Blessed feast of the Guardian Angels!
While they won’t shield us from the persistent, cold rain in the Eastern USA, they shield us from much else. Sometimes I think I have two of them. However, the given tradition is that we each have one. We won’t go into the speculative theology of all this! The Catholic Church does not place angels into an article of the Faith; however the belief in benevolent heavenly beings is quite ancient. In the Eastern Church tradition they are called, Bodiless Powers – or at least that is how it comes out in the English language.
Angel guardians appear several times in Scripture both old and new covenants. St Jerome, St Hilary and St Augustine mention these beings in their writings. There is someone – we think it may have been Pope St. John the 23rd who had a simple and profound faith in his own angelic guard. When faced with a particularly contentious meeting with other persons or groups, he would ask his angel to go to their angel(s) and work on smoothing out the issues so the meeting would be more helpful to all. Apparently it worked!
Here is a lovely old prayer to your Angel Guardian:
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits to me here,
be ever present at my side
to light, to guard, to rule, to guide.
“From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their (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 to God.”
– from the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 336.
MAY HE GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU!