Skip to comments.What Do You Know About Your Guardian Angels?
Posted on 08/28/2012 1:24:20 PM PDT by NYer
When you were a kid you were told that you have a mysterious spirit that supposedly floats around wherever you go. You learned that this mysterious spirit was good and that he would keep you safe. You probably even learned that famous prayer . In short, you and I learned that we have a lifelong companion whom we still know very little about. What do you know about your guardian angel?
Our own guardian angels are chosen by God from the last of the nine choirs of the spirits of light. They form part of the third hierarchy of angels of which the principalities and the archangels are also a part. Each guardian angel reflects Gods goodness in a particular way and they are ever ready to go wherever the will of God sends them. They are the guardians of our safety and salvation, and they obtain for us the grace of final perseverance.
Catholic belief not only acknowledges the existence of guardian angels but, throughout most of Church history, asserts that every human during his lifetime has its own guardian angel not assigned to anyone else. This is true for Christians and non-Christians alike, whether they are in grace or in sin.
The ministry of the guardian angels consists in extensive duties: warding off dangers to body and soul, removing occasions of sin and helping us to overcome temptation, preventing Satan from suggesting evil thoughts, inspiring and fostering in us holy thoughts and pious desires, offering to God our prayers and praying for us, correcting us if we sin, helping us in the agony of death, strengthening and comforting us, and conducting our souls to heaven or to purgatory to console us there. Our guardian angels do all that they can to help us, but since they are not omniscient it is up to us to expose our intimate thoughts to them by an act of free will. It is to our benefit to have no secrets to hide from him, because he is surely our best friend after God and Mother Mary.
We cannot sensibly perceive our guardian angels, yet they are with us from the moment of our conception. Their task is not completed until we gaze with them on the Vision of God. Our guardian angels tenderness is nearly above all words: He fights for us and asks no thanks, but hides his silent victories and continues to gaze upon God (Father Faber). Until the morning of our resurrection we will not know from how many dangers he has delivered us, nor how much of our salvation is actually due to him. His work is beyond the power of meriting, because his work is a work of love. How many times have we felt his presence and power rescuing us from danger? In him we have an unseen friend.
St. Bernard comically teaches his disciples, Always remember that you are in the presence of your guardian angel Never do in the presence of your guardian angel what you would not do in my presence. Continually reminding ourselves of their presence is an excellent means of overcoming temptation. Let us frequently invoke their intercession in the time of temptation and trial. Let us revere their presence, bless their benevolence, and trust in their care.
We owe filial devotion to our guardian angels for kindly warning us and earnestly exhorting us.
The best gift of thanksgiving you can give to your guardian angel, as I mentioned in my last article , is to offer Holy Communion in gratitude for their ministry. It is also a good idea to take up the practice, as did many saints, of consulting our guardian angels before undertaking anything both great and small. Moreover, it is also a good practice to not only continuously remind yourself of your guardian angel but also to acknowledge and to greet the guardian angels of others.
Your guardian angel sees in his charge a soul of priceless value since it was redeemed by the Precious Blood of God. A soul becomes more and more radiant through the Blood of Christ. A soul in the state of grace is a beautiful thing for our angels to joyfully gaze upon. Let us not sadden our heavenly companion by staining our souls with sin, but if stained we become, let us make haste to run to the Blood of Christ flowing from all the seven sacraments.
Get to know your guardian angel. Like St. Pio, I have entrusted various tasks to my guardian angel, especially the responsibility of maintaining the list of those who have asked for my prayers. Once on that list, my angel is in charge and I can rest assured that when I offer up prayers for “the list”, everyone is included. Thank you, dearest guardian angel!
I know that mine has been very busy for many years.
“When you were a kid you were told that you have a mysterious spirit that supposedly floats around wherever you go”
I must have missed that memo.
Yep, mine wore her wings out getting me into my 20’s...
My guardian angel knows what I need before I do and steers me in the right direction. I know that sounds superficial but I believe it to be true. We should make sure that we give thanks. I will do so now. Good post.
Zuzu Bailey: Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.
George Bailey: That’s right, that’s right.
George Bailey: Attaboy, Clarence.
Your pings are amazing. :)
I ask my guardian angel to whisper a bad joke in the ear of someone who needs to be cheered up.
I didn’t run a background check on mine.
A fuller explanation of the biblical basis for angels in general and Guardian Angels specifically is found at http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/are-guardian-angels-biblical/ , Are Guardian Angels Biblical?
You’ve missed out on a lot of those memos based on your postings.
But they are still available to you, if you’ll but ask the Lord into your heart. Prayers up.
Wow. That’s not in scripture.
We know that there are angels, and that God sends them to do his will among his people.
Anything beyond that is pure speculation.
Definition of speculation: an idea pulled from one’s fanny, which can be wholly rebutted simply by saying Nuh-Uh.
O Angel of Christ, holy guardian and protector of my soul and body, forgive me everything wherin I have offended thee every day of my life, and protect me from all influence and temptation of the evil one. May I nevermore anger God by any sin. Pray from me to the Lord, that He may make me worthy of the grace of the All-holy Trinity, and of the Most Blessed Theotokos, and of the Saints. Amen.
Without going into details, all I can say is someone or something pulled my strings in such a way that I was able to walk away from a freak auto accident without injury when I should have been killed instantly. I believe that was my guardian angel.
We were having a discussion in our prayer group last week on whether we should give our guardian angel a name. Some heard this should never be done and others said it is appropriate. What are your thoughts?
They are, of course, God's messengers and agents, and it is to Him that I am truly grateful.
Wait, praying to an angel? Should you do that?
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