My Guardian Angel News for 01-23-2018

Cinta Laura – Guardian Angel

Apologetics Press

Though Scripture never uses the term “Guardian angel,” millions of Bible believers through the centuries have professed their conviction in such a classification of angels. In the third century A.D., Origen wrote that “Each one of us, even to the ‘least’ who are in the church of God” has “a good angel, an angel of the LORD, who guides, warns and governs”. Merriam-Webster defines “Guardian angel” as “An angel believed to have special care of a particular individual”. Popularly speaking, if a person googles the phrase “My guardian angel saved/helped,” he will discover thousands of articles or posts where people avow that their personal guardian angels have saved them from certain death, or helped them escape some serious calamity. Although religionists have defined guardian angels in a variety of ways in the past, since Catholics claim these angels “Are a development of Catholic doctrine and piety based on Scripture”, it is appropriate to consider how they define these angels. According to AmericanCatholic.org, a guardian angel is “An angel assigned to guide and nurture each human being”. Are we to think that Pharaoh and Herod had guardian angels when they butchered myriads of innocent children? And what about the wicked Jezebel, who “Massacred the prophets of the LORD”, or the multi-million-man-murderer Hitler? Are we to think that God provided each of them with a special angel to “Benefit” and “Aid” him/her? The very thought is absurd, not to mention foreign to Scripture. Not only are angels merely interested in the salvation of men and involved in the spiritual realm transporting the souls of the dead into paradise, they also work in God’s overall providential care of His people as “Ministering spirits.” In the context of exalting Christ above God’s angelic heavenly hosts, the writer of Hebrews rhetorically asked: “But to which of the angels has He ever said: ‘Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool’? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”. Second, even if “The angel of the LORD” in this passage does not refer to the preincarnate Christ, “Guardian angel” advocates still cannot find proof of their doctrine here. Even the scholarly J.W. McGarvey, who endorsed to some extent the idea of “Guardian angels”, admitted in his commentary on Acts that those meeting at Mary’s house “Undoubtedly had allusion to the popular superstition of their day, that a man’s guardian angel sometimes assumed his form”. Though Peter Davids questioned the doctrine and popular definition of guardian angels, he noted: “Matthew [18:10-EL] makes the only clear reference to ‘guardian’ angels”. Since Jesus spoke of “their angels,” allegedly He was implying that children have “guardian angels. Even if one were to ignore the overall context of Matthew 18 in an attempt to force the popular “guardian-angel” slant on verse 10, still the plural possessive pronoun “their” angels scarcely supports the idea that God assigns one angel for each and every child or believer on Earth. As R.C.H. Lenski noted, God “often assigns individual angels for special duties”, but that does not mean that each person has his or her own angel. CONCLUSION. Rather than be infatuated with whether or not each person on Earth has his or her own guardian angel; rather than conjure up all sorts of reasons why we might like the idea of a guardian angel; rather than celebrate a “Feast of the Guardian Angels” or call ourselves “Guardian Angels Churches,” etc.

Keywords: [“angel”,”God”,”Guardian”]
Source: http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=3576

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Feast of Guardian Angels

Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. Includes the Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa, Bible and more – all for only $19.99…. This feast, like many others, was local before it was placed in the Roman calendar. It was not one of the feasts retained in the Pian breviary, published in 1568; but among the earliest petitions from particular churches to be allowed, as a supplement to this breviary, the canonical celebration of local feasts, was a request from Cordova in 1579 for permission to have a feast in honour of the guardian angels. Bäumer, who makes this statement on the authority of original documents published by Dr. Schmid, adds on the same authority that “Toledo sent to Rome a rich proprium and received the desired authorization for all the Offices contained in it, Valencia also obtained the approbation in February, 1582, for special Offices of the Blood of Christ and the Guardian Angels.” “So far the feast of Guardian Angels remained local. Paul V placed it among the feasts of the general calendar as a double”ad libitum”. “Paul V”, he writes, “gave an impetus to the veneration of Guardian Angels by the authorization of a feast and proper office in their honour. At the request of Ferdinand of Austria, afterwards emperor, he made them obligatory in all regions subject to the Imperial power; to all other places he conceded them ad libitum, to be celebrated on the first available day after the Feast of the Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel. It is believed that the new feast was intended to be a kind of supplement to the Feast of St. Michael, since the Church honoured on that day the memory of all the angels as well as the memory of St. Michael. Among the numerous changes made in the calendar by Clement X was the elevation of the Feast of Guardian Angels to the rank of an obligatory double for the whole Church to be kept on 2 October, this being the first unoccupied day after the feast of St. Michael. In the collect of the third Mass the intercessory power of saints and angels is alike appealed to. These extracts make it plain that the substantial idea which underlies the modern feast of Guardian Angels was officially expressed in the early liturgies. In the “Horologium magnum” of the Greeks there is a proper Office of Guardian Angels entitled “A supplicatory canon to man’s Guardian Angel composed by John the Monk”, which contains a clear expression of belief in the doctrine that a guardian angel is assigned to each individual. For 2 October there is a proper Office in the Roman Breviary and a proper Mass in the Roman Missal, which contains all the choice extracts from Sacred Scripture bearing on the three-fold office of the angels, to praise God, to act as His messengers, and to watch over mortal men. “Let us praise the Lord whom the Angels praise, whom the Cherubim and Seraphim proclaim Holy, Holy, Holy”. The Gospel of the Mass includes that pointed text from St. Matthew 18:10: “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. ” Although 2 October has been fixed for this feast in the Roman calendar, it is kept, by papal privilege, in Germany and many other places on the first Sunday of September, and is celebrated with special solemnity and generally with an octave.

