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Thought for the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Thought for the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

The Father learned from his parents to have recourse to his Guardian Angel.   Then later on, as a seminarian, he read in a book by one of the Fathers of the Church that, in addition to a Guardian Angel, priests have a ministerial Archangel as well;  and so, from the day of his ordination to the priesthood, he turned to this Archangel with great simplicity and confidence.   In fact, he said he felt certain that even if the author he had read turned out to have been mistaken, our Lord would have given him a ministerial Archangel anyway, just because of the faith with which he always invoked him.

In any case, after the feast of the Guardian Angels in 1928, the founder of Opus Dei had a still more intense devotion to them.   He was always telling his children, “familiarity with, and devotion to, the holy Guardian Angels is at the heart of our work.   It is a concrete manifestation of the supernatural mission of Opus Dei.”

Convinced that God has placed an Angel beside each and every human being to help that person along the road of life, he had recourse to his own Guardian Angel for all his material and spiritual needs.   He would often say, quite frankly, “For years I’ve experienced the constant and immediate assistance of my Guardian Angel, even in the smallest material particulars.”   In the years between 1928 and 1940, his alarm-clock sometimes didn’t work and he didn’t have the money to repair it, so he turned in trust to his Guardian Angel and asked him to wake him up in the morning at the right time.   His Angel never once failed him.   And that’s why our Father affectionately called him “mi relojerico” [“my dear watchmaker”].

Whenever he greeted our Lord in the Tabernacle, he always thanked the Angels who were present there, for the unceasing adoration that they give to God.   On more than one occasion I heard him say, “When I go into one of our chapels, one that has a Tabernacle, I tell Jesus that I love him, and invoke the Blessed Trinity. Then I thank the Angels who guard the Tabernacle and adore Christ in the Eucharist.”7829cfbe41f6e53c5b6bb9dc0727f70a--angels-and-fairies-heavenly-angels

Through heroic and persevering correspondence with God’s grace, he acquired the habit of always greeting the Guardian Angels of the people he met.   One day in 1972 or 1973, the retired archbishop of Valencia, the Most Reverend Marcelino Olaechea, came to visit him, accompanied by his secretary.   They were very good friends, so that Father greeted him and then asked him playfully, “Marcelino, let’s see if you can guess – whom did I greet first?” The archbishop replied, “You greeted me first.” “No,” the Father said, “I greeted the VIP first.” Archbishop Olaechea, understandably perplexed, replied, “But of the two of us, my secretary and me, I am the ‘VIP’.” Then our founder explained, “No, the VIP is your Guardian Angel.”

During some days of rest that we spent in a rented house in a village in Lombardy, Italy – I can’t remember whether it was Caglio or Civenna – we would play bocce ball every so often, to get a little exercise.   Since we didn’t know the rules of the game too well, at times we would make up our own.   I remember that during one of these games, the Father threw the ball unusually well and made an exceptional score.   But he said immediately, “That doesn’t count – I was helped by my Guardian Angel. I won’t do that any more…” I tell this little story because I consider it indicative of the constant friendly rapport he had with his Guardian Angel and also of his humility; as he later told me directly, he was ashamed of having asked his Guardian Angel for help in such an unimportant matter.

Extract from Cesare Cavalleri, Immersed in God – Blessed Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, as seen by his successor, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, Princeton NJ: Scepter Publishers, 1996.

Let us learn such devotion, love and friendship with our angels too.

St Josemaria and our Holy Guardian Angels, pray for us!guardian angel pray for us 2 - 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Quote/s of the Day – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

“How consoling it is to know , that we have a spirit, who from womb to tomb, NEVER LEAVES US, EVEN FOR AN INSTANT, not even when we dare to sin.   And this heavenly spirit guides and protects us, like a friend, a brother.”

St Padre Pio (1887-1968)how consoling - st padre pio - 2 oct 2017

“Each man has an angel guardian appointed to him….Angel guardians are given to man also as regards invisible and secret things, concerning the salvation of each one in his own regard.   Hence individual angels are appointed to guard individual men.”

St Thomas Aquinas  (1225-1274) Doctoreach mans has an - st thomas aquinas 2 oct 207

“When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped!   Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him:  He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel.”

St John Bosco (1815-1888)when tempted - st john bosco - 2 oct 2017

“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.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctorwe should show our affection - St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Church 2 oct 2017

“The powers of hell will assail the dying Christian but his angel guardian will come to console him.   His patrons and St. Michael, who has been appointed by God to defend his faithful servants in their last combat with the devils, will come to his aid.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctorthe powers of hell - st alphonsus - 2 oct 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

One Minute Reflection – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

“See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared.
Be attentive to him and obey him. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin. My authority is within him. If you obey him and carry out all I tell you, I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes.”…… Exodus 23:20-22exodus 23 20

REFLECTION – “The devil writes down our sins—our guardian angel all our merits.  Labour that the guardian angel’s book may be full and the devil’s empty.”…………… St. John Vianneythe devil writes down our sins - st john vianney - 2 oct 2017

PRAYER – Lord God of Hosts, in Your all-wise providence, You send angels to guard our souls and to protect us from all evil.  Surround us with their watchful care on earth and give us the joy of their company, forever in heaven, amen.holy guardian angels - pray for us

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Morning Hymn/Prayer from the Divine Office – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Morning Hymn/Prayer from the Divine Office – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

They come, God’s messengers of love,
they come from realms of peace above,
from homes of never-fading light,
from blissful mansions ever bright.

