Our Guardian Angels
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.
Wow! Remember that prayer? I think it was one of the first ones taught to us as children. How many times did we call upon our guardian angel to protect us from harm? Do we remember our own Guardian Angel and call upon them as adults? I guess it is something that we grow out of, and that is too bad.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks to the origin of Guardian Angels: "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. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God." [Catechism of the Catholic Church 336].
In his Angelus address on October 2nd, 2011, Pope Emeritus Benedict preached: "Dear friends, the Lord is ever close and active in humanity's history and accompanies us with the unique presence of his Angels, whom today the Church venerates as 'Guardian Angels,' that is, ministers of the divine care for every human being. From the beginning until the hour of death, human life is surrounded by their constant protection."
Although it may have fallen out of practice, our Guardian Angels are priceless gifts from God to each of us. They watch out for our personal safety and protection. The times we live in certainly would welcome such a wonderful gift. Teach the young children in your life the importance of their Guardian Angel, and that they can call upon them for guidance anytime. Teach them the prayer above, and let them know that God's love, through their Guardian Angel, propels them through life and protects them as they move through their daily activities. May our Guardian Angels be ever at our sides.
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