Keywords: [“Angel”,”feast”,”guardian”]
Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07050a.htm

My Guardian Angel News for 01-22-2018

Woman Who Claims to Have Visited Heaven Describes Phillip and Rylan’s Guardian Angels | This Morning

My Guardian Angel News for 01-11-2018

Sound familiar? Such scenarios are commonly reported by people who believe that their guardian angels are protecting them. Guardian angels may protect you from harm either by rescuing you from danger or preventing you from entering a dangerous situation. God often does send guardian angels to protect people in danger, whenever doing so won’t interfere with either human free will or God’s purposes. Some major religious texts say that guardian angels wait for God’s commands to go on missions to protect people. The Torah and the Bible declare in Psalm 91:11 that God “Will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.” The Qur’an says that “For each person, there are angels in succession, before and behind him: They guard him by command of Allah [God]”. It may be possible to invite guardian angels into your life through prayer whenever you’re facing a dangerous situation. The key to receiving help from guardian angels is to ask for it, writes Doreen Virtue in her book My Guardian Angel: True Stories of Angelic Encounters from Woman’s World Magazine Readers: “Because we have free will, we must request help from God and the angels before they can intervene. It doesn’t matter how we ask for their aid, whether as a prayer, a plea, an affirmation, a letter, a song, a demand, or even as worries. What matters is that we ask.” Guardian angels are always working behind the scenes in your life to protect you from evil. Guardian angels may work under the supervision of archangels Michael and Barachiel. In verse 20, God tells the Hebrew people: “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” God goes on to say in Exodus 23:21-26 that if the Hebrew people follow the angel’s guidance to refuse to worship pagan gods and to demolish pagan people’s sacred stones, God will bless the Hebrews who are faithful to him and the guardian angel he has appointed to protect them from spiritual defilement. Guardian angels also work to protect you from physical danger, if doing so would help accomplish God’s purposes for your life. Another dramatic rescue by a guardian angel occurs in Acts chapter 12 of the Bible, when the apostle Peter, who had been wrongly imprisoned, is awakened in his cell by an angel who causes the chains to fall off Peter’s wrists and leads him out of the prison to freedom. Many people believe that guardian angels are especially close to children, since children don’t know as much as adults do about how to protect themselves from dangerous situations, so they naturally need more help from guardians. In the introduction to Guardian Angels: Connecting with Our Spirit Guides and Helpers by Rudolf Steiner, Margaret Jonas writes that “The guardian angels stand back somewhat with respect to adults and their protective watch over us becomes less automatic. As adults we now have to raise our consciousness to a spiritual level, befitting an angel, and are no longer protected in the same way as in childhood.” A famous passage in the Bible about children’s guardian angels is Matthew 18:10, in which Jesus Christ tells his disciples: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” ‘Guardian angel’ need for advisers in Afghanistan drives call for more troops. “We’re there in the background if anything happens,” said ranger Riley Tolliday, describing his job as a “Guardian angel” escorting advisers to meetings around the Afghan capital.

Keywords: [“Angel”,”guardian”,”adviser”]
Source: http://www.myguardianangel.com/my-guardian-angel-news-for-01-11-2018-2

Guardian Angel owner far from angelic

The man behind Guardian Angel Service Dogs has had his share of legal problems in his home state of Virginia, and a barrage of comments online raised questions about his organization following the publication of a story last week. “Dan Warren, president of both Warren Enterprises LLC and Guardian Angel Service Dogs, did not respond to several messages left for him regarding information that he was found guilty on seven charges of”uttering” and seven charges of “false statement to obtain credit. The McLeods sought a declaratory judgment two weeks ago in Jefferson County asking to sever ties with Guardian Angel Service Dogs after Warren sent a letter through his attorney, John Anderson, asking for all the money the McLeods raised at their fundraiser in February. The family paid $20,000 for the dog, referred to as a Diabetic Alert Dog, which is supposed to be able to sense changes in a person’s blood sugar. Warren stated in his press release on his Guardian Angel Web site that, “While time and space do not permit the correction of all of the misstatements” in The Examiner article written last Thursday, July 12, “Guardian Angel Service Dogs Inc. wants to make it very clear that Warren Enterprises LLC is not affiliated with Guardian Angel in any manner and does not ‘own’ Guardian Angel.” While Warren Enterprises LLC might not “Own” Guardian Angel Service Dogs, a Charles Warren Jr. is listed as the owner of Warren Enterprises LLC, which coincidentally has the same physical address as Warren Retrievers, 15216 Rockford Road in Montpelier, Va. Warren also uses P.O. Boxes in Orange, Va., and Montpelier as contact information on his Web sites as well. On the Warren Retrievers Web site, it mentions that Guardian Angel Service Dogs is “a fully incorporated 501(c)3 organization and is the philanthropic arm of Warren Retrievers and Diabetic Alert Dogs by Warren Retrievers.” According to the Internal Revenue Service, Guardian Angel Service Dogs, which was incorporated in October 2010 and granted tax exempt status in April 2011, has still not filed its 990 with the IRS after it was due May 15, 2012. Carol Borden, executive director of Guardian Angel Medical Alert Dogs, a service dog provider based in Florida, also has a beef with Warren over the use of the name Guardian Angel Service Dogs. Dr. Larry Myers, a canine scent expert and professor at the University of Auburn, has more than 30 years of experience studying dogs’ scent detection abilities and is skeptical of dogs being able to sense changes in a person’s blood sugar – period. Most dog trainers prefer one to two years of training by a certified dog trainer before a dog is ready to be placed with a diabetic. While there’s still no guarantee the dog and the person will work together, in most cases, the dog at 2 years old is much better prepared to scent detect than a dog that is dropped off with a family at 3 months old, as is the case with dogs from Guardian Angel Service Dogs. Guardian Angel sends the dog to the family or person at 3 months old and a pair of trainers spend a week with the family and the dog, training the dog and teaching the family how to train the dog. Ryan McLeod said he understands there was training that needed to be done when his family received Gunner, but he was also told that his dog was going to alert, which the dog really hasn’t done in the two months he’s been with the McLeods. He and his wife continue to work with the dog but are growing frustrated and simply want to end this situation with Guardian Angel and move on.

Keywords: [“dog”,”Warren”,”train”]
Source: http://theexaminer.com/stories/news/guardian-angel-owner-far-angelic

My Guardian Angel News for 01-22-2018

Pepito Manaloto: Sino si guardian angel?

