Over the next week the Church celebrates two angelic feast days: the Holy Archangels, Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (Sept. 29) and the Guardian Angels (Oct. 2). These feasts remind us that we are not alone in this world and we have spiritual helpers at our side.
This is an important reality that we often ignore. We don't see angels arounds us, so we naturally forget about them. However, they can have a big impact on our lives if we let them.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states regarding angels:
“From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.’ Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God" (CCC 336).
The Church here highlights the Guardian Angel’s role as “protector and shepherd leading [us] to life.” Shepherd is a great image as it give us an idea of how our Guardian Angels gently guide us to right pasture. At the same time, just like a good shepherd, our Guardian Angels protect us from harm and wolves that may try to devour us.
As we go about our day-to-day lives, we should take time to remember our heavenly companions and ask for their guidance and protection. They can help us in our daily struggle to be saints and can assist us in our Daily Offering. They know better than us the many challenges of humanity and can direct our hearts to the many suffering souls of this world.
With this in mind, as we join our daily prayers to the Pope's intentions for this month, let us ask the help of our Guardian Angel.
Angel of God
My guardian dear
To Whom His love
Commits me here
Ever this day
Be at my side
To light and guard
To rule and guide. Amen