Posted by: fvbcdm | October 2, 2013

Feast of the Guardian Angels (2 October 2013)

Today we celebrate our own guardian angels appointed by God to care for us throughout our lives. There is no doubt that the existence of the angels is an article of faith in our Catholic doctrine. There are the many good angels whom we read about in Scripture; there are the devils: angels who have rebelled against God and do what they can to alienate us from God as they themselves are alienated. Among the good angels, we have our own guardian angels assigned to us personally and individually to care for us and assist us in our way to heaven. These are the ones we celebrate today.

Unfortunately, among some people the notion of guardian angels is held to be a sort of pious and childish legend, like all those fat babies in the paintings of the renaissance who surround Our Lord and his Mother.  The angels are not fat babies at all; that was just the painters’ way of affirming their real existence and their total innocence.  They are actually intelligent beings with greater minds than ours, whom God gives us as companions along our way of life.

The opening prayer of today’s Mass says this: God our Father, in your loving providence you send your holy angels to watch over us. Hear our prayers, defend us always by their protection and let us share your life with them forever.

I’d like to remind you again of that important point of Christian doctrine called “the Communion of Saints.” That refers to the total community of intelligent beings united with God by grace and by love. This community includes the angels in heaven, including our own guardian angels, the human saints in heaven, all of us on earth who are in the state of grace, and those in purgatory who are in the process of being purified in preparation for entrance into heaven.  Our guardian angels are very desirous that we remain in this community of love of God and do what they can to keep us there.

Let us pray often to our guardian angels for their spiritual help and cooperate with their inspirations which lead us to God. We don’t often think of them as our good friends—perhaps even our BEST friends, but they certainly render us a very important service in the achievement of our eternal goal, probably more than our human friends who are sometimes more of a hindrance than a help in our pilgrimage to salvation. Let’s remember the old adage: show me your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are. If we make our guardian angels our true friends and influential comrades, they will lead us aright and make better people of us. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.

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