ARCHANGELS

The Eighth Choir – The Archangels, The seven angels that stood before God in Revelations are considered to be the Archangels. In later Jewish literature the names of angels were considered to have a peculiar efficacy, and the British Museum possesses some magic bowls inscribed with Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac incantations in which the names of Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel occur. Gabriel is generally termed only an archangel, but the expression used by St. Raphael, “I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord” and St. Gabriel’s own words, “I am Gabriel, who stand before God”, have led some to think that these angels must belong to the highest rank; but this is generally explained as referring to their rank as the highest of God’s messengers, and not as placing them among the Seraphim and Cherubim. Apart from Michael, Gabriel is the only other Angel mentioned by Name in the Old Testament. St. Michael is one of the principal angels; his name was the war-cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against the enemy and his followers. Daniel 12, the Angel speaking of the end of the world and the Antichrist says: “At that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who standeth for the children of thy people.” Place St. Michael over all the angels; they say he is called “Archangel” because he is the prince of the other angels; others believe that he is the prince of the seraphim, the first of the nine angelic orders. Michael is considered to be the angel of the burning bush through which God spoke to Moses, and has also appeared in the book of Daniel, where God states him as being the highest within the angelic ranks. According to Louis Ginzberg in The Legends of the Jews, Vol.2, p.303, “The Fire that Moses saw in the burning bush had the appearance of Michael, who had descended from Heaven as the forerunner of the Shekinah.” In the Book of Revelation 20:1, it is commonly thought that Michael is the “Angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.” He is usually depicted wearing armor or chain mail and an unsheathed Sword, signifying his role as God’s champion. In Christian tradition, Uriel is also the Angel of Music, The Angel of Poetry and the Angel of Prophecy. Prince of the Archangels and ruler of the Friday angels. In Genesis 28-29, angels not only act as the executors of God’s wrath against the cities of the plain, but they deliver Lot from danger; in Exodus 12-13, an angel is the appointed leader of the host of Israel, and in 32:34, God says to Moses: “My angel shall go before thee.” At a much later period we have the story of Tobias, which might serve for a commentary on the words of Psalm 90:11: “For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways.” Lastly, in Daniel 10 angels are entrusted with the care of particular districts; one is called “Prince of the kingdom of the Persians”, and Michael is termed “One of the chief princes”; cf. Angels are everywhere the intermediaries between God and man; and Christ set a seal upon the Old Testament teaching: “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.” A twofold aspect of the doctrine is here put before us: even little children have guardian angels, and these same angels lose not the vision of God by the fact that they have a mission to fulfil on earth. Without dwelling on the various passages in the New Testament where the doctrine of guardian angels is suggested, it may suffice to mention the angel who succoured Christ in the garden, and the angel who delivered St. Peter from prison.

Keywords: [“angel”,”Michael”,”St.”]
Source: http://www.greatdreams.com/archangels.htm

Angelology: The Doctrine of Angels

The bookstores abound with books on angels and many claim encounters with angels. The Origin, Nature, and Number of Angels Angels Are Created Beings The Fact of Their Creation That angels are created beings and not the spirits of departed or glorified human beings is brought out in Psalm 148. Angels Are Spirit Beings Statements like, “The angels which are in heaven” and “An angel from heaven” suggest that angels have fixed abodes or centers for their activities. These are the elect angels in contrast to the evil angels who followed Satan in his rebellion against God.17. Further, 2 Peter 2:11 reads, “whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.” The only question here is who is being compared? The major subject of the context is that of the false teachers due to verse 10, some believe the comparison is being made between the “angelic majesties” of verse 10, good angels and evil angels. “25. The Classifications of Angels Paul Enns provides us with an excellent overview of most of the various rankings or classifications of the organized angelic world. Angels who are governmental rulers. Ephesians 6:12 refers to”ranking of fallen angels”: rulers are “those who are first or high in rank”; powers are “those invested with authority”; world-forces of this darkness “expresses the power or authority which they exercise over the world”; spiritual forces of wickedness describes the wicked spirits, “expressing their character and nature. “28. Three other classification of angels remain:. 1. Elect Angels: In 1 Timothy 5:21, Paul speaks of”the elect angels. Special Angels Angels Associated With the Tribulation In Revelation a number of angels are specifically associated with certain judgments that will be poured out on the earth like the seven trumpets and the seven last plagues. The question may be asked, if we are not to worship the angels, or in any way pray to them, what is the value of the doctrine that they are “ministering spirits”? In answer we can say at least that the Scriptural teaching in regard to the ministry of the angels is a beautiful enrichment of our conception of God’s government of the world. In relation to His resurrection, an angel rolled away the stone from the tomb, angels announced His resurrection to the women on Easter morning, and angels were present at His ascension and gave instruction to the disciples. Of course, the ministry of angels occurred at other times, but the question naturally arises, especially in view of our present day fascination with angels, is there biblical evidence these varied ministries of angels continue to function in the present age of the church? Just as people usually do not think of the punitive ministry of angels, so people, in their popular ideas about angels, often ignore the Scripture’s teaching about the deception of Satan’s evil angels. Much of how society thinks today in its enchantment with angels is clearly a product of his masquerade as an angel of light with his angels who also disguise themselves in keeping with his purposes. What about the fallen angels? Evidently, there was a time of grace and testing for the angels before Satan’s fall, but they now remain confirmed in their fallen state just as those who die without Christ will remain in their fallen state to face the Great White Throne Judgment and eternal separation from God. The book of Revelation, a book filled with references to angels, gives us the end result-the final defeat of sin, death, and Satan with his fallen angels, and with paradise regained.

Keywords: [“angel”,”God”,”Satan”]
Source: https://bible.org/article/angelology-doctrine-angels

My Guardian Angel News for 01-21-2018

How to Meet Your Guardian Angel

Guardian Angels in Afghanistan – Foreign Policy

An increase in Afghan security forces attacking their NATO counterparts – or what have been called “Green on blue” incidents – is prompting the U.S. military to implement a host of new safeguards, top Pentagon officials announced Tuesday, Aug. 14. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force will increase intelligence and counterintelligence efforts aimed at stopping attacks before they occur, establish forensic teams that will analyze attacks, improve the vetting process for Afghan security forces, and require that a NATO service member, dubbed a “Guardian angel,” observe any gathering of NATO and Afghan troops. The guardian angel will “Watch people’s backs and hopefully identify people that would be involved in those attacks,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters during an Aug. 14 briefing at the Pentagon. There have been 27 green-on-blue incidents so far in 2012, which have led to 37 deaths, according to ISAF. There have been several such attacks in the last week, killing three NATO troops and wounding two. “General Allen is meeting with the [Afghan] security minister to talk about further steps to take in order to protect against these attacks, and he’s also meeting with the village elders,” said Panetta. At the briefing, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that, as part of his upcoming tour of the Middle East, he will travel to Kabul next week to talk with Allen about how to protect against what he called an “Insider attack threat.” “I think you’ll hear us start talking about these incidents more as ‘insider attack’ rather than ‘green on blue’ because that understates the effect this is having on the ANSF itself. They’re suffering casualties from the same trend that we’re suffering” from, said Dempsey. Allen will also meet with all his one-star generals in Afghanistan to discuss ways to end the attacks. Afghan defense officials will hold a summit to discuss how to fight the problem. Dempsey noted that the Afghan security forces have “Discharged hundreds of soldiers who did indicate that some of these young men had the capability to be radicalized.” These soldiers were known to have consumed terrorist propaganda or frequently traveled back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to Dempsey. The attacks may cause ISAF to increase the ratio of NATO mentors to Afghan troops being trained, according to Maj. Gen. Tod Wolters, who was in charge of the Air Force’s presence in Afghanistan from May 2011 until May 2012. While “99.9 percent” of coalition troops and Afghan security forces share a high level of trust, “It just takes one green-on-blue incident where some yo-yo goes off and does something stupid, and now you start to levy some uncertainty on that trust that was established,” Wolters said in an Aug. 14 talk at the Air Force Association. The model Wolters referred to is the coalition’s plan to shift from counterinsurgency warfare, in which NATO troops lead combat missions, toward supporting Afghan troops who lead and conduct missions. “Any time you have one of these green-on-blue incidents, as you can well imagine, you’re probably a little less prone to have one coalition member support 50 Afghan security members. You might be in a position where you desire to have five or six coalition members,” said Wolters, noting that these were examples, not the actual ratios. While Panetta did say that the Taliban has begun to use insider attacks to hit NATO forces with increasing frequency, he was quick to point out that there are multiple kinds of attackers. “Some of it is individuals who for one reason or another are upset and suddenly take it out” on NATO troops; other attacks are conducted by “Self-radicalized” Afghans with no ties to the Taliban or by insurgent groups that have infiltrated the Afghan security forces.

