Today is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels!
“Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.”
Speaking from personal experience, I think the existence of guardian angels is something all too easily forgotten in our day-to-day lives. The Church teaches that each person is entrusted to the watchful care and intercession of their own angel—from the beginning of that person’s life until its end.
Basically: you’re not reading this post alone. Your angel is sitting there with you.
So just incase your education about angels ended in 3rd grade Sunday school, I thought I’d take the opportunity to better acquaint you with the spiritual companion you’ve had throughout your life (whether you’ve always realized it or not).
Like I said, the Church teaches that everyone has a guardian angel (believers and non-believers alike). She gets this teaching from Scripture. For example, in today’s Gospel reading, Jesus says:
“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.”
As Augustine tells us, “Angel” is an office— not a nature. The nature of the Angels is spirit. In other words, spirit is what they are; angel is what they do. Angels are purely spiritual beings (with intelligence and will) who serve as messengers of God. They exist to serve the plan of salvation, as Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?”
Humans don’t become angels when we die and go to Heaven; angels are completely different creatures from us, created for their own purpose. We keep our human nature in Heaven, it is simply perfected because it is united to Christ.
If it’s been awhile since you’ve spoken with your angel, today’s a good day to get re-acquainted. Your angel knows all of your habits, good and bad, and they seek to help you with them. Ask for their prayers and ask for their protection. God gave you an angel for a reason 🙂
Prayer to Your Guardian Angel:
Dear Angel at my side, my good and loyal friend, you have been with me since the moment I was born. You are my own personal guardian, given me by God as my guide and protector, and you will stay with me till I die. He who created you and me gave me to you as your particular charge. You assisted in great joy at my baptism, when I became part of the Mystical Body of Christ, and was made a member of the household of God and an heir of heaven. You saw the dangers that beset my path, and, if I sinned, it was in spite of you. You were with me when Christ came to me in Holy Communion. Even though you probably were there among the angels that adored Him the night that He was born, you have not been able to receive Him as I can. O, help me to appreciate these gifts! Help me to realize, as you do, with every fiber of my being, that to serve Christ is to be a King! Help me steadfastly to avoid evil and do good and always guard my soul from sin. Protect me as well from physical evils as I go about my daily work. You will be with me all my life, and at the hour of my death. Help me to face death bravely, patiently, with great love of God, knowing that it is only through death that I can come to Him in heaven! Then, come with me to my Judge, and when the hour of my salvation comes, take me home to my Father, God. Amen.
[today’s post was brought to you by the Catechism of the Catholic Church]