"The OA is an ecclesial movement of the faithful in the midst of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
O pus Sanctorum Angelorum, the Work of the Holy Angels, is an international movement within the Catholic Church faithful to the Magisterium. It is ordered to promoting devotion to the holy angels and a covenant bond with them through a consecration approved by the Church, so that the holy angels may lead us more effectively to God. The Work is under the overall direction of the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, under which has also been erected the Confraternity of the Holy Guardian Angels. The Sisters of the Holy Cross is aggregated to the Order and, though autonomous, forms with it one spiritual family.
The holy angels are powerful spirits present among us, "sent to serve those who are to inherit salvation" (Heb 1:14). "Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life" (CCC 336). Most Catholics know little about the holy angels except for the prayer, Angel of God, My Guardian Dear. Yet how much more progress we could make in our spiritual life if we looked more often to him who was given to us specifically as a "shepherd leading [us] to life"!
In an address to American pilgrims on October 3, 1958, Pope Pius XII reminded them that our lives are surrounded by the holy angels: "Each one of us, even the poorest of the poor, has angels watching over him. The angels are glorious, pure and splendid, but they have been given to us as companions along the way of life. They have the task of watching over you all, so that you do not stray away from Christ, your Lord."
At the end of the audience he admonished the faithful: "Have a familiar relationship with the angels, whose constant care is directed towards your salvation and holiness. God willing, you will spend an eternity of joy with the angels; learn to get to know them now!"
Pope John Paul II gave seven Catechesis on the angels at St. Peter's Square in Rome. In his second talk he stated: "The Church believes that she renders a great service to man when she proposes sincerely the totality of the truth about God, the Creator, and also about the angels" (General Audience, August 6, 1986).
Through retreats and parish missions, the priests of the Opus Angelorum lead the faithful to a more conscious collaboration with the holy angels in daily life for their own personal sanctification, the salvation of souls and the sanctification of priests
In accordance with Can. 677 § 2 the OA is joined to the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, and directed by this Order under the terms of can. 303 and cooperates with it in all areas of is apostolate.
The OA is a public association of the Catholic Church with a juridic personality in accordance with can. 313. Its Statutes are approved by the Holy See in accordance with can. 314." (Excerpt from the Statutes, art. 6).
A group of 500 Nigerian Muslim-background Christians, who gathered together for safety after a string of Boko Haram attacks, were later attacked again by the Islamist militant group. Most escaped, apart from 76 men, women and children who were taken captive, according to a Barnabas Fund contact.
The 76 were taken to a Boko Haram terrorists' camp where they were tortured. The four male leaders of the group were told at gunpoint to renounce their faith in Christ and revert to Islam. When they refused, holding fast to their Saviour, the men were shot in front of their families and friends.
The following week, the wives of the four martyred men were also ordered to renounce their faith or their children would be executed.
As the mothers struggled under this terrible burden into the night, the children came running in and said that the Lord Jesus had appeared to them and "all would be well". According to the account, the Lord Jesus then appeared to all of the group and told them not to fear, that He would protect them. They should not renounce Him, but stay strong knowing that "He is the way, the truth and the life".
The next morning the children, one a girl as young as four, were lined up against a wall by the terrorists and their four mothers were told they could save them if they renounced Jesus Christ and returned to Islam. The mothers refused. The soldiers cocked their rifles and prepared to take aim when they suddenly started to grab at their heads, screaming and shouting "Snakes, snakes!" Some ran away and others dropped dead where they stood.
As one of the soldiers fell down dead, a Christian captive reached down to pick up the soldier's gun to fire at the fleeing Boko Haram militants, but the youngest child put her hand on his arm and said, "You don't need to do that. Can you not see the men in white fighting for us?"
These schoolchildren are from families who were forced to flee their homes because of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen attacks
All 72 lives were spared and the group is now living in other regions of Nigeria that are safe for Christians. When our English-speaking contact asked their pastor why Jesus appeared to them and not to others he replied, "He does not need to. You have over 200 versions of Scripture and many people able to explain the Bible to you. These people do not."
From Barnabas Fund contacts. (www.barnabasfund.org/en/news/gods-intervention-saves... – March 2019)