Monday, October 02, 2006

The Guardian Angels

Today we celebrate the Memorial of the Guardian Angels. I'm sure many as children memorized and probably comforted by the prayer, Angel of God. It is, to me, strangely comforting and discomforting at the same time to know that there is always a Guardian Angel watching over me, trying to help me do what is right and to move closer to that life God calls me to. That much is comforting - it is somewhat discomforting to contemplate after a sin, no matter how small, that God did not just stop at the Resurrection and His Church to provide for my salvation but even sent a special messenger whose careful guidance I have just shrugged off. Perhaps that's my Irish guilt showing through.

But enough of me. Catholic Culture has a great guide with a plethora of links about our Guardian Angels here. And to finish of this topic, from a sermon by Saint Bernard, from the Office of Readings today:

Even though we are children and have a long, a very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear? They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray. They are loyal, prudent, powerful. Why then are we afraid? We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God's heaven.