The Guardian Angels (Feast: October 2)

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The Guardian Angels (Feast: October 2)

From infancy to 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, n. 336).

Few aspects of Catholic piety are more comforting as the belief in an angel lovingly assigned to protect each of us from dangers real and imagined. Jesus' words in Matthew 18:10 encourage the belief: "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."

The guardian angels represent us before God and watch over us, aid in our prayer and present our souls to God at death. St Jerome observed “how great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it."

St Thomas Aquinas teaches that our guardian angels can act upon our senses and upon our imaginations, though not upon our wills. However working on our intellect, and thus upon our will, through the senses and the imagination our guardian angel can help us discern the good and conform our will to it.

It is a healthy expression of faith in God's enduring love for us that we encourage our children and grandchildren to invoke daily the assistance of the very guardian chosen for each of us by God. But let us also be encouraged ourselves:   
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 to rule and guide. Amen

By Michael McKenna, Director, Office of Liturgy