“I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

For the Memorial of the Guardian Angels we read of Jesus referring to just such creatures (Mt 18:1-5, 10).  This is prompted by the disciples asking Jesus who is the greatest in heaven.  In reply, Jesus calls over a child and tells them they should become like children in humility to be great in the Kingdom.  They are to receive and not despise these little ones because of the fact relayed in the headline.  Hebrews 1:14 says: “Are they not all ministering spirits sent to serve, for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?”  The 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia goes on to say: “This is the function of the guardian angels; they are to lead us, if we wish it, to the Kingdom of Heaven.”  CCC 336 confirms Catholic belief in these angels.  Yet they are too little considered or employed these days.  Maybe we heard about them as children and dismissed them as a childish belief of made-up tale.  As we have just seen, this is far from the truth.  As our constant companions and ones who are perpetually in God’s presence, we should enlist their help often.  Asking for the intercession and protection of these “messengers” of God should be a daily part of our morning offering (“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. Amen.”)  Far from being childish these mighty and terrible beings are given to us for our help and protection and can be asked to intercede for loved ones to whom we wish to be granted their special care.  Guardian Angels, pray for your protégés.

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