Guardian Angels

Monday, October 2, 2017

Readings for the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels – Memorial

“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.”  Matthew 18:10

We honor, today, our glorious Guardian Angels!  They are treasures and helpers beyond what we could imagine. 

A few days ago we honored the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.  In that reflection we looked at the hierarchy of celestial beings created by God.  Though the Guardian Angels are on the bottom of that list, they are no less glorious and magnificent than the host of other celestial beings. 

Guardian Angels are traditionally said to have been created for the sole purpose of serving us in our needs.  Yes, God could have chosen to care for us directly without the use of angels, but He didn’t.  He chose to create angels as mediators of His grace and care. 

It’s fair to say that our Guardian Angels love us with a perfect love.  They know us, care for us and desire deeply that we become holy.  Their primary purpose is to get us to Heaven and to draw us into the heights of sanctity.  How do they do this?

They do it by mediating God’s grace to us.  The word “angel” means messenger.  Thus, our angels play a central role in communicating to us the will and mind of God.  They can speak all that God wants to say to us.  They are also protectors in that they bring grace from God to particular situations in life to fight against evil and to help us do good. 

Reflect, today, upon the gift of your own guardian angel.  This celestial being was created for the sole purpose of caring for you and getting you to Heaven.  Speak to your angel, today.  Rely upon your angel’s intercession and allow this holy angel to communicate to you God’s abundant grace. 

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.  Angels of God, pray for me.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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