A life touched by faith

Roma Downey, who played the Irish angel Monica on the hugely popular TV series “Touched by an Angel” said last … Continued

Roma Downey, who played the Irish angel Monica on the hugely popular TV series “Touched by an Angel” said last week at a dinner preceding the National Prayer Breakfast, “Through much time in prayer I have realized that I want to spend the second act of my life doing projects that openly honor and glorify God.”

The first project she is doing, which launches this week, is a children’s DVD series called “Little Angels.” It’s the story of four year old twins who have angels painted on their ceiling who come to life to teach them the ABC’s, numbers and Bible stories. Along with her British husband, Hollywood megaproducer (of “Survivor,” “The Apprentice” and “The Voice” fame) Mark Burnett, Downey is at work on an app called Bible360 where you can share what the passages you’re reading, prayer requests, etc. with friends. And finally, she and Burnett will begin shooting a new Bible series this month in Morocco. It will be a 10 part, 10 hour long series that covers the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. At the dinner Downey said that “prayer has always played a a key role throughout my life” and she recited the prayer her father used to say with her every night in war torn Ireland after her mother’s death.

“Father in Heaven, my Savior dear/watch over my daughter and draw thou near/send your little angels to be at her side/to light and to guard, to love and to guide.”      


Sally Quinn Sally Quinn is the founding editor of OnFaith.
  • Sadetec

    While I commend anyone who is prepared to spend their time and money to help others, I do despair at the number of believers who feel the need to interject their faith into their good deeds. It’s like when McDonalds produces textbooks for public schools, but scatters its logo and references to its trademark characters throughout the pages.

    Would it not be possible to just teach spelling and arithmetic, without having to also push a given religious message? Is the former somehow not praiseworthy enough, unless accompanied by the latter?

  • ccnl1

    They are called the Infamous Angelic Cons:

    Joe Smith had his Moroni.

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this “tin-kerbell” got around).

    Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other “no-namers” to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these “pretty wingie thingies” to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    Some added references to “tink-erbells”.

    “Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah.”

    Apparently hallu-cinations did not stop with Joe Smith.

  • Counterww

    Because Jesus Christ instructed us to do so.

  • persiflage

    “Father in Heaven, my Savior dear/watch over my daughter and draw thou near/send your little angels to be at her side/to light and to guard, to love and to guide.”

    The problem is, adults continue to believe these fairy tales long after they cease being children. Realtiy happens, wars and catastrophes continue to occur, millions die random, premature deaths full of suffering and misery by natural and unnatural causes, and still they believe.

    Could have been worse without angels?? ‘Touched’ is right………

  • timFTW

    I can’t speak for other religions, but the Bible does not promise that people will not suffer. In fact, it warns us that the world will hate us and that we may suffer (in this life) as a consequence of following Christ.

  • ThomasBaum

    I would say that anyone that has been “touched” by God would seem “touched” to those that “believe”, wholeheartedly, that we are no more than worm food.

    See you all in the Kingdom.

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