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The Guardian Angels

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  • October 2, 2012
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The feast of the ‘Guardian Angels’ is deeply imbedded in the Catholic tradition. It derives from various references in sacred scripture:
To his angels, he has given charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Upon their hands, they will bear you up lest you strike your foot against a stone. (Ps 90)
They are all spirits whose work is service, sent to those who will be the heirs of salvation. (Hebrews, 1)
Do not despise any of these little ones. For their angels in heaven always behold the face of my Father. (Matthew 18)
These few references and others too tell us many things. Firstly, that there exists a world of spirits, good as well as evil. Just as the devil and his angels are bent on leading us astray and wreaking evil and destruction everywhere, so too the good spirits, messengers of God (angel means ‘messenger’) are sent by God to protect us and guide us along ways of peace and harmony.

The belief that each one has a personal angel is just a graphic way of describing God’s personal care and love for each one of us. The devotion to one’s guardian angel then is our way of acknowledging God’s omnipresent and providential love.

Cynics may tend to be dismissive of such graphic descriptions of God’s care, and call them ‘childish’. Nevertheless, as we are continually discovering today, the universe is far more complex than we can imagine, that we human beings exist in continuity with all created matter, and that matter and energy are two forms of the same reality. We are indeed linked to the world of the spirits in ways we cannot fathom.

For what we call ‘God’ is both a mysterious and unnameable force, as well as the all too familiar face of a man called Jesus.
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