Keywords: [“attack”,”Afghan”,”Force”]
Source: http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/08/14/guardian-angels-in-afghanistan

CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Guardian Angels

Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. Includes the Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa, Bible and more – all for only $19.99…. That every individual soul has a guardian angel has never been defined by the Church, and is not an article of faith; but it is the “Mind of the Church”, as St. Jerome expressed it: “How great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it.” This belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch, and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and Assyrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an Assyrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: “He sent a tutelary deity of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed.” In the Bible this doctrine is clearly discernible and its development is well marked. In Genesis 28-29, angels not only act as the executors of God’s wrath against the cities of the plain, but they deliver Lot from danger; in Exodus 12-13, an angel is the appointed leader of the host of Israel, and in 32:34, God says to Moses: “My angel shall go before thee.” At a much later period we have the story of Tobias, which might serve for a commentary on the words of Psalm 90:11: “For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways.” Lastly, in Daniel 10 angels are entrusted with the care of particular districts; one is called “Prince of the kingdom of the Persians”, and Michael is termed “One of the chief princes”; cf. This sums up the Old Testament doctrine on the point; it is clear that the Old Testament conceived of God’s angels as His ministers who carried out his behests, and who were at times given special commissions, regarding men and mundane affairs. There is no special teaching; the doctrine is rather taken for granted than expressly laid down; cf. In the New Testament the doctrine is stated with greater precision. Angels are everywhere the intermediaries between God and man; and Christ set a seal upon the Old Testament teaching: “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.” A twofold aspect of the doctrine is here put before us: even little children have guardian angels, and these same angels lose not the vision of God by the fact that they have a mission to fulfil on earth. Without dwelling on the various passages in the New Testament where the doctrine of guardian angels is suggested, it may suffice to mention the angel who succoured Christ in the garden, and the angel who delivered St. Peter from prison. Hebrews 1:14 puts the doctrine in its clearest light: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them, who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?” This is the function of the guardian angels; they are to lead us, if we wish it, to the Kingdom of Heaven. St. Thomas teaches us that only the lowest orders of angels are sent to men, and consequently that they alone are our guardians, though Scotus and Durandus would rather say that any of the members of the angelic host may be sent to execute the Divine commands. Not only the baptized, but every soul that cometh into the world receives a guardian spirit; St. Basil and possibly St. Chrysostom would hold that only Christians were so privileged. Our guardian angels can act upon our senses and upon our imaginations – not upon our wills, except “Per modum suadentis”, viz.

Keywords: [“angel”,”guardian”,”doctrine”]
Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07049c.htm

My Guardian Angel News for 01-21-2018

How To : Feel Your Guardian Angel NOW

21a. Our Guardian Angels – Catholic Teaching

In the words of the psalmist we find, not only a clear assertion of the fact that the guardianship of men has been entrusted to the holy angels, but the motive also for so loving a dispensation – man’s frailty and the dangers to which he is exposed. These might of themselves have moved the good angels to sympathize with us, especially when we bear in mind tha tthe main source of danger to us is the warefare which the fallen angels cease not to wage against us. As a matter of fact, it is in fulfilment of a sacred trust confided to them by our common Creator, that our guardian angels surround us everywhere with their powerful protection. For there the psalmist asserts, quite universally, that “He who dwelleth in the aid of the Most High, shall abide in the protection of the God of Jacob,” of which protection the guardianship of the holy angels is a singular instance. This, if we confine ourselves to the general statement that by the ineffable providence of God, the angels have been deputed to guard men on their pathway through life, it is, as Suarez says, a doctrine of faith, for it is expressly contained in Holy Scripture. If, going a setp further, we assert that each individual of the human race has a guardian angel appointed to watch over him from birth, we are still enunciating a Catholic belief, not indeed contained explicitly in Holy Writ, nor defined by the Church as an article of faith, but so universally received and with such solid foundation in Holy Scripture, as interpreted by the Fathers, that it cannot without great rashness be called into question. Certainly our Divine Lord says, speaking of little children, “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.” And Saint Jerome, commenting on these words, infers from them the great dignity of our souls, seeing that each has from birth an angel deputed to watch over it. Another passage of Holy Writ, which the Fathers quote to prove that we have each our guardian angel, is that wherein Jason, in blessing the sons of Joseph, says, “The angel that delivered me from all evils, bless these boys.” In their comments on this test, and on those previously quoted, Catholic interpreters are quite at one. The texts all alike imply the doctrine universally received in the Church to the effect that not only are angels commissioned in a general way to guard makind, but as Saint Anselm says, “Every soul, at the moment when it is infused into the body, is entrusted to the keeping of an angel.” Admitting that each individual is provided with a guardian angel, it might still be questioned whether the same angel may nbot be at once the guardian of two or more. There have been some who would have restricted this salutary guardianship of the angels to those who are destined one day to share with them the happiness of heaven, or to tohse oat least who are in the state of grace. Common opinion of Catholic theologians, basing their views on the concordant languate of the Fathers, assigns a guardian angel indiscriminately to just man and sinner, to believer and unbeliever, to Christian and heathen alike. For God denies to no man sufficient help to save his soul and in the actual order of divine Providence, the guardianship of the holy angels is one of the elements which go to make up that sufficient help. Just as the angels guard those who have never had faith or sanctifying grace, so too, they continue their guardianship over those who have lost the faith or have fallen away from grace. Why should not the good angels solicit the sinner and by holy inspirations and illuminations seek to bring about his return to God, or at least prevent him from sinking to even lower depths of sin? Either result would be apt to contribute greatly to the welfare of the just, by removing from them to a greater or less degree the bad example of the wicked, which often has so baneful an influence on the lives of others.

