Posted by: fvbcdm | October 2, 2015

Feast of the Guardian Angels (2 Oct 2015)

Today, as the Church celebrates the commemoration of our Guardian Angels, let us review briefly the place of the angels in our faith-life.

The Old Testament is full of allusions to the angels, for example, in the first reading of today’s Mass, God says to the Hebrews in the Book of Exodus: “See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way . . . My authority resides in him.”

The New Testament begins with angelic apparitions to the principal figures surrounding the incarnation. First, to Zachary, the father of Saint John the Baptist; then, to Our Lady at the beautiful moment of the annunciation, then to Saint Joseph, to assure him that his fiancee’s pregnancy is the work of God and he is to take her as his wife and be the guardian of her child. And then, finally, a whole host of angels singing and glorifying God in the night skies over Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’s birth.

During Our Lord’s public life, he warned his listeners not to despise children, for “their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.” “THEIR ANGELS.” What Our Lord is saying is that each person has an angel in heaven assigned to him by God’s love and providence. In the book of the Acts of the Apostles, when Saint Peter was miraculously freed from his dungeon by an angel and appeared at the home of Mary, the mother of Saint Mark, those inside found it incredible and said, “It must be his angel.” Even then, it was recognized that each of us has an angel representative in heaven.

Not only can we, and should we, pray to our own Guardian Angels for their help and protection in this life, but we can also pray to the angels of those we love for THEIR well-being. It is an ancient Irish custom for parents to ask the angels of their children to watch over and guide their children in the ways of godliness. When we get to heaven, we will learn how much our Guardian Angels have done for us in this world. We might be very much surprised what might have happened, or not happened, but for the protection of our angels. From my earliest childhood, I have daily recited the little prayer in verse: 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. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God Bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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