Hands be Bound with Ropes and Shame
Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God's love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.
"From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their (the angels) 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 to God."
- from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 336.
The trio of pieces "Cast Down", "Jacob and the Angel" and "Upheld" represent the experiences of many who seek to be part of a community of faith. Although seeking healing, strength and protection, they are often demonized--cast down, cast out and rejected "in the name of God"... and so they wrestle.