Keywords: [“angel”,”holy”,”God”]
Source: https://theholyangels.wordpress.com/our-guardian-angels-catholic…

Our Guardian Angels

An article about Guardian Angels and how this belief is supported by Scripture, reason and the traditional and unanimous teaching of the Fathers. One of the most consoling doctrines of Scripture is that of the guardianship of angels; the doctrine which teaches that man in this world is guided and protected by invisible beings called angels. Scripture openly teaches that among the angels there are those deputed by God to keep watch over men. St. Bernard says: ” Wonderful condescension! and truly great love! He has given His angels a charge over thee, to guard thee in all thy ways. What is man, O God, that Thou shouldst thus be mindful of him! What reverence, devotion, and confidence, should this word inspire in us!” Again, Christ Himself in the gospel charges us not to scandalize little ones, because “Their angels always see the face of the Father.” St. Jerome commenting on these words says: “Great is the dignity of the human soul, since each one of them has from the very outset of his life an Angel deputed to safeguard him.” Finally, the apostle openly declares that the angels are ministering spirits sent by God, to keep watch over men who are destined for heaven: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?” These words are commonly understood not only of the elect, but of all who are destined for salvation. ” Because we are His children,” says Father Oliver, “He appoints to us as tutors the princes of His realm, who hold it an honor to have us in their charge. Because we are His members. He wills that those very spirits that minister unto Him be also at our side to render us their services. Because we are His temples in which He Himself dwells. He wills that Angels hover about us as they do about our churches, so that bowed down in worship before Him they may offer a perpetual homage to His glory, supplying for our neglect and making reparation for our irreverence.” Father Olier goes on to say that God wishes to unite intimately through the agency of His Angels the Church Triumphant and the Church Militant: “He sends this mysterious host of Angels in order that they may by uniting themselves to us and binding us to themselves form one body of the Church of heaven and the Church of earth.” This doctrine has also been confirmed by the Church in the institution of a feast in honor of the Guardian Angels. In these festivities the angels were not only honored, but also invoked as our guardians and helpers. Thus in the prayer of the feast of St. Michael we say: “O God … mercifully grant that as Thy holy angels always do Thee service in heaven, so by Thy appointment, they may succor and defend us on earth.” In the Church there has always been the persuasion that we are guarded and defended by the Holy Angels. The same is commonly asserted for sinners and for those not of the faith; for Christ died for all, even for those not of the faith, and merited for all the means of salvation; and one of these means, in the present dispensation, is the guardianship of angels: hence not only the faithful who are Just, but also sinners and those not of the faith, have each an angel guardian. The Doctors hold most probably that there is a special angel guardian for the Church, namely St. Michael. With regard to the body the angel guardian averts from us exterior evils, or if we have already fallen into them, he delivers us from them: “The angel that delivereth me from all evils”… ” He hath given his angels charge over thee, to keep thee “… Sometimes also he helps us in secular business, especially when this conduces to salvation, as appears from the example of Tobias. Respect for their presence: indeed the angel guardian is always with us, and because he is a spirit pure and holy, we ought to avoid whatever could grieve him.

Keywords: [“Angel”,”St.”,”Church”]
Source: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=706

My Guardian Angel News for 01-20-2018

GUARDIAN ANGEL PART 2- NIGERIAN NOLLYWOOD MOVIE

Who is my guardian angel?

St. Gabriel St. Gabriel is the bearer of God’s secret messages to His chosen ones. Reflections 1) How faithful am I in bringing God’s message of love to the people as St. Gabriel brought faithfully and promptly the message of love incarnate to the Blessed Virgin Mary? 2) How attentive am I in listening to God’s words and voice as He talks to me in my everyday life? 3) Am I following the footsteps of Jesus and am I ready to carry the cross that He has given me? 4) Do I project God’s love to others by my exemplary life? Novena to St. Michael and the Archangels St. Gabriel, Holy Archangel, you, who are known as the bearer of God’s secrets meant especially for His chosen ones, we, God’s children, are constantly keeping watch on God’s message. O, St. Gabriel, obtain for us the grace and present to God the Father the following requests through Jesus Christ our Lord together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Reflections 1) Am I aware that my life here on earth is a pilgrimage to heaven? 2) During my journey, do I contemplate the past and prepare myself for tomorrow to meet my God? 3) Do I prefer to gain material riches than that of the upliftment of my soul in anticipation of the divine judgment of God? 4) Do I pray for others who are at present dying or sick aside from myself? Novena to the Archangels O Great Archangel, St. Raphael, you have been appointed by God to become our healer and to guide us in our earthly pilgrimage to our home in heaven. St. Raphael, please present to God the following petitions through Jesus Christ our Lord together with the Holy Spirit forever and ever. St. Uriel St. Uriel, with the weighing scale in his hand, reminds us of divine justice that weighs according to its true worth whatever good we do and whatever doings we commit in relation to God, to our neighbors or to ourselves, both as individuals and as a community of nations. Reflections 1) Do I love God above all persons and things? 2) How do I deal with God’s commandments? 3) Do I treat others justly? 4) Do I help those who are victims of injustices? Novena to the Archangels O Illustrious St. Uriel, the Archangel of God’s Divine Justice, as you hold the heavenly scales that weigh our lives on earth, we ask you to intercede for us, that God may forgive us all our sins. St. Sealtiel St. Sealtiel continually stands before God, with incenser in hand in unceasing adoration of the Most Holy Trinity. As the Archangel of contemplation and worship, his angelic purity transforms the love and worship which we mortals give to God. We need St. Sealtiel’s powerful intercession before God’s throne to overcome the evils of hedonism in our day. May endless hymns of praise rise from all peoples as they chant in union with the Heavenly Choirs of Angels, in perpetual thanksgiving for God’s bountiful blessings. Reflections 1) Do I take time to pray and reflect during some moments of the day? 2) Do I praise and thank God for every blessing in my life? 3) Do I pray with filial trust and confidence in God? 4) Do I make my life prayer of praise and thanksgiving? Novena to the Archangels O Pure and Holy Archangel St. Sealtiel, you bow before the Almighty Lord offering angelic salutations of praise and thanksgiving. St. Jhudiel God’s mercy comes to us every moment of our lives. Reflections 1) How do I show mercy to others? 2) Do I easily forgive those who have sinned against me? 3) Do I extend a helping hand to those who are in need of my help without expecting any reward in return? 4) Do I share God’s blessings to my less fortunate brothers and sisters? Novena to the Archangels O Merciful Archangel, St. Jhudiel dispenser of God’s eternal and abundant mercy. St. Barachiel is the Archangel who was assigned by God to keep watch over His adopted children, taking care that He and the Choirs of Angels assigned to the task guard these transformed souls in all their ways, bearing them up in their hands, “Lest they dash their feet against the stone on their way to their heavenly home.” Reflections 1) Do I realize that to be Christlike means to follow God’s commandments? 2) How do I grow in the qualities of Christ called virtues? 3) Do I pray to my Guardian Angel? 4) Does his presence remind me of God’s protection and care? Novena to the Archangels O Powerful Archangel, St. Barachiel, filled with heaven’s glory and splendor, you are rightly called God’s benediction.

