Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 25 July |
The Feast of Saint James the Great
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Are angels among us in the world?


Francesco Botticini | Public Domain

Philip Kosloski - published on 07/26/20

Catholics believe that angels are among us and we can notice their activity, even though we may never see them with our eyes.

The belief in the presence of mysterious spiritual beings is common to many religions of the world, including Christianity. For Catholics, belief in angels is a truth of faith, something revealed by God and confirmed by extraordinary experiences.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains the basic Catholic view of angels.

The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition … As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness. (CCC 328, 330)

It is believed that these spiritual beings do not possess a material body, which is why we can not see them with our physical eyes. However, they are able to impact both the spiritual and material world, accompanying us on a daily basis.

From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.” Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God. (CCC 336)

Jesus himself confirmed this belief in angels that are always among us.

See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:10).

Nevertheless, it is a mystery that must be accepted with faith, as our physical senses are not able to detect their presence at our side. We may “feel” their presence in our soul, or notice certain thoughts enter our mind, but rarely do we ever glimpse a miraculous event that gives clear evidence of their existence.

Jesus and countless saints over the centuries urge us to believe in their hidden role in our salvation, which should give us some comfort, knowing that we are truly never alone in this world, surrounded by spiritual beings that were created to help us draw closer to God.

Make sure to visit the slideshow below to discover five little-known facts about Archangels. 

5 Facts about Guardian Angels

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Philip Kosloski
This morning prayer is easy to memorize
Daniel Esparza
5 Curious things you might not know about Catholicism
Joachim and Anne
Philip Kosloski
Did Jesus know his grandparents?
J-P Mauro
Reconstructing a 12th-century pipe organ discovered in the Holy L...
Daniel Esparza
3 Legendary pilgrimages off the beaten path
Philip Kosloski
Why is Latin the official language of the Church, instead of Aram...
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been know...
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.