THE LITTLE ANGEL – A Christian Primer

The Little Angel acts here as a guide through the world of christianity.  Presenting himself to the children as their Little Guardian Angel, he brings closer to them in a comprehensible and interesting manner the evangelical story of Christ, as well as all the other more important concepts related to the Christian faith and Church.  Even though the book had been created within the realm of the Orthodox Church, Catholic visual motifs had been used as well, and it was written in such a manner as to be interesting not only to children from the Christian world but also in a much wider sense.  It was made for children between the ages of five and twelve.

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YOU HAVE A GUARDIAN ANGEL TOO

Salutations, God be with you!
I am the Little Angel. Your very own guardian angel. It is time we got to know each other. I know your name and how old you are.  I know all about you.

You must be wondering how?  My only task is to love You, to take care of You, that is, to pray for you, and to protect You.

To protect You from what?  Well, from the dark, from bad thoughts and actions, from fear, and of course, from the naughty elves.

WE ARE ALL ONE BIG FAMILY

All of us, both children, mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, and angels, were created by the Heavenly Father, Creator of the entire world -- The Lord, our God.  And that is why we, both people and angels, are all brothers and sisters.  We are all one big family.

In order to be happy we need to love each other, and we must pray for love to our great Father, our Lord, God up above.

 

WHENEVER WE ARE IN NEED OUR HEAVENLY FATHER SENDS HELP TO US

Although God bestowed wings on me so that I can fly fast, faster than a bird or an airplane, and even though he has enabled me to shine forth so that wherever I go the darkness flees before me, still I have so many times felt that I am very small after all and that I do not know much, do not know much about so many things…

That is when I seek help from our great Father.  I do not need to beckon him over and to shout much; He can hear me even when I am whispering, and when it is that I think only of him, he then replies to me instantly.

Joy then comes into my heart. And some new strength awakens in my wings.  For, the wisest, biggest, strongest and best, in the whole wide world is indeed our Heavenly father!

GOD, OUR HEAVENLY LORD LIVES INSIDE OF YOUR HEART TOO

He sees all and hears all; he also knows all and loves all.
His home is the entire Universe.  He is the Maker or Creator of all the stars and planets, and all things, and he is the Father of all beings and creatures.
He lives everywhere, in the smallest and largest of places.  Everything is close to him. He lives both in Your heart and in mine.

 

CHURCHES ARE THE HOMES OF LOVE

And although, the whole world is His home he also has special homes, where His children gather and where they pray together.  Those houses are called temples or churches.

In churches we safeguard and praise Love, and that is why churches are homes of Love.  Inside of them and all around the church chambers countless big and small winged colorful hearts are flying.

A HEART FILLED WITH LOVE IS THE BEST CHURCH EVER

But also every man is a house too, indeed, a temple or a church, just like we all are too.

How could this be?  Well it’s possible, for none of us are alone.  Every one of us carries in his or her heart someone else too: mother, father, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, a friend, our small angel, and so forth…

Please close your eyes, and become smaller, and step in front of your heart’s door, take a peek inside, and then tell me who else lives inside of Your heart?

Simply said, Love lives inside of Your heart, and Love is our dear God. So that is why Your heart is one of His most beautiful churches.

Be careful so that Love never leaves the heart, so that it can grow bigger and bigger, so that there will be room in your heart for a little bird too, and for a small flower and even a tiny butterfly…

To manage to save Love in ones heart is the greatest art of all, the greatest in the whole world.  I am sure you are wondering how?  Let us go into a church together and you will see that this is not too difficult to do, but it is also not the easiest of things to do either.

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PLANTS, AND ANIMALS, AND EVERYTHING
IN THE WORLD AWAITS ON LOVE FROM MAN

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When they feel a being that is truly filled with love, in whom there is no evil and no fear, animals do not fear him and do not attack him.  For everything around us wants love and is in need of it and everyone is awaiting love coming from man – plants and animals and the whole of planet Earth, and the countless stars up above in the sky, and the souls of persons in the Kingdom of God, endless suites of angels…

 

AND GOD AWAITS YOUR LOVE TOO

And God, Oh, how He eagerly awaits precisely Your love and wants You to call him into Your world.