Keywords: [“God”,”St.”,”Archangel”]
Source: http://www.viloria.com/viloria/adi/guardian.shtml

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An interesting bit of folklore is held by the Armenians who claim that an infant’s guardian angel trims the baby’s nails and brings a smile to its lips when they play together. Early Christian theologian Origen held the view that each person had a good angel to guide him and an evil one to tempt him throughout life. Thirteenth-century religious philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas taught that the individual has a guardian angel close at hand throughout life. For her book Angels: The Role of Celestial Guardians and Beings of Light, Paola Giovetti interviewed Father Eugenio Ferrarotti of Genoa, who says he has made contact with his guardian angel through automatic writing. 1:14, where St. Paul says, “Are they all not ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Dr. Billy Graham, Christian evangelist, cites in his book Angels: God’s Secret Agents the classic example of an angel protector found in Acts 12:5-11. As Peter sleeps, an angel appears, enters the prison cell, and wakes Peter, telling him to prepare to escape. A light shines in the cell, Peter’s chains fall off, he dresses and follows the angel outside, where the gates of the city open of their own accord and let them pass. Ps. 91:11-12 speaks of guardian angels: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee and all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against the stone.” The angels are said to take special care of children. 23:20, when god tells Moses, “I myself will send an angel before you to guard you as you go and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Give him reverence and listen to all that he says.” According to Grosso the guardian angel is an imago dei-“An image or form of divine power”-and that Christ is the exclusive imago dei. Speaking of angelic cult in the Catholic Church, Grosso writes, “Popular movements that grow outside or parallel to the dogmas of the Church are likely to reflect some deep psychic need.” He theorizes that the cult of the guardian angel, like the cult of saints and of the Virgin Mary, “May be seen as an attempt to overcome the remoteness and impersonality of God,” to “Shrink out distance from deity.” Writing about the last stage of the Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, Grosso says, “All human beings, saints or sinners, Christians or pagans, enjoy the service of a guardian angel. The concept, in short, is archetypal: it applies to the psyche universally. The guardian angel is portrayed as existing `face to face’ with God. In short, there is in every human being an unconscious inlet to the highest creative energies of the spirit.” “In a Vichian vein,” Grosso writes, “We can say that angels exist insofar as we imaginally co-create them. Angels are true to the extent that we make them true. That is our premise. It contrasts sharply with the traditional reli gion and with modern science.” Grosso says that people in a time when the world is saturated with science, are hungry for fresh contact with renewing spirits, thus the popularity of archetypes in the forms of psychic channeling, UFO contacts, near-death experiences, apparitions of Mary, and guardian angels. While guardian angels can help humans even if they don’t ask, it is best if the person does ask for help, says contemporary author Linda Georgian in her book Your Guardian Angels. Angels will do all they can to help the humans in their care, but they cannot act against man’s free will, according to angel lore. In A Book of Angels considers the difficult question: If an angel can save one person, why not a troop of angels to save our world? “Why did spiritual beings not sweep over us to save mothers in Vietnam or Palestine from bombs and napalm burns, or babies from dying of disease? Why do not angels lift up planes shot down in war and hold them in their winged hands as a mother would in setting her baby in a crib?” Burnham asks.

Keywords: [“angel”,”guardian”,”God”]
Source: http://angelsreading.com/guardian-angels

My Guardian Angel News for 01-20-2018

Connect with your guardian angels in 5 minutes

We are all familiar with the concept of guardian angels and accept the truth of their existence even though it has never been defined by the Church that every individual soul has a guardian angel. Some doctors of the Church believed only the baptized had an individual guardian angel, while others, like St. Jerome, believed each person, from birth, had his or her own angel. The name of Michael comes from the Hebrew and means “Who is like God?” – raising the question: “Who can ever be like God?” The answer is “No one!” for no one but God is sufficient unto Himself! We remember St. Michael best for his battle with Lucifer and the rebellious angels in Paradise. Those who remained faithful and opposed Lucifer’s false claim to be like God were led by a valiant angel; hence, the leader of those faithful angels would be called “Michael” whose name, “Who is like God?” stands as a battle cry against all false gods as he continues to defend the honor of God against those fallen angels who are determined to deceive the rest of God’s intelligent creation with the “Lie of Satan,” that fundamental denial of dependency on God by acting as if one is the cause of one’s own being; in other words, that one can be self-sufficient just like God! That is the lie, for 2 unless God created us, we would not exist; unless God sustains us in existence, we would cease to exist. In the Hebrew understanding God sent angels in times of great need. Like our own guardian angels whom we do not see, nor can we prove that they exist even though we believe that they do based on what we do know from Scripture, it should not be a problem to accept these angels. The Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation with its account of the seven angels for the seven Churches, confirm the belief in guardian angels for nations and churches as well as for individuals, so it should not surprise us that God is sending America special guardian angels as His gift to help us carry out His Divine Mandate to lead the world back to faith and purity, to real peace at last. The angel Sultra carries the lightning bolts of God’s justice; Our Lady’s message warns of God’s justice if we do not accept his awesome mercy and grace and reform our lives. Note, too, on the angel Sultra’s right shoulder sits a pure white dove, the same symbol Our Lord used to address Sister Mildred’s purity and humility when 6 he called her “my little white dove,” a symbol commonly used for both peace and purity, the titles by which St. Michael, Angel of Peace, and St. Gabriel, Angel of Purity, identified themselves to Sister. How like the passage in Exodus 23:20-23 used in the Liturgy for the feast of the Guardian Angels are the words of the angel Sultra to America. In conclusion, considering so many interconnections in the meanings of names, missions and symbols amongst these four angels and the message of Our Lady of America® itself, it would be hard to discount the existence and the mission of the archangel Sardus and the angel Sultra as guardian angels over America and the United States. Given the history of Hebrew Scripture and tradition regarding guardian angels for nations and groups and the Hebrew understanding that special angels are given in times of great need, and given the enormity of America’s need for conversion itself 7 before it can lead the world to conversion, it would be hard to discount the importance of these guardian angels over America, the United States of America. Since some guardian angels have revealed their names to chosen souls in the past, why should it surprise us then that the archangel Sardus and the angel Sultra would reveal themselves to Sister Mildred as special guardian angels over America, over the United States in particular? Since Our Lady has given America a great responsibility of leadership in bringing the whole world back to Faith and Purity and has also warned that the hatred of the world would be turned on us because of this Mandate from heaven, and since she has promised a whole host of angelic help to fulfill our mission, how can we dismiss such a gift from the Queen of Angels? Our situation here in America calls for, even demands, such divine assistance. Let us thank God for these angels and depend on them for guidance and defense against every form of evil. Imagine if our whole nation were such a tabernacle and hosts of angels could come here to America and adore in our midst the living God! Our Lady herself declared September 27, 1956: I wish to make the whole of America my shrine by making every heart accessible to the love of my Son.

