Angels & monk
As a child I had a very difficult childhood being physically beaten and emotionaly abused by my mother .Walking back from getting shopping one day with my sister who was a year older I slowed down as the wall of the cemetery we were passing sort of "fell"away.I could see around three angels white with beautiful wings slowly and deliberately placing a single lily on chosen graves.There was a feeling of great thought and compassion from them.
As I had stopped to watch them I called to my sister who was a bit ahead to look at the angels.She said to stop being silly as she couldnt see anything.Then the wall came back again and I was back in reality.
I still remember it clearly many years later and have read that seeing angels can be an imaginative thing in stressfull times and wondered if this was the case with me as a child.
As a teenager I was going through a very sad time as my father had recently died and I was living alone with my mother at the time.I felt I had no one to turn to and was very unhappy.I took my dog for a walk one summer evening and was just taking a path into a field along a quiet road when I looked up and saw the figure in a brown monks cowl standing facing me at a small bridge several feet away.Almost instantly I felt as if a warm cloak had been wrapped around my shoulders and I said a small thank you as it seemed so natural and felt very comforted and continued my walk.On reflection when I looked at the figure by the bridge it felt as if it was a higher being and holy.
I had more troubles and a very stressful marriage since and on visiting Westminster Cathedral in London one eveningI felt the "warm cloak"around me again as I was walking up the steps and felt it
gave me strength to cope.Many years later and my life is very happy but it has always stayed with me and I have felt grateful. I have always wondered about the angels theory but after reading members experiences I am sure they can help in times of trouble in our lives.
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Flaubert’s ‘Temptation of Saint Anthony’, Guy de Maupassant’s ‘The Horla’, and, of course, T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’. All have been linked to the Third Man Factor. If you come across an example, add it here.