A Heartfelt Shout Out to My Own Personal Guardian Angel
I do not know his name. I cannot see him. He has often been with me without me realizing it. Other times I have felt his presence and in retrospective he has seen me through in very difficult situations. I refer to him as my personal Holy Guardian Angel. Thursday September 29 we celebrated the Feast of the Archangels and today we celebrate the Feast of The Guardian Angels. Also a prayerful and celebratory time. We live in an uber materialistic age where people refuse to take responsibility for their own actions but demand apologies and reparation for atrocities they never experienced, from people who never committed them. They like to cancel art, ideas, symbols, language, and history they don’t agree with. We have a secular media and legacy media I refer to as the New Pharisees, because they would easily crucify Pope Francis for doing what Jesus did 2000 years ago. Hence, it is easy to dismiss prayer and angels as medieval superstition, something unimportant to our faith. But this would be a denial of God’s design.
Skeptics have difficulty believing in miracles or saints, even though the Church uses the scientific method to validate both. Cynics and the illuminati like the New York Times & Washington Post will simply dismiss it all as rubbish. The New York Times going as far as stating that prayer may be hazardous to your health. So the Angel Concept may be even harder for others to accept. So are Angels real? Or are angles simply a man-made construct? How do we know they exist? What is the difference between Archangels and Guardian Angels
An Angel is a pure spirit created by God. Discreet but ever faithful, the angels play a vital role in God’s plan for our lives. Created as spiritual beings who mediate between us and God, angels serve as our constant companions, advisers, and protectors, watching over us while standing before God’s throne in Heaven. If you doubt the existence of guardian angels, but, believe in the Bible as the final authority, it should be noted that Jesus made reference to guardian angels in Matthew 18:10. He said once, which is believed to be a reference to children, that “their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” He alone “hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto: whom no man hath seen, nor can see (1 Timothy 6:16). The Old Testament refers to Angels as well: Cherubim at entrance to Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:24. Appearing to Abraham, Genesis 18:1-33, Saved Lot and his family, Genesis 19:1-22, Intervened with Isaac, Genesis 22:11-18, Heavenly vision of Jacob’s Ladder, Genesis 28:12, Accompanied Israel through the desert, Exodus 23:20 And Numbers 20:16 plus several other references found in the New Testament.
St. Augustine differentiates between an angel’s nature and his responsibility: Angel is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit’; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel’: from what they are, ‘spirit,’ from what they do, ‘angel.'” In other words, the office of the angels is one of mission, as messengers of God, while their nature is defined as non-physical, personal spiritual beings created by God. The Church teaches that angels: “With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven’ they are the mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word'” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 329; Mt 18:10).
The Bible says there are nine choirs of angels, each with a name and a purpose. The Bible also recognizes seven archangels, although just three are known by name, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Whereas Archangels are recognized as leaders, God has assigned a Guardian Angel to each of us – an angel for our very own. John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” As we reflect upon them our Guardian Angels , we are drawn toward a deeper and clearer understanding of God’s love for man; for billions of angels, to be sure, are given the personal charge of looking after God’s children.
In the words of C. Austin Miles: ” I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses, And the voice I hear falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses… And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own, And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other, has ever, known! He speaks and the sound of His voice, Is so sweet the birds hush their singing, And the melody that he gave to me, Within my heart is ringing . . .
You may recall that an angel was at Christ’s side in the Garden of Gethsemane, and an angel delivered Saint Peter from prison. The Fathers of the early Church wrote prolifically about the dense realm of the spirit inhabited by angels. The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes that the angels belong to Christ. “They are his angels” (CCC #331). The Catechism also quotes Saint Basil, “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life” (CCC #336).
The Church teaches that Angels are the protectors against demons, their fallen counterparts. Demons want to sow corruption, sin and evil, and lead you down a destructive path. Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar suggested we can follow one of two paths: The ego-drama path, or the theo-drama path. In the ego-drama, we write, produce and start in the drama. In the theo-drama, we are merely as upporting cast in a drama written and produced by God. The Church teaches that guardian angels are responsible for physically saving people on earth. There have been numerous stories, for example, of people being rescued from harmful situations by mysterious strangers who disappear without a trace. While Catholic Online has a number of anecdotes related to angel activities, Church tradition documents saints who walked with Saints, such as Saint Isidore and Saint Germaine.
Job Versus Steve Jobs If you are the New York Times, The Washington Post or Steve Jobs, you may ask. If Guardian Angels are the protectors against corruption, sin and evil, why is it corruption and evil is all around us: There is the War in Ukraine, the Pakistani Floods, Hurricane Ian and so on and so forth, also referred to as when bad things happen to good people. That is the crux of the matter: It is a mater of perspective. Even after Job had lost everything instead of cursing Good, he exclaimed: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21). Perhaps Burt F. Bacharach was having a Job Moment when he wrote: Raindrops are falling on my head: Raindrops ae falling on my head And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed Nothing seems to fit Those raindrops are falling on my head, they keep falling… So I just did me some talking to the sun And I said I didn’t like the way he got things done Sleeping on the job Those raindrops are falling on my head, they keep falling… But there’s one thing I know The blues they send to meet me Won’t defeat me, it won’t be long
Till happiness steps up to greet me..” Job answered the LORD and said: I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be hindered. I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know. I had heard of you by word of mouth, but now my eye has seen you. Therefore I disown what I have said, and repent in dust and ashes. Thus the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his earlier ones ( JB 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17 ). No wonder empirically, anecdotally and scientifically, we are a happy bunch! We claim a personal Guardian Angel!