Angels are not New Age;Letter

22nd January 1999 at 00:00
PLEASE spare us the ignorance of the article (TES Friday, January 8) on the New Age faith which brings angels into the classroom. The 2,000-year-old Roman Catholic tradition has never abandoned angels, guardian or otherwise.

Roman Catholic children are taught to sleep each evening having prayed, "Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love, commits thee here. Ever this night, be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide". There is also a hymn to one's guardian angel.

As a Roman Catholic teacher for many years, I was taught not only to invoke my own guardian angel in times of worry but to pray for each child in my care. The brave and committed teacher will pray openly with the class for the child with the troubled spirit. And, yes, it most definitely does work. This is not a new technique discovered by Dr William Bloom but a tried- and-tested method of pedagogy documented in Roman Catholic teaching manuals for centuries.

The current vogue in the media for all things new simply serves to emphasise the ignorance of many. Angels are definitely not "New Age". There is, indeed, nothing new under the sun.

Catherine Lane, Senior lecturer in religious education, Chichester Institute of HE

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