Belief in Guardian Angels can be traced throughout all antiquity

Today, the church memorializes our Holy Guardian Angels, angels assigned to us by God to guard and protect us always throughout our entire lives. It is an awesome thought, especially if we recall that our guardian angel always looks upon the face of our heavenly Father. (Matthew 18:10)  Our lives are so precious to God that He has created and assigned an angel specifically for each one of us. “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life” Lord says: “My angel is with you, and he is the custodian of your lives”. For anyone who thinks they’re in charge of their own life, it’s important to know that a guardian angel has been authorized by God to take full custody of that life.  Your angel is constantly beholding the face of Christ. This gives your angel a privileged position to instantly hear, receive, and carry out orders specifically related to you. Your angel is attentive to you at all times. Therefore, obey God’s command to “be attentive to” your angel and “heed his voice”

Think about it: Whatever we’re doing right now, however we’re feeling today, we can count on a guardian angel whose special assignment is to help and protect us. Powerful, glorious, totally committed to God, these heavenly guardians are always at our side.

Searching for connections between the first reading from Job and today’s gospel led me to another but less familiar way that guardian angels look after our souls. If we are honest with ourselves, we too have had moments so excruciating that, like Job, we wish we had never been born; or, long for death to bring an end to our anguish and misery. The circumstances for each of us varies depending on culture, health and history – having a life threatening illness, battling depression, recovering from a tragic accident, the death of a loved one, the ravages of war, the unspeakable horrors of abuse and torture, failing a course, – only God knows what strips us of meaning and purpose. What if it is also the voice of our guardian angel that we hear, whispering in our ear, “speak up! Unburden your heart!” God, and others, need to hear our desperate pleas – how else can our hearts be opened to receive the energy and power of God’s healing love? How else do we know God cares for me?

Why does Jesus warn His disciples to “not despise the little ones?” God dwells with the lowly and regards them with compassion. His angels watch over them as guardians. “For He will give His angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11). God has not left us alone in our struggle. The angels are His “ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation”. Scripture is full of examples of how the angels serve as messengers and protectors.  Today’s gospel also reminds us that unless we turn and become like children, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3) The gospel helps us recall that literally everything we have and are is a gift from God. In our day-to-day struggle to do our work and keep our families together and healthy, we can forget that though we need to do our part, all is from God.

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 and rule and guide.


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