From a reader…
Some other Catholic moms and I were discussing how babies often gaze off into space and smile. Some of the mom’s said they had been told that babies can see angels. This is certainly a lovely idea, but I was curious to hear your thoughts on it. I know angels are spiritual and non-corporeal beings, but that they have appeared in human form (such as in today’s reading from Tobit in the Ordinary Form of the Mass!). Curious to hear your thoughts on the topic.
I am inclined to say yes. Here is why.
Friends of mine told me that when their grandson was very little, he would have infantile but seemingly real conversations with someone unseen. When he visited his grandparent’s house, he immediately latched onto a small statue of an angel, which he would carry about while he was there, though he was always content to leave it at their home and not desire to take it with him. One day, when he was about two, over the baby monitor in his room his parents heard him talking to someone about where his “binky” (dummy) was. When they went to the room to investigate, there he was sitting on his bed. He said, dejected, that he couldn’t see his angel anymore.
Also, one of my favorite saints, St Frances of Rome (d 1440) is famous for having been able to see and communicate with her Guardian Angel.
Possible? Sure. I don’t know if all babies can do this, but I suspect that some can… for a while.
Do not forget to ask the help of your Angel Guardian and to thank him for his good care.