Happy Feast of the Guardian Angels!
I woke up this morning to news of the Las Vegas shooting tragedy and my heart really ached for the victims affected and their families.
In such crazy times like these, it is now important, more than ever, for us to develop a closer relationship with our Guardian Angels.
It is really sad how many people are oblivious to their Guardian Angels, let alone developing a relationship with them. Some people do not even believe in Guardian Angels.
From birth to death, every single human being has a Guardian Angel assigned to us by God, to protect us, bring us closer to God, intercede for us, and to guide us throughout our lives. Yet so many of us fail to acknowledge all that they do for us or even take a little time out to thank them.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church 336 says this about 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.
However, Guardian Angels is not just Catholic teaching; it is also Biblical
Psalm 91: 10-11 tells us about how our guardian angels have been assigned to God for our protection; and in Matthew 18:10, Jesus makes mention of them.
Developing a closer relationship with our Guardians Angel has many benefits for us including, amongst many other things, being more attuned to when they are guiding us away from danger.
We should talk to our Guardian Angels regularly, preferably not in the company of other people.
Our Guardian Angels are close to us and always hear us. Talk to them when you wake up in the morning, when you go to bed at night, and at other times in between.
You can talk to them informally like you would talk to a friend, or you can say a prayer to them.
The popular Catholic Guardian Angel prayer is as follows:
Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
to whom His love commits me here,
ever this day, be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide
This prayer should be learnt by us all and it is particularly important to teach them to our children. The prayer is one of the Essential Catholic Prayers That Every Child Should Learn Before Age 10.
Below is another beautiful prayer that can be recited in the mornings:
The Catholic Angels: In Catholic Teaching and Tradition is a very interesting and engaging book to know everything about the angels, and it has a very solid foundation in Scripture, tradition and Church teachings.
Angels For Kids provides fantastic information about angels, nd makes an enjoyable read for children as well as adults.
All About The Angels recounts real-life encounters that people have had with angels and much more!
You can read up Catholic teachings on our Guardian Angels HERE.
Want to know more about your guardian angel, if we should name and more importantly how we can connect with them and build a closer relationship with them to be more in tune with them when they are protecting or guiding us? Then, WATCH THIS.
Our Lady, Queen of Angels, pray for us.
ad Jesum per Mariam