• Patricia Carol Meccia

Thank your Guardian Angel

One of the first prayers many Catholics learn is the prayer to their Guardian Angels. Through great generosity, God assigned an angel to each person and, unfortunately and to our demise, they are often go underappreciated or not even acknowledged.

I have included a watercolor painting of a concept of a guardian angel with the prayer included in the composition: 'Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here Ever this day (night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen'

Speaking from experience, developing a relationship and communicating often with my guardian angel has made a significant difference in my spiritual and daily life in practical matters. I have asked and received answers and assistance quickly and have begun thanking my angel more regularly.

I have listed some basic and interesting facts about Guardian Angels in excerpts from CatholicTradition.org on Angels and I highly recommend Fr. Chad Ripperger's lecture explaining what they are and are not.

'Nothing reminds man more vividly of his superior spiritual nature and of his glorious destiny in Heaven than this unseen Heavenly escort given us during our earthly pilgrimage. Just as kings give their children a tutor, an attendant from their own court, so the King of Heaven has given men, His adoptive children through grace, tutelary spirits, Guardians and protectors from His Own court.'

'Our Guardian Angels pray for us and with us, and they offer our prayers, our suffering, and our good desires to the throne of God.

'Their happiness is perfect, for they receive of the ocean of God's happiness in a way that no human mind can fathom. The happiness that an Angel enjoys in one moment is so deep, complete and all-satisfying that it exceeds all the happiness that a mortal man could enjoy in a thousand years.'

'Indirectly, the Angels help man by keeping the devil away or at least restraining him from causing all the harm and "the spiritual ruin which he so persistently tries to bring upon us, not excluding physical violence and even death. Thus they eliminate many occasions of sin, reduce the number of temptations, and break their force, and in this manner they actually fulfill in our behalf what, in a symbolical language, was expressed in Psalm 90: 11-12: 11] For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways. [12]In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.'

'It is at the hour of death that the good Angel shows the greatest zeal in protecting and defending the soul committed to his care, invoking often the assistance of other Angels against the wiles and the fury of Satan. According to Origen, "At the hour of death the celestial escort receives the soul the moment it leaves the body." [In Johan., XIX, 4] This common Catholic belief, of the soul being accompanied by its Angel to the Divine Tribunal is based on the words of Our Lord: "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the Angels into Abraham's bosom." [Luke 16: 22] The same truth finds expression in the liturgical prayers of the Church, especially in the burial service for adults: "May the Angels lead thee into Paradise, may the Martyrs receive thee at thy coming, and take thee to Jerusalem the holy City. May the choirs of the Angels receive thee, and mayest thou with the once poor Lazarus have rest everlasting . . . Come to his assistance ye Saints of God; meet him ye Angels of the Lord. Receive his soul and present it to the Most High. May Christ who called thee receive thee, and may the Angels lead thee into the bosom of Abraham."

'Should the departed soul be not quite ready to enter Heaven because it has not fully satisfied Divine Justice for its faults, and must therefore remain for some time in Purgatory, the Guardian Angel will lead it to the place of expiation. The same Angel will often visit it and comfort it in company of other good Angels.' In the meantime, while the soul is suffering in Purgatory, the Guardian Angel goes around inspiring and prompting some of the friends and relatives or other good souls here on earth to pray and to offer Masses for its release from Purgatory. The Guardian Angel will not rest till the day when he shall introduce the soul into Paradise, where it can share with him the blessed vision of God and join in the never-ending hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord of Heaven.'

"O wonderful condescension of God! O love truly marvelous! . . . The Most High has commanded the Angels, His Angels, those sublime spirits, so blessedly happy and so near His throne, His familiar, His closest friends. He has given His Angels charge over thee. Who art thou? What is man, that thou art mindful of him? . . . And what thinkest thou He has ordered them in thy account?-----To protect thee." Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.


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