The Angels WeptJuly 12, 2016
The news of the past several weeks has been heartbreaking. First, the mass shooting in Orlando, then the suicide bombings abroad, then the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, then the police shootings in Dallas, then the courthouse shooting in St. Joseph, Michigan… Sometimes, it seems as if people have forgotten how to disagree without resorting to guns and bombs.
While writing Dancing at Angel Abbey, I spent a lot of time thinking about what the archangels might have to say to us. One of the things that makes the book special is that every chapter ends with an angelic message. Archangel Gabriel speaks most often, but many of the other archangels – Raphael, Uriel, Ariel, Azrael, Metatron, and Michael, among others – offer their thoughts at one point or another, always in distinct voices. It often surprised me to see what emerged on the page as I wrote down what they might say.
Dancing at Angel Abbey is a work of fiction, of course, and I can’t pretend to speak for the mighty archangels. But I imagine that, if we would listen, they would tell us that each and every one of us is a beloved child of the Divine, utterly unique and infinitely cherished. We were made to care for each other, and to settle our differences in peaceful ways. When one of us dies at the hands of another, an irreplaceable soul departs the world, never to return. Creation is diminished, and the angels weep.
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