God, in His merciful goodness and abundant love, assigned an angel to protect and help me as I stumble awkwardly towards Heaven. Furthermore, God has assigned a guardian angel to each person, which we know from both Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. “For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go,” states the psalmist (Ps 91:11-12). In the Gospels, Jesus notes, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father” (Matt 18:10). Countless saints, from St. Bernard of Clairvaux to St. John Vianney, have spoken about guardian angels. St. Pio of Pietrelcina, whose feast we celebrated recently, is well known for having a special relationship with his guardian angel.
Pope Francis has even spoken on the importance of guardian angels. In his homily on October 2, 2015, Pope Francis declared,
“He is always with us! And this is a reality. It’s like having God’s ambassador with us. And the Lord advises us: ‘Respect his presence!’ And when we, for example, commit a sin and believe that we’re on our own: No, he is there. Show respect for his presence. Listen to his voice because he gives us advice. When we hear that inspiration: ‘But do this…this is better…we should not do that.’ Listen! Do not go against him.”
Guardian angels are not cutesy, chubby, fictional greeting-card images; they are real, powerful, prayerful beings. My guardian angel is always present—yet, I often forget about this amazing reality. I neglect to think of my guardian angel and, instead, try to do things on my own. Does this make any sense? Why would I, a rational, semi-intelligent young woman—who needs all the help she can get—ignore an angelic being whose sole job is to help me? It doesn’t make sense. So, I am trying to remember my guardian angel. Nearly every single morning, my husband and I pray together, asking our guardian angels to be with us throughout the day. While this is a good practice, I need to continue this prayer as the hours pass by and I am faced with challenges, sorrows, and joys.
For hundreds of years, on October 2, the Catholic Church has celebrated the Feast of the Guardian Angels. Let’s celebrate this feast by talking with our angels—not just on the feast, but throughout each day of our lives.