Life on earth is extremely difficult and sometimes it may seem like we are all alone. This is not the case, however. Ever since the beginning of our lives, God gave us a special angel to be our constant and life-long friend and companion. This special angel is known as our Guardian Angel.
Our Guardian Angels watch over us, pray for us, intercede for us, and guide us along the way. We should pray often to our Guardian Angels and speak to them as if we were speaking to a friend here on earth.
There is a beautiful quote by Saint Jerome that says:
“How great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it.”
We celebrate the feast of the Guardian Angels on October 2nd!
Everyone has a Guardian Angel and none of us has to walk through the trials and sufferings of this life alone, because we each have a special friend that is ours alone. No one before us had our specific Guardian Angel, and no one after us will have the same one ever again. Many Saints have even seen their Guardian Angels and spoken with them.
Prayers to the Guardian Angels
There are many prayers we can say to our Guardian Angel.
The most traditional one is the Guardian Angel prayer but here, I am writing it with a variation from the Order of the Holy Angels:
“Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits here, ever this day/night be at my side to light, to guard, to rule, and guide. Take me by the hand I promise docile obedience to your guidance so that I may attain eternal happiness.”
We should pray often to our Guardian Angel for guidance and protection. They want to help us, but we have to be open to allowing them to work in our lives.
Guardian Angel Resources
There is a lovely book, Under Angel Wings, about a young girl who often saw and spoke with her Guardian Angel. It is easy to read and a precious story for adults and children. The Order of the Holy Angels has many books about the Holy Angels and Guardian Angels. They also have many prayers to the Guardian Angels and Holy Angels, including a prayer to the Guardian Angel of the United States! The Order of the Holy Angels has many other resources on their website.
On this feast of the Guardian Angels, let us thank God for giving us a very special friend to be with us on our journey through life. We were not made to suffer alone and so we should not be afraid to turn to our Guardian Angels when we are feeling lonely, lost, or afraid. They stand by our sides every step of the way to comfort us when we are sad, to protect us when we are in danger, and to lead us back to Jesus when we have lost our way.
“No evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent. For God commands the angels to guard you in all your ways. With their hands they shall support you, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91: 11-12