They come to watch around us here,
to soothe our sorrow, calm our fear.
Ye heavenly guides, speed not away,
God willeth you with us to stay.

But chiefly at its journey’s end
“tis yours the spirit to befriends
and whisper to the willing heart,
“o Christian soul, in peace depart.”

To us the zeal of angels give,
with love to serve thee while we live.
To us an Angel-guard supply,
when on the bed of death we lie.

breviary morning prayer - guardian angels 2 oct

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Our Morning Offering – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Our Morning Offering – 2 October – The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Prayer to my Good Guardian Angel
By Fr Peter J Cameron O.P.

My good Guardian Angel;
you have been appointed by God
to be my protector and shepherd,
leading me to life and peace.
Thank you for your guardianship.
Without the benefit of your angelic care,
I would be left to the custody
of my own feeble resources.
You delight in dispensing God’s graces
to aid me in my salvation.
Help me to regulate my life and
move me to the good.
Instruct me that I may live by the
enlightenment of heaven.
Assist me in my prayer.
Ward off demons that would threaten me
and remove the sadness and affliction
brought on by the enemy.
When weighed down by my emotions
and things of the flesh,
lift me up and let me share your joy.
Protect me from all spiritual and bodily harm.
Please forgive my neglect of you.
With trust in your angelic protection,
I offer you my love and gratitude. Amenprayer to my good guardian angel - by for peter j cameron (my novenas book) 2 oct 2017

 

 

 

 

 

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Saint of the Day – The Holy Guardian Angels – 2 October

Blessed Memorial of Your Holy Guardian Angel – 2 October.

El Atocha- The Christ Child with Angel
El Atocha: The Christ Child with Angel

Perhaps no aspect of Catholic piety is as comforting to parents as the belief that an angel protects their little ones from dangers real and imagined.  Yet guardian angels are not only for children.   Their role is to represent individuals before God, to watch over them always, especially with respect to helping that person avoid spiritual dangers, to aid their prayer and achieve salvation.
The angel may also help the person avoid physical dangers, particularly if this will help the person achieve salvation. Guardian-AngelVitrailFlorac010609_09AngeGardien

The concept of an angel assigned to guide and nurture each human being is a development of Catholic doctrine and piety based on Scripture but not directly drawn from it.   Jesus’ words in Matthew 18:10 best support the belief:  “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

Devotion to the angels began to develop with the birth of the monastic tradition. Saint Benedict gave it impetus and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the great 12th-century reformer, was such an eloquent spokesman for the guardian angels that angelic devotion assumed its current form in his day.

A feast in honour of the guardian angels was first observed in the 16th century. In 1615, Pope Paul V added it to the Roman calendar.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
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].guardian angel.2.

According to the general teaching of the theologians, however, not only every baptised person, but every human being, including unbelievers, has his own special guardian angel from his birth [Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, 120].

This understanding is reflected in an Angelus address by Benedict XVI, who stated:

Dear friends, the Lord is ever close and active in humanity’s history and accompanies us with the unique presence of his Angels, whom today the Church venerates as “Guardian Angels”, that is, ministers of the divine care for every human being.   From the beginning until the hour of death, human life is surrounded by their constant protection. [Angelus, Oct. 2, 2011].angelorum-angel4b

The Congregation stated:  Popular devotion to the Holy Angels, which is legitimate and good, can, however, also give rise to possible deviations:

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 [op. cit., 217].

Should we assign names to our guardian angels?  The Congregation stated:

The practice of assigning names to the Holy Angels should be discouraged, except in the cases of Gabriel, Raphael and Michael whose names are contained in Holy Scripture.angels-58

Detail From The Vision of St. Bernard
Detail From The Vision of St. Bernard FILIPPINO LIPPI c. 1475
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2 October – Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels and Memorials of the Saints

The Holy Guardian Angels (Memorial)

St Alfonso del Rio
St Andrea Ximenez
St Beregisius
St Eleutherius of Nicomedia
St Emilie de Villeneuve
Bl Georges-Edme René
St Gerinus
Bl Jan Beyzym
St Leodegarius of Autun
St Leudomer
St Maria Antonina Kratochwil
St Modesto of Sardinia
St Saturius of Soria
St Theophilus of Bulgaria
St Ursicinus II

Martyred in Antioch, Syria: Martyred in one of the early persecutions, date unknown.
St Cyril of Antioch
St Primus of Antioch
St Secundarius of Antioch

Martyred in Nagasaki, Japan: A husband, wife and two sons, who were all martyred together in the persecutions in Japan. They were beheaded on 2 October 1622 in Nagasaki, Japan and Beatified by Pope Pius IX on 7 May 1867.
• Blessed Andreas Yakichi
• Blessed Franciscus Yakichi
• Blessed Lucia Yakichi
• Blessed Ludovicus Yakichi

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Elías Carbonell Molla
• Blessed Enrique Sáiz-Aparicio
• Blesssed Felipe González de Heredia Barahona
• Blessed Francisco Carceller Galindo
• Blessed Isidoro Bover Oliver
• Blessed Juan Carbonell Molla
• Blessed Juan Iñiguez de Ciriano Abechuco
• Blessed Manuel Borrajo Míguez
• Blessed María Francisca Ricart Olmos
• Blessed Mateu Garrolera Masferrer
• Blessed Pedro Artolozaga Mellique
• Blessed Pedro Salcedo Puchades