Keywords: [“angel”,”God”,”America”]
Source: http://www.ourladyofamerica.com/whatsnew/GuardianAngelsforAmerica.pdf

My Guardian Angel News for 01-19-2018

Nathaniel: Guardian Angel

My Guardian Angel

A guardian angel is an angel that is assigned to protect and guide a particular person, group, kingdom, or country. According to Rabbi Leo Trepp, in late Judaism, the belief developed that, “The people have a heavenly representative, a guardian angel. Every human being has a guardian angel. Previously the term `Malakh’, angel, simply meant messenger of God.”. An angel’s missions go in two directions: it may serve as an emissary of God downward and it may also serve as the one carries things upwards from below The angel cannot reveal its true form to man, whose being, senses and instruments of perception belong only to the world of action – it continues to belong to a different dimension even when apprehended in one form or another The angel who is sent to us from another world does not always have a significance or impact beyond the normal laws of physical nature. With this scriptural sanction, Peter’s angel was the most commonly depicted guardian angel in art, and was normally shown in images of the subject, most famously Raphael’s fresco of the Deliverance of Saint Peter in the Vatican. Thomas Aquinas agreed with Honorius and believed that it was the lowest order of angels who served as guardians, and his view was most successful in popular thought, but Duns Scotus said that any angel is bound by duty and obedience to the Divine Authority to accept the mission to which that angel is assigned. In his March 31, 1997 Regina Caeli address, Pope Saint John Paul II referred to the concept of guardian angel and concluded the address with the statement: “Let us invoke the Queen of angels and saints, that she may grant us, supported by our guardian angels, to be authentic witnesses to the Lord’s paschal mystery”. “Pope Francis concluded with a series of questions so that each one can examine his/her own conscience:”How is my relationship with my guardian angel? Do I listen to him? Do I bid him good day in the morning? Do I tell him: ‘guard me while I sleep?’ Do I speak with him? Do I ask his advice? Each one of us can do so in order to evaluate “The relationship with this angel that the Lord has sent to guard me and to accompany me on the path, and who always beholds the face of the Father who is in heaven”. There was an old Irish custom that suggested including in bedtime prayers a request for the Blessed Mother to tell one the name of their guardian angel, and supposedly within a few days one would “Know” the name by which they could address their angel. According to Aquinas, “On this road man is threatened by many dangers both from within and without, and therefore as guardians are appointed for men who have to pass by an unsafe road, so an angel is assigned to each man as long as he is a wayfarer.” By means of an angel, God is said to introduce images and suggestions leading a person to do what is right. Father Giovangiuseppe Califano recounted how, one day, a newly appointed bishop confessed to Pope John XXIII “That he could not sleep at night due to an anxiety which was caused by the responsibility of his office.” “The pope told him, ‘You know, I also thought the same when I was elected pope. But one day, I dreamed about my guardian angel, and it told me not to take everything so seriously.'” Pope John attributed the idea of calling Second Vatican Council to an inspiration from his guardian angel. Justin Fontenot of the Prayerful Anglican states that the “Guardian angel concept is clearly present in the Old Testament, and its development is well marked” and he continues, stating that in “The New Testament the concept of guardian angel may be noted with greater precision”. Before the Eastern Orthodox liturgy of the Communion of the Faithful, a prayer asks “For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us entreat the Lord. Amen.”. The Reverend Donald Schneider, a Lutheran priest, wrote that the concept of a guardian angel is found in Psalm 91, which includes a verse stating “For [God] will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone”. “Perhaps every Christian has a guardian angel. It may be that there is one angel to every Christian, or a score of them; or one may have charge of a score of Christians. Some of the ancient fathers believed that every city had a guardian angel, while others assigned one to every house and every man. None of us know how much we are indebted to angels for our deliverance from imminent peril, disease, and malicious plots of men and devils. Where the pious die, angels are to carry the soul to heaven, though it be a soul of a Lazarus.” A parody appears in Byron’s Don Juan: “Her guardian angel had given up his garrison”.

Keywords: [“angel”,”guardian”,”Every”]
Source: http://www.myguardianangel.com/tag/angel

