Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hail, Holy Guardian Angels

 Guardian Angel

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels.   Though the teaching that each of us has a guardian angel has never been defined as an article of faith by the Church, the basis for this belief may be found in  many places in the Old and New Testaments.  The following excerpt from the Office of Readings for the Feast is taken from a sermon by St. Bernard (1090 AD - 1153 AD):

We should … show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our co-heirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father. . . . 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.

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