Even adults have guardian angels

Question

We had the feast of the Guardian Angels recently (Oct. 2). I remember that from childhood. Does it matter to adults? — Appleton

Answer

“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.” 

I can still remember my mother reciting this prayer with me as a little boy each morning when she would wake me up for school. Today, it is still one of the prayers I say in the morning when I kneel beside my bed to offer my day to our Lord.

Each of us has a guardian angel, appointed by God to help us on our journey to him. Having a guardian angel is an amazing gift. It may be tempting to think that having a guardian angel is “too good to be true,” or the stuff of legends or greeting cards. But you and I and everyone certainly do have guardian angels. Our guardian angel begins accompanying us at the moment we are created. And we enjoy our angel’s guidance and protection for our entire earthly life.

An angel is, by nature, spiritual and incorporeal (having no physical body). An angel has intelligence and will. Angels “surpass in perfection all visible creatures,” states the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 330).

An angel is a servant and messenger of God. The word “angel” comes from a Greek word that means “messenger.” They are seen in Scripture — staying Abraham’s hand against Isaac, healing Tobit and guiding Tobias, announcing Jesus’ incarnation to Mary, and fighting and defeating Satan, to name a few appearances.

The Catechism adds that, “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by (angels) watchful care and intercession” (n. 336.) The Catechism also quotes St. Basil, who died in 379 A.D: “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.” 

Even as an adult, our guardian angel matters. Our angel continues to protect us and guide us, even after childhood. I am grateful to God and my guardian angel for protecting me during some close calls and guiding me during some important decisions.

We can call upon our guardian angel in our daily struggle to love our Lord and fight against the enemy and his temptations. We can ask our angel for enlightenment and guidance when we are confronted with difficult decisions or challenging situations. Faced with mounting chaos and disorder, we can invoke our angel to focus us on Christ, his church and the truth, which will bring us peace and lead us to life.

I encourage you to pray the guardian angel prayer daily. May our angels be always near us and may we be always aware of their presence!

Fr. Sladek is administrator of St. Mark Parish, Redgranite, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Poy Sippi.

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