“My Guardian Angel saved my life when I was 13. I was caught in an undertow at Virginia Beach and lost my inner tube.
“I was pulled far from the shore and the only swim stroke I knew was the dog paddle.
“I was afraid of dying alone. We hadn’t gone to Holy Mass in a long time. My dad was deployed overseas and mom didn’t drive. But I made a deal with God that if He saved me, I would find a way to go to Mass for the rest of my life.
“As soon as that prayer went up, I was surrounded by angels. I didn’t see them, but their high-pitched voices sounded like children speaking directly to my mind and bypassing my ears. They spoke reassuring, encouraging words. I was no longer afraid as they remained with me.
“A helicopter hovered over me briefly and then flew away. I don’t know why they didn’t attempt a rescue. I was so far from the beach the people looked like bugs!
“Meanwhile, my grandfather and eight-year-old brother were searching for me as it was lunchtime. My brother noticed the helicopter and my head in the water just below. He said, ‘Look, Papa! There’s Joan. Could I have her hot dog?’
“Papa sent a young man out to get me. As he approached, I heard him through my ears calling out the same encouragement the angels had used. They then vanished. Later I was able to arrange rides to Mass for my brothers and myself with a neighbor.
“Now I also go to daily Mass.”
“In the early 1990’s my husband and I and our seven children moved into a rental home quite far from where we had lived before. One day four of the children and I were returning from an outing in our family station wagon.
“We were traveling over the two large hills back home. As we were streaming down the second hill I stopped at the bottom to make the necessary left turn towards home. Very quickly my Guardian Angel said. ‘Look in your rearview mirror.’
“Immediately I looked in the mirror and saw a truck barreling down the hill.
“My Guardian Angel then said ‘He’s not going to stop.’
“For a quick second, I thought, ‘what do I do?’ Then I heard My Guardian Angel say “get over,” so quickly I steered the big station wagon off to the side, still not realizing the full impact of what was really happening.
“Then like a flash the truck flew right past us and the driver looked back through the window with a look of fear, probably realizing that he had almost killed us.
“As I sat there for a moment to catch my breath, thanksgiving started flooding from my heart for the wonderful Guardian Angel God had given to me! It had all happened so fast. In just a matter of seconds, I was given the three warnings and the truck came flying past. Because of the warnings, my family was safe and sound, including my young son, who is now a priest, and who was sitting in the back seat with no clue as to what had just occurred.”
“While on my way to a baby shower, I started praying because my car lease was extended due to the coronavirus pandemic. I was renting a Mazda Miata, which was very small and had no backseat. My prayer asked for guidance on whether I should buy out my car. When I leased it, I became extremely ill, which kept me restricted to my bed. As I recovered, covid hit and I was still at home. Therefore, I had very few miles racking up.
“I began praying aloud to God for advice. I asked if I should purchase and then sell the car to make some money, however, I added ‘But Lord, I know the car isn’t safe because it is so small.’
“After I attended the baby shower, I began driving home. During that trip I noticed an Amazon truck making an illegal u-turn, so I crept along, driving only a few miles per hour while looking straight ahead.
“Suddenly, a male voice came from the passenger side and said ‘Relax your body,’ and I did.
“Within a second, my car was hit by a large Jeep truck. It rear-ended me violently and my trunk collapsed. I could feel the bumper pressing up against my back.
“Fast forward a week later: I went to the junkyard to pick up papers from my totaled car, where I was greeted by a big, burly tow truck driver. He asked me who was driving the car. I told him myself. He said he’s never seen anyone survive this. This kind of accident was ‘a crusher,’ he said, and he had seen it all.”
[resources: books on guardian angels]