. The fascination with angels extends through many different walks of faith and has even been explored, often outlandishly in Hollywood films or television shows. Who can forget movies like – Angels in the Outfield, The Preacher’s Wife, or Michael? The most popular television show about an angel was Touched by Angel, which ran from 1994-2003. Currently, there are around five television or streaming shows about angels, but most of the shows and movies released lately have focused on fallen angels, otherwise known as demons.

Although these movies and shows are somewhat entertaining, do they really teach us anything about angels? Do they truly explain what an angel is and is not? More often than not, we are told in these films/shows that when we die we will become an angel. Is this true – do we become angels when we die? Do we get our own set of wings every time a bell rings?

For today’s feast of the Guardian Angels, I wanted to teach you what the Catholic Church believes and teaches on angels. The good thing is that I have written on this topic numerous times over the years, so I have quite a few articles to share with you.

Below you will find a set of articles numbered in the order they should be read so that you will come to understand the truth about angels and not just how Hollywood portrays angels to us.

Read FirstQuick Lessons from the Catechism: The Angels

Read Second“Every Time a Bell Rings, an Angel gets his Wings.”

Read ThirdThe Feast of the Archangels

Read Fourth7 Quotes from St. John Vianney on the Feast of the Guardian Angels

Read Fifth5 Quotes by Mother Angelica on the Guardian Angels

Read SixthPrayers to the Archangels – Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Read Last“Mondays with Mary” – Prayer to Our Lady, Queen of the Angels

If you are still seeking more information about angels, I would suggest reading Dr. Peter Kreeft’s book on the topic – Angels and Demons: What do we really know about them? as well as Pascale Parente’s book – The Angels: In Catholic Teaching and Tradition.

Guardian Angel Prayer

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, Rule and guide. Amen. 

The Guardian Angel by Pietro da Cortona

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