Saturday, August 14, 2010


“Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.”
--Saiint Francis de Sales


  1. I like this, but with one exception. We are only to praise God and not angels or any other spiritual beings.

  2. Thank you for writing, Hannah. I see your point about "praise" and it is well taken. I think that the way that the author meant this word to be interpreted was as in praising one's child for doing a good thing or doing something well, meaning to esteem or applaud. The English word "praise" is defined by Webster this way: Main Entry: praise
    Pronunciation: \ˈprāz\
    Function: verb
    Inflected Form(s): praised; prais·ing
    Etymology: Middle English preisen, from Anglo-French preiser, priser to appraise, esteem — more at prize
    Date: 13th century
    transitive verb 1 : to express a favorable judgment of : commend
    2 : to glorify (a god or saint) especially by the attribution of perfections intransitive verb : to express praise
    — prais·er noun
    Webster's secondary definition of the word "praise" refers to the worship of God. In French, which is Saint Francis de Sales language and the language in which the quote was originally written, I am certain that the word he used would have indicated esteeming or honoring the angels, as we rightly esteem/honor worthy people in this life and in the next. Thank you very much for writing, and may God bless you.

  3. Most definitely ~~ how we interpret words is of upmost importance. That is probably one of the weakest points to our language. Many of our words have several meanings. I will agree with your assessment here. Thank you for responding, my friend.

  4. You are most welcome, dear Hannah. Words are very important,as you have stated so well. I truly appreciate your presence here. May Almighty God richly bless you, my friend.

  5. This was loveliness itself. The thought of angels guiding one through life is a true comfort.

  6. Indeed, Oddyoddyo13. I have been given invaluable help more times than I can count (and many more times than those of which I'm aware, no doubt) by my own dear Angel guardian. The good Angels are such wonders: they said a resounding and eternal "yes" to God from the very beginning of their existence. How many of us can say that? Thank you for writing, and may God bless you: and greetings to your own dear Angel.