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Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

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Angel of God, my guardian dear
To whom God’s love commits me here
Ever this day be at my side
To light and guard, to rule and guide

As Catholic children, this is one of the very first prayers taught to us, a prayer in which we seek the intercession of our Guardian Angel. The belief that God has gifted each and every one of us with a Guardian Angel is a cherished tradition of our Faith. The Catechism (334) even reminds us that “The whole life of the church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of the Angels.” As our Pastor reminded us at Mass this morning, “for as many people that are at Mass this morning, there are just as many angels.” In light of the fact that I attend Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, I have no doubt that he too was on hand with the faithful, the great warrior Archangel watching over Jesus‘ flock. Just four days ago we celebrated the Archangels of our Church https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Daily-Mass-Reflections-929.

On this the day in which the Church commemorates the Memorial of The Holy Guardians Angels, it’s a good opportunity for each of us to step back and assess our personal relationship with our very dedicated and devoted assigned protector. As Catholics, we strive to know Jesus in this world so that we can be with him for eternity in the next. We venerate our Blessed Mother by way of the mysteries of the Holy Rosary while perhaps also partaking of a wide assortment of other Sacred Devotionals. On that note, I highly recommend reflecting upon the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady; the graces your will deceive are immeasurable https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Our-Lady-of-Sorrows. Many of us even have our favorite Saints with whom we spend quiet time in reflection. Yesterday for instance was the Feast Day of “The Little Flower of Jesus,” the wildly popular and beloved Saint Therese of Lisieux https://hubpages.com/literature/The-Marvelous-Intercession-of-Saint-Therese-and-Her-Little-Way, who promised on her deathbed, “I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens, I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.“ Saint Padre Pio made a similar vow, stating that he would ”wait at the gates of Heaven until all of his ‘Spiritual Children’ have entered.” https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Pray-Hope-Dont-Worryand-Expect-Miracles. But do we truly appreciate the gift of our Guardian Angel as well?

In his Daily Gospel Reflection this morning, Bishop Barron shares an interesting story. One afternoon, two relatively inexperienced pilots found themselves lost on a foggy day. They tried frantically to make contact with an airport, but were incapable of doing so After numerous attempts. Finally, one of them then prayed for protection. Suddenly a voice crackled onto the radio. The speaker identified himself as a controller from a small airport. Through very precise instructions, he guided the two pilots through the fog to a landing strip at that airport. Upon arrival, they went on to discover that the airport was closed and that there was no one on duty.

A bizarre coincidence?

A happy accident?

An episode from the Twilight Zone?

Perhaps they were being protected by their Guardian Angels. Maybe you know someone who has told a similar story.

The previously aforementioned Saint Padre Pio would often say “Invoke your Guardian Angel, and he will guide you.” Much like Saint Therese of Lisieux and many other great Saints of our Church, Saint Pio possessed a child-like faith that allowed him to be led and protected by his Guardian Angel as he wisely and fervently sought God’s will in every facet of his extraordinary life.

In the skeptical, oftentimes overly intellectualized world in which we live today, there are of course many who would scoff at the mere notion of a Guardian Angel, writing it off as being childish or straight out of a cliched Hollywood Movie Script. Our Gospel today however (Matthew 18:1-5, 10) says not so fast to all the naysayers.

“Amen I say to you, unless you turn and become like children you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” Jesus reminds us. Yet another example of how a life rooted in Faith requires one to walk the narrow path. https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Daily-Mass-Reflections-814.

So on a day when we acknowledge the presence of these precious guardians in our lives, let’s all take a moment to thank God for the gift of their perpetual presence and service to us while taking some time to begin to cultivate and enhance this critical relationship.

“Oh God, who in your unfathomable providence are pleased to send your holy Angels to guard us, hear our supplication as we cry to you, that we may always be defended by their protection and rejoice eternally in their company” ~ Amen

For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all his ways.” ~ Psalm 91:11