Memorial of the Guardian Angels - 2nd October 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

I will send My angel, who shall go before thee, and keep thee in thy journey: and bring thee into the place that I have prepared (Exod. 23:20).1 
Holy angels, our guardians, defend us in battle that we may not perish in the dreadful judgment (Vespers).
Although the angel who abides before God with perpetual attention toward us is witness to our every word and act, he cannot know our thoughts unless we manifest them. God alone has entrance to the sanctuary of our soul.3 Our angel presents good suggestions to our senses and imagination to strengthen our faith and increase our charity.

The care with which God provides angelic guardians for our benefit and yet does not violate by their presence the dignity of our human nature should lead us to great respect for our own souls and for the souls of others. Toward those entrusted to our guidance we should manifest the same regard as that shown by God. Aware of the infinite worth of each soul and of its possibilities for union with God by divine grace, we should, in the manner of the angelic guardians, look upon each one with respect for God's presence within his soul. Let us examine the motives in our relationship with the souls to whom our apostolic vocation calls us. Let us ask ourselves whether our words and actions toward them merit the approval of their guardian angels.

"See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father who is in heaven."
Many see references to guardian angels in Genesis 28-29, Exodus 12-13, Psalm 90:11, and Matthew 18:10 of the Bible.
Blessed Feast of the Guardian Angels.