Some months ago I was at the Treasure Hut in Hoven. As I was looking around, I heard a heated discussion with a mother and her children about going to a party (or concert or something). She told them they couldn’t go…telling her children: “Whenever you go into bad places, you leave your Guardian Angel at the door!” Tell you the truth, I had never heard that expression before then. And, you know, it is a good theology thought. It was supposed to make them think twice about going someplace bad because they’d be going alone. But…that’s not really the case…our Guardian Angels never leave us.
It’s just that putting ourselves in the near occasion of sin makes it harder for us to hear them!
Our loving God wants very much for us to find our way Home to Heaven, which is why, from infancy to death; He has wrapped every human person in the watchful care and the powerful protection of a Guardian Angel.
In the Second Book of the Bible (Exodus), God says, “See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared.” That place of course is Heaven, our home with God forever.
The mother at the Treasure Hut alludes well to what Matthew states: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”
Once we realize that we have such a wonderful gift as our personal Guardian Angel, who is committed to our safe arrival in Heaven, we should be moved to listen to their promptings.
Our Guardian Angels are always with us:
- they work to keep us on the right path;
- they help us to rise whenever we fall into sin;
- they encourage us to grow in holiness;
- they assist us in dangerous situations and most importantly;
- they act as intermediaries in offering our prayers & good works to God.
Friday, (October 2nd) we celebrated the Feast of the Guardian Angels. It’s our annual reminder for us to maintain a daily relationship with our Guardian Angel. That could be as simple as reciting the Guardian Angel prayer that we learned as a child. Remember this, kneeling at your bedside:
“Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule and guide. Amen!”
Never think we are too big to need the care and support of our Angelic Guides. Pray regularly to our Guardian Angels, thanking them for their constant care and asking for their powerful help and protection.