Guardian Angels and You: A Match Made In Heaven


Guardian Angel Protecting ChildrenWhat has protected you since your conception, is not made of physical matter, and was given a mission to help you attain salvation? Your Guardian Angel. To clarify, the idea that every soul has a guardian angel is not an article of faith held by the church. Nonetheless, it is a commonly held belief of great antiquity. According to newadvent.org, St. Jerome stated, “how great the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it.” One of the most important scriptural references to guardian angels is found in Hebrews 1: 14 which states, “Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits sent to serve, for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” Guardian angels might not be an article of faith but one can still believe in them with confidence.

If Guardian Angels are real, then what exactly do they do? According to Aquinas, they influence our imagination and senses but not our will. A guardian angel is sent to protect our souls and help them in attaining salvation and union with God. One great way to remind us to pray for the mission of our guardian angels is through angel statues. Angel statues are unique and typically feature either an archangel such as St. Michael Statues or a guardian angel. Angel statues are beautiful and serve as a great reminder to pray for our guardian angels and their mission.

Whether or not guardian angels are real, we know that angels are real and that we ought to pray for the success of their heavenly missions. They have a very hard job as the forces of evil are always attempting to work against us. Believe it or not, there is a battle going on for every soul each day and every guardian angel is a big part of that battle. I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to consider using angel statues or angel figurines in their home to serve as a constant reminder of the work they put in every day. Angel statues and angel figurines also make great gifts for your loved one. What is your favorite angel gift and do you believe in guardian angels?


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12 Responses to Guardian Angels and You: A Match Made In Heaven

  1. judy says:

    I have heard that you can “meet” your guardian angel, and also have heard that priests get another guardian angel upon ordination…any support for these? thanks

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I do believe in Guardian Angels. This was my mothers favorite picture, the symbol is on her gravesite. My mother was the most caring and loving person especially to her children. She passed away last year at 59, she loved angels and though I can never understand why God took the person I love most I have to believe it is because of the kind and loving person she was and that he needed her to be someone elses guardian angel. I love you mom. RIP

  3. Nick says:

    From what I can gather, some have advocated that priests have a ministerial Archangel assigned to them. St. Josemaria Escriva is said to have believed this. But I cannot find any official teaching of the Church on priests having either a second guardian angel or a ministerial angel for that matter. And can we “meet” our guardian angels? Well I don’t see why not. There is a long tradition of at least supposed encounters with angels of various kinds. One meeting their guardian angel probably depends on the state of the individual, the will of the guardian angel, and the will of God. It doesn’t seem impossible that one could meet their guardian angel. I hope this helped! I am certainly not a angelology scholar, that’s for certain. Try Angels & Demons by Joan Cruz for more info or My Angel Will Go Before You by Georges Huber

  4. suzi Uhalley says:

    Psalm91;11 please read! I have a daily working relationship with my angel whom I call Michael. I ask him to intervene when I become tempted or confused. I talk to him out loud throughout the day. I also send him to help my spiritual friends angels when they need help or are experiencing hardship whatever it may be,it clearly says in psalm91;11 that we are given angels that are concerned with us individually. They are waiting for us to ask them for heavenly intervention. I’m sure they go to Our Fathers feet with our intentions. To have this gift and not use it, well to me it would be as tragic as not using any spiritual tool Our Father has made available to us. Pray about it. It has certainly changed my spiritual journey!! What a beautiful and life changing gift.

  5. suzi Uhalley says:

    I hope you publish my comment. For the mere purpose of awareness. What we don’t know can’t help us. The spiritual hunger I feel has brought me answers. With the new knowledge I receive I grow ever more close to Our Father through The Catholic Church. God bless ànd keep you in the palm of his hand.,…. suzi. Please if you choose to publish my comment use my first name… suzi thank you.

  6. Beverly says:

    Christian belief is that that Our Creator is so powerful and so glorious He cannot be approached by human beings. He alone “hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto whom no man hath seen, nor can see.” (1 Timothy 6:16). Angels, however are able to bridge that gap of perfection and holiness. Therefore, they act for God as well as represent Him to us. That is why angels are employed by God to administer His will to us. The word ‘angel’ comes from the Greek word ‘angelos’ meaning ‘messenger’.

  7. Agnes Taylor says:

    I have always believed that there were angels looking after each one of us. Now I have a personal angel (My Mother) I can feel her telling me when I am doing wrong also how proud she is of me. I have angel figurines in my house so I can see what I feel.

  8. Friar Pete says:

    Quote: “To clarify, the idea that every soul has a guardian angel is not an article of faith held by the Church.”

    This isn’t correct. A Guardian Angel is given to assist each and every person from the moment of conception according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church #335 and 336 (the Catechism is where all official articles of faith of the Church are found).

    CCC 336 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.

    Also, an obligatory Memorial of the Guardian Angels is celebrated in Liturgy on October 2nd.

  9. Clover says:

    Hi,
    I’m not Christian but I do believe in angels and guardian angels. I was in the Vatican city recently and I was drawn to buy a guardian angel figurine. I’m not sure as to what to do with it. Do I just display the figurine and speak to my guardian angel as usual? Any comments on this will be much appreciated. Thank you very much!

  10. Gretchen says:

    Hi Clover,

    Yes, display the figurine where it will encourage you to speak to your guardian angel. Ask your guardian angel to guide you into truth and to teach you about God.

    “‘He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways’ (see Ps 91:11). These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instill confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present on your behalf. They are here to protect you and to serve you. But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need.” — St. Bernard

  11. lemona says:

    Greetings. Could anyone give me a prayer to St Marcella? Checked online but can’t seem to find any. Thank you.

  12. Gretchen says:

    Hi Lemona, unfortunately we do not keep lists of prayers to saints. Good luck finding one though!

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