WHETHER YOU BELIEVE in angels or not, the many reports of sightings and encounters with mysterious beings that seem to appear abruptly, often perform some good deed, then vanish without a trace are among the most curious in the annals of the paranormal. In many ways, they are like reports of the UFO-alien phenomenon, in that there are degrees of encounters:
- Encounter of the first kind: Receiving of some information, object or gift that is attributed to angelic intervention.
- Encounter of the second kind: The sighting of what appears to be an angelic being, without interaction.
- Encounter of the third kind: Interaction with what is assumed by the experiencer to be an angelic being.
These are highly subjective experiences, of course, and are strongly influenced by people's belief systems. So what are we to make of the stories that follow, which we're told by the experiencers are true? I'll leave that for you to decide.
WINGED ANGEL IN SPUN GOLD
In June, 1997, 12-year-old Laura L. was attending a Catholic school in Merrill, Wisconsin. Like every good Catholic, she went to church every Sunday with her family to celebrate the mass, and in school she and her classmates attended mass on Wednesday mornings as well.
During one particular Sunday mass, Laura was feeling somewhat bored and distracted. Her eyes wandered around the church as she wished the ceremony was over with. Then something astonishing caught her attention. "I looked up and saw by the stained glass window a beautiful angel!" Laura says. "It had wings that were about three feet wide and maybe six feet tall with white feathers. It wore what looked like a gold-spun robe material of a kind we've never seen in this world, flowing down. It had golden blond hair, was barefoot and was playing a baby harp in its hands. It looked to be about eight feet tall. It looked at me so lovingly with its head tilted to the side, and its face was perfectly proportioned. It looked as if it could have been male or female."
Note that Laura says that the angel was not part of the stained glass artwork, but was standing by it. "I was in awe," she continues. "I gasped and nudged my mom and dad, trying to see if they saw it, too, but everyone was singing praise and they shushed me. I looked around and no one was looking in that direction. I looked back and it was still there, but soon disappeared.
"I was very close to my dad's mom - my grandma - and she always taught me to be good and pray, and about angels. She had a stroke and was put in a hospital."
When Laura's family visited her grandmother in the hospital, her mom told her that her grandmother had a small gift to give her, a little statue. After her grandmother died, Laura received the statue, and its likeness startled the young girl. "It was the same angel I saw at church," she says, "-barefoot, baby harp, huge white feather wings and a flowing gown. It played Hark the Herald Angels Sing. I remember a beautiful glow around the angel. I have kept it ever since. I often think of my grandma when I look at it."
LIFE INFORMATION FROM AN ANGEL
Some people believe that before we are born, when our consciousness or spirit resides in that unknown place, we are given information about the life we are about to be born into; some say we even choose our life. Not many people can claim that they remember this pre-birth existence, but Gary says he does. In fact, Gary, now 49, says he can recall some details of a conversation he had with an angel before he was born.
"I was bodiless, but aware that I was in an area that was darkened, and I was alone except for the entity that was speaking to me," he says. "I was at the bottom of a stairway-type structure and was looking up the stairs, but not seeing the one speaking to me. I was very warm and comfortable, but aware and feeling trepidation of what I was about to embark on. This entity was speaking to me and giving me a brief description of how my life would be. I asked for more information, but it was refused. I was basically told that my life would not be a hard life, but would lack any luxuries and that I would experience great difficulties at a relatively early age. It seems there were a few other small details, but I no longer can remember it quite as clearly as I once did when I was younger.
"It appears the information was correct as I'm now disabled and in poor health."
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