Today is the feast of the Guardian Angels. Since the 17th century, the Universal Church has celebrated a feast honoring them in October.
Angels are servants or messengers from God. Angels are spiritual creatures appointed by God to complete certain duties. God has given his guardian angels the responsibility of watching over us and protecting us. The duty of the guardian angel is to protect us from evil and guide us to salvation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us the following about our guardian angels: “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their 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 in God [CCC 336]. Every human being has his own guardian angel.
How does one develop a personal relationship with his/her guardian angel?
1. Pray daily to your guardian angel.
The Guardian Angel Prayer
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.
You can find the Litany of the Angel Guardian and more prayers to your guardian angel at this beautiful website.
2. Be attentive to the promptings of your guardian angel. If you listen, your guardian angel will enlighten you through the voice of your conscience to avoid temptations that can lead to sin. Your guardian angel will also offer good ideas on ways to love and serve God and others. Your guardian angel may even help you avoid physically dangerous situations.
3. Send your guardian angel on various spiritual tasks or errands. St. Padre Pio did this and people often sent their guardian angels to Padre Pio to obtain prayer. This is one way Padre Pio was able to watch over his spiritual children from a distance. For example, when one of Padre Pio’s spiritual sons became involved in a serious car accident thousands of miles away, he sent his guardian angel to promise his prayers and protection. St. Gemma Galgani sent her guardian angel to communicate with her Spiritual Father, a Passionist priest, who lived in Rome, and frequently travelled on parish missions.
4. Greet the guardian angels of others. Before entering a room, greet the guardian angels of family members or co-workers to assist you in interacting with them.
5. Thank your guardian angel for watching over you daily.
~ copyright Jean M. Heimann October 2014