Our Guardian Angel

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us about our guardian angel: “From infancy to death human life is surrounded by the angels’ watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.” (CCC 336). Pope Francis has spoken on the Church’s belief in Guardian Angels: “The doctrine on angels is not fantasist. No, it’s reality. According to Church tradition we all have an angel with us, who protects us and helps us understand things. How often have we heard ‘I should do this, I should not do this, that’s not right, be careful …’. So often! It is the voice of our travelling companion. We need to ask ourselves: “How is my relationship with my guardian angel? Do I listen to him? Do I say good morning to him? Do I ask him to watch over me when I sleep?’ No one journeys alone and no one should think that they are alone.” As we celebrate the feast of the Guardian Angel whom God has assigned to each one of us, his beloved sons and daughters, let us use the prayer that the Church has given us to confirm our faith in their existence and call on their protection and help: “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. Amen.”