Revised and reposted as we remember 9/11.
I remember watching 9/11 videos on the tenth anniversary of that fateful Tuesday in 2001. Amidst the tragedy, horror and the drama, there were many testimonies about hearing an interior voice instructing certain people on what to do. These instructive inspirations were short and to the point. Certain witnesses would hear interior voices saying things like, "keep running" or "get out here...through this door."
One lady, as she was trapped in the debris of the Pentagon, could not speak because she inhaled too much smoke. But she was trying to get the attention of rescuers from a distance. She then said that "a voice" told her to clap her hands. She did just that and was rescued.
Interestingly enough, when people recounted this phenomenon, they did not say, " I said to myself such and such." or "It occurred to me..." But rather they referred to an interior voice that seemed to be independent from their own mind. Something distinct and authoritative!
Could it be that these directives, given amidst such horrible circumstances, were the inspirations from angels? And why not? I think God's messengers were hard work on that day when life and death hung in the balance for so many people.
The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael on September 29th. And on October 2nd Catholics will celebrate and give thanks to God for their Guardian Angels.
There are probably more times than we know that these divine messengers bailed us out of trouble; perhaps even saving our lives.