My Guardian Angel News for 01-19-2018

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Guardian angel

A guardian angel is an angel that is assigned to protect and guide a particular person, group, kingdom, or country. According to Rabbi Leo Trepp, in late Judaism, the belief developed that, “The people have a heavenly representative, a guardian angel. Every human being has a guardian angel. Previously the term `Malakh’, angel, simply meant messenger of God.”. An angel’s missions go in two directions: it may serve as an emissary of God downward and it may also serve as the one carries things upwards from below… The angel cannot reveal its true form to man, whose being, senses and instruments of perception belong only to the world of action – it continues to belong to a different dimension even when apprehended in one form or another… The angel who is sent to us from another world does not always have a significance or impact beyond the normal laws of physical nature. With this scriptural sanction, Peter’s angel was the most commonly depicted guardian angel in art, and was normally shown in images of the subject, most famously Raphael’s fresco of the Deliverance of Saint Peter in the Vatican. Thomas Aquinas agreed with Honorius and believed that it was the lowest order of angels who served as guardians, and his view was most successful in popular thought, but Duns Scotus said that any angel is bound by duty and obedience to the Divine Authority to accept the mission to which that angel is assigned. In his March 31, 1997 Regina Caeli address, Pope Saint John Paul II referred to the concept of guardian angel and concluded the address with the statement: “Let us invoke the Queen of angels and saints, that she may grant us, supported by our guardian angels, to be authentic witnesses to the Lord’s paschal mystery”. “Pope Francis concluded with a series of questions so that each one can examine his/her own conscience:”How is my relationship with my guardian angel? Do I listen to him? Do I bid him good day in the morning? Do I tell him: ‘guard me while I sleep?’ Do I speak with him? Do I ask his advice? …Each one of us can do so in order to evaluate “The relationship with this angel that the Lord has sent to guard me and to accompany me on the path, and who always beholds the face of the Father who is in heaven”. There was an old Irish custom that suggested including in bedtime prayers a request for the Blessed Mother to tell one the name of their guardian angel, and supposedly within a few days one would “Know” the name by which they could address their angel. According to Aquinas, “On this road man is threatened by many dangers both from within and without, and therefore as guardians are appointed for men who have to pass by an unsafe road, so an angel is assigned to each man as long as he is a wayfarer.” By means of an angel, God is said to introduce images and suggestions leading a person to do what is right. Father Giovangiuseppe Califano recounted how, one day, a newly appointed bishop confessed to Pope John XXIII “That he could not sleep at night due to an anxiety which was caused by the responsibility of his office.” “The pope told him, ‘You know, I also thought the same when I was elected pope. But one day, I dreamed about my guardian angel, and it told me not to take everything so seriously.'” Pope John attributed the idea of calling Second Vatican Council to an inspiration from his guardian angel. Justin Fontenot of the Prayerful Anglican states that the “Guardian angel concept is clearly present in the Old Testament, and its development is well marked” and he continues, stating that in “The New Testament the concept of guardian angel may be noted with greater precision”. Before the Eastern Orthodox liturgy of the Communion of the Faithful, a prayer asks “For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us entreat the Lord. Amen.”. The Reverend Donald Schneider, a Lutheran priest, wrote that the concept of a guardian angel is found in Psalm 91, which includes a verse stating “For [God] will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone”. “Perhaps every Christian has a guardian angel. It may be that there is one angel to every Christian, or a score of them; or one may have charge of a score of Christians. Some of the ancient fathers believed that every city had a guardian angel, while others assigned one to every house and every man. None of us know how much we are indebted to angels for our deliverance from imminent peril, disease, and malicious plots of men and devils. Where the pious die, angels are to carry the soul to heaven, though it be a soul of a Lazarus.” A parody appears in Byron’s Don Juan: “Her guardian angel had given up his garrison”.

Keywords: [“angel”,”guardian”,”God”]
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardian_angel

My Guardian Angel News for 01-18-2018

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Guardian Angels

In Genesis 28-29, angels not only act as the executors of God’s wrath against the cities of the plain, but they deliver Lot from danger; in Exodus 12-13, an angel is the appointed leader of the host of Israel, and in 32:34, God says to Moses: “My angel shall go before thee.” At a much later period we have the story of Tobias, which might serve for a commentary on the words of Psalm 90:11: “For he hath given his angels charge over thee; to keep thee in all thy ways.” Lastly, in Daniel 10 angels are entrusted with the care of particular districts; one is called “Prince of the kingdom of the Persians”, and Michael is termed “One of the chief princes”; cf. Angels are everywhere the intermediaries between God and man; and Christ set a seal upon the Old Testament teaching: “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.” A twofold aspect of the doctrine is here put before us: even little children have guardian angels, and these same angels lose not the vision of God by the fact that they have a mission to fulfil on earth. Without dwelling on the various passages in the New Testament where the doctrine of guardian angels is suggested, it may suffice to mention the angel who succoured Christ in the garden, and the angel who delivered St. Peter from prison. Hebrews 1:14 puts the doctrine in its clearest light: “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them, who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?” This is the function of the guardian angels; they are to lead us, if we wish it, to the Kingdom of Heaven. Second Reading(places where it is a Solemnity): Revelation 12:7-12Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The faithful are also aware of the angel’s coming to help Elijah, an exhausted fugitive, of Azariah and his companions in the fiery furnace, and are familiar with the story of Tobias in which Raphael, “One of the seven Angels who stand ever ready to enter the presence of the glory of God”, who renders many services to Tobit, his son Tobias and his wife Sarah. The faithful will have well grasped the significance of Jesus’ admonition not to despise the least of those who believe in him for “Their Angels in heaven are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven”, and the consolation of his assurance that “There is rejoicing among the Angels of God over one repentant sinner”. The Church implores God to send his Angels at the end of the day to protect the faithful as they sleep(289), prays that the celestial spirits come to the assistance of the faithful in their last agony(290), and in the rite of obsequies, invokes God to send his Angels to accompany the souls of just into paradise(291) and to watch over their graves. Down through the centuries, the faithful have translated into various devotional exercises the teaching of the faith in relation to the ministry of Angels: the Holy Angels have been adopted as patrons of cities and corporations; great shrines in their honour have developed such as Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, San Michele della Chiusa in Piemonte and San Michele Gargano in Apulia, each appointed with specific feast days; hymns and devotions to the Holy Angels have also been composed. Popular piety encompasses many forms of devotion to the Guardian Angels. St. Bernard of Clarivaux was a great master and a notable promoter of devotion to the Guardian Angels. Devout gratitude to God for having placed these heavenly spirits of great sanctity and dignity at the service of man; an attitude of devotion deriving from the knowledge of living constantly in the presence of the Holy Angels of God;- serenity and confidence in facing difficult situations, since the Lord guides and protects the faithful in the way of justice through the ministry of His Holy Angels. Among the prayers to the Guardian Angels the Angele Dei(294) is especially popular, and is often recited by families at morning and evening prayers, or at the recitation of the Angelus. When, as sometimes can happen, the faithful are taken by the idea that the world is subject to demiurgical struggles, or an incessant battle between good and evil spirits, or Angels and daemons, in which man is left at the mercy of superior forces and over which he is helpless; such cosmologies bear little relation to the true Gospel vision of the struggle to overcome the Devil, which requires moral commitment, a fundamental option for the Gospel, humility and prayer; when the daily events of life, which have nothing or little to do with our progressive maturing on the journey towards Christ are read schematically or simplistically, indeed childishly, so as to ascribe all setbacks to the Devil and all success to the Guardian Angels.

Keywords: [“angel”,”God”,”heaven”]
Source: http://archive.wf-f.org/GuardianAngels.html