by Ed Masters
GUARDIAN ANGELS, whose Feast Day is October 2, are more intimately involved with human beings than any of the angelic choirs. Everyone has a guardian angel; some are said to have more than one. Everyone should have a devotion to their guardian angel to protect them from spiritual and physical dangers.
The Bible mentions guardian angels in the Book of Psalms: “He hath given His Angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest thy dash thy foot against a stone.” (Ps. 90:11) Our Lord Himself mentioned them in Matthew 18:10: “See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”
When we are in a state of grace, guardian angels are drawn to us like bees drawn to nectar in a flower. When we are in a state of sin, they are driven away like smoke drives away bugs. When asked they will run errands for us and join us in praising God.
There is a story whereby some pious persons sent their guardian angels to Padre Pio for assistance on a certain occasion, and that one morning he complained about the constant arrival of Guardian Angels with various petitions during the night, saying: “Those Guardian Angels didn’t let me sleep a moment last night!”
The Guardian Angel Prayer
“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.”
What Guardian Angels Do
•They put good thoughts into our minds, and move our will to what is good.
•They offer our prayers and good works to the Lord.
•They protect us from dangers both temporal and spiritual.
AT THE HOUR OF DEATH our Guardian Angel shows the greatest zeal in protecting and defending the soul committed to his care, invoking the assistance of other Angels against temptations and the rage of Satan and his demons. 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 the company of other good Angels.