Guardian-Variety Angels

Today’s Gospel at Mass contains the verse that most typically is cited in support of the Church’s teaching on guardian angels–namely, Our Lord’s words in Matthew 18:10: “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.”

Several Church Fathers taught that God assigns everyone an angel to watch over him or her throughout one’s life. In fact, the guardian angels are commemorated in the Church’s liturgy on October 2nd each year.

Guardian angels are also discussed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 336:

“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’ (quoting St. Basil).  Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.”

Other biblical passages in support of this beautiful teaching include Luke 16:22; Psalm 34:7, 91:10-13; Job 33:23-24; Zech. 1:12; and Tobit 12:12.

As for the Church’s teaching on angels in general, paragraphs 328-54 of the Catechism provide an excellent overview. If you don’t have a copy of the Catechism, it would be a good investment. Click here for more information.

Whoever becomes humble like a child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. Perhaps one aspect of that humility is not becoming too “grown up” and self-sufficient to turn to one’s guardian angel for assistance.  

2 responses

  1. The topic of guardian angels is too often ignored or treated as childish. I read an excellent article on the topic of miracles once, and at the end the priest-author mentioned that if we do not ask for miracles–and believe them possible–we will not experience them. I can’t help wondering whether the same could be said for guardian angels–by that I mean to say, how much does our ignoring them hinder their good work? If I do not pray for my guardian angel and actively seek his intercession, do I somehow leave myself more open to attacks? I’d be interested to hear comments to that end!

    Thank you for this post!

  2. Well, I know I have a Guardian Angel. He’s helped me many times. When life got tough and there was a lot on my plate, when temptation was pounding me, when dispair was trying to surround me and a couple times when I thought death was at hand. I include him in my daily prayers and talk to him throughout the day. He’s a loyal and strong companion who tries to keep me in God’s grace. Years ago I felt bad that I didn’t even know his name, so I prayed on coming up with a name for him. And one day it came to me. Semper Fidelis. Being in the military, I thought this a fitting nick-name for him, until the time I meet him and he tells me his real name.
    I suggest you pray to your angel too. Perhaps he’ll give you a nick-name to call him to remind you that he’ll always be there for you.

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