He is always somewhere close to You, but He does not like to come arrive uninvited, for he is not a thief who is breaking into Your home, but is a polite guest who always eagerly and happily answers Your call.

And here we have finally come to the question of prayer.

PRAYER -- AN ACCOMPLISHMENT AND AN ACT OF LOVE

Each call of Yours that is sent out to the Lord, each one of Your invocations to Him is a prayer.  And even more than this, only Your good deed is also a prayer.  A prayer is also when you invoke her Holiness the Mother of God and to the angels and saints.  A prayer is also when you approach your mother and father with love or anyone else even if it be a small snail.

Because prayer is a state of love, and whenever we engage in love, the Lord is with us and we are with Him.

MAKE EACH DAY MORE BEAUTIFUL WITH A PRAYER, AND MAKE EACH DREAM MORE BEAUTIFUL ALSO WITH A PRAYER

Perhaps you are asking yourself when you should pray.  It is nice to pray in the morning, after waking up, in your wish to enter the new day together with the Lord.  For just as you wash your face with water in the morning so too do you cleanse your soul with prayer.  The beginning is important in everything in existence.  An old proverb tells us: the day is known by the morning.  So start your day with a prayer and love and then you will encounter love throughout the whole day, for whatever you sow, will grow.

It is also nice to pray just before falling asleep. I am so happy when you mention me at nighttime in your prayer, when you beckon me to chase away the dark above your bed.  This is what I do anyway every night, and I shine light on Your entire bed as Your own small moon, as your tiny midget sun.  But it seems to me that I shine ten times stronger whenever You ask me to look after You and to protect You.

 

IT IS DUE TO YOUR PRAYER THAT I BECOME STRONGER, I TOO, WHO AM YOUR LITTLE ANGEL, YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL

When you fly up into the worlds of wondrous imagination and dreams, I do not leave Your company for a single moment.  Silently above You I fly and am on the lookout so that some evil little elf or someone similar to him does not fly into Your dream and frighten You.  But, remember, the more Your prayer is stronger or greater – greater then will my strength and power be.

You cannot even imagine how we angels are capable of becoming sad when people forget us.  For without the Lord’s love and faith people are so helpless and weak.  Without love everything becomes ugly, dries up and withers away.  Without love the planet would become so cold and would soon become a kingdom of ice and snow.  Even the sun itself would stop providing warmth for us.

 

AN UNSELFISH PRAYER – A PRAYER THAT MAKES YOU GROW

But, you know, it is selfish only to pray for yourself.  In prayer it is nice to remember all those that you carry in your heart; one tends to grows much quicker when praying so.

I am very fond of a prayer coming from a grandmother living in Your neighborhood and often when she is praying I fly away for a moment just to hear her.  Just imagine how she prays most sincerely every time, pleading with God from the bottom of her heart:
- Dear Lord, please help all people and likewise help my children too.
She does not first mention her children; she does this at the end, even though she loves her own children most in the whole wide world.  But she knows that all people are God’s children and that her own children only taken together with all else may be happy in the end.  For no one can be happy on their own.

Just imagine, what kind of happiness would that be if man did not have anyone around to share it with him?

THE POWER OF GOOD AND BAD THOUGHTS

Why is it important for your friend to be happy also?  Well, this is important because of You too, because happiness is carried over from man to man, just like sorrow, as well as the flu.

And it is also important that Your neighbor be happy too, because happiness passes through walls, just like all human thoughts pass through walls likewise.

Each one of Your thoughts comes from inside of You as some small traveler to travel around the world.  If it is a sad one, it may enter into someone’s heart as a tear and that person may then be sad for many a day without anyone knowing the reason why.  If it is a happy one, it may wake some sorrowful person out of his state and cheer him up so that this person may smile for many days to come.

Happy and good thoughts are colorful and fluttery, gloomy thoughts are dark and heavy.    With happy thoughts one, indeed, grows faster.  They are capable of healing sick people, but from evil thoughts one grows old faster and one may become ill due to them, also one may become insane and even kill himself.

You are the master of Your own thoughts.  To pray constantly means to always be thinking with lots of love.  And this does not seem to be such a difficult thing, all you need to remember is just how important thoughts are, in fact.

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