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Sunday, October 2, 2005
Feast Day of the Guardian Angels

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father." (Matthew 18:10)
Memorial (1969 Calendar): October 2
Greater Double (1955 Calendar): October 2

Today is the feastday of the Guardian Angels, a day worthy of reflection. Theologically, each of us has a specific guardian angel to watch over us night and day (Ps 34:7, Mt 18:10, Ac 12:15), but what do we do concerning them? Do we ask for their guidance daily or ignore them? Everyday when we rise to go about our day and make a morning offering let us thank God for His mercy and pray that our guardian angel protects our body and soul in the day ahead. Please take advantage of this - for we are not alone in life! Our guardian angel is always with us!

As stated in the Baltimore Catechism, "Our guardian Angels pray for us, protect and guide us, and offer our prayers, good works and desires to God" (223).

No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, for to His Angels God has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. Upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone (Psalm 91: 10-12)

Above all, get to know your guardian angel. Request their aid even in computer and Internet trouble or traffic jams. Angels are spiritual creatures with remarkable intelligence yet no free will. As stated in the Baltimore Catechism, "Angels are pure spirits without a body, created to adore and enjoy God in heaven" (216). They serve God completely and devotion to our guardian angels can only lead us closer to Jesus Christ. Early Christians were devoted to angels. Origen (225 AD): "Every believer — although the humblest in the Church — is said to be attended by an angel, who the Savior declares always beholds the face of God the Father. Now, this angel has the purpose of being his guardian."
I'd like to conclude reminding everyone that we, after death, do not become angels. 

Angels are completely different creatures; what we hope to become is a saint, and then we will be in Heaven with the angels praising God: "Hoshana in the Highest, Lord God of Peace". People can't be angels just like they can't be dogs after they die - we are completely different.

For more information, please see my post: What are Angels? A Summary & Exposition on Angels for Catholics

From St. Bernard:

"And so, that nothing in heaven should be wanting in your concern for us, You send those blessed spirits to serve us, assigning them as our guardians and our teachers.

"'He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways.'

"These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instill confidence: respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection.

"And so the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present on your behalf. They are here to protect you and to serve you. But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need.

"So let us be devoted and grateful to such great protectors; let us return their love and honor them as much as we can and should.

"Yet all our love and honor must go to Him, for it is from Him that they receive all that makes them worthy of our love and respect.

"We should then, my brothers, show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our co-heirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father. We are God's children although it does not seem so, because we are still but small children under guardians and trustees, and for the present little better than slaves.

"Even though we are children and have a long, a very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear? They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray. They are loyal, prudent, powerful. Why then are we afraid? We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God's heaven."

Votive Mass of the Angels:

Missa Cantata on a side altar at St. Josaphat's church in Detroit Michigan, said by Fr. Hrytsyk

Guardian angel prayer:

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever be at my side to light and to guard, to rule and to guide. O God, Who in Thine ineffable Providence hast deigned to send Thy holy Angels to keep watch over us: grant to us Thy suppliant people, that we may always be defended by their protection, and may rejoice in their fellowship for ever. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal


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