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Guardian Angels and You: A Match Made In Heaven

May 21, 2012 by

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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