Interesting piece in the Roman Catholic publication, Our Sunday Visitor, arguing that the Third Man factor is, in fact, a manifestation of guardian angels. The Third Man Factor discusses this possibility, along with neurological explanations. Read an excerpt from the Our Sunday Visitor piece below.
Extract from "The mysterious 'Third Man' in Our Sunday Visitor:
Mike Aquilina, author of " Angels of God: The Bible, the Church, and the Heavenly Hosts " is quoted as saying, while he doesn't dismiss a neurological explanation for at least some of the stories in Geiger's book, he also believes that the Third Man phenomenon might be more readily explained by a quick survey of what the Church teaches about angels. "In general, the stories Geiger recounts seem to conform with what we know about angels from revelation and from history," said Aquilina.
More specifically, he said , the stories conform to what we know about guardian angels - the pure spirits created by God to be our companions and helpers in this life, and who aid us in our quest for holiness.
"Each of us has a guardian angel smarter than 1,000 Einsteins, stronger than the offensive and defensive lines of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and created by God specifically to serve us," Aquilina explained. "My guardian angel glorifies God by serving me " - first by getting us to heaven, but rescue missions a distant second.
Geiger doesn't dismiss the possibility that the Third Man might be a guardian angel: "If it walks like an angel, talks like an angel and behaves like an angel, you can forgive people for concluding it's an angel," he said. But, ultimately, Geiger has more faith in the idea of an "angel switch," which he believes, if better understood, holds the potential to not only be a "survival mechanism" that can be switched on at will, but also an answer to the age - old problem of loneliness.
The Catholic Church doesn't entirely disagree with Geiger. It just believes that we already know how to turn on "the angel switch." "God has given us our guardian angel," explained Aquilina . "And it's up to us to call on him, to build a relationship with him. He is with us always."
Read the full article in Our Sunday Visitor by clicking here.