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Memorial of the Guardian Angels

October 2, 2009
Guardian Angel Painting from the 1800's
Guardian Angel Painting from the 1800’s

Today is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels. It begun in Spain during the 16th century. It was adopted by the universal Church in the year 1670. What a beautiful teaching of the Church that we each have a guardian angel who is with us from birth to death. St. Bernard of Clairvaux preached a rousing sermon on the guardian angels. Here is an excerpt:

“In this, therefore, brethren, let us affectionately love His angels as one day our future co-heirs; meanwhile, however, as counselors and defenders appointed by the Father and placed over us. Why should we fear under such guardians? Those who keep us in all our ways can neither be overcome nor be deceived, much less deceive. They are faithful; they are prudent; they are powerful; why do we tremble? Let us only follow them, let us remain close to them, and in the protection of the God of heaven let us abide. As often, therefore, as a most serious temptation is perceived to weigh upon you and an excessive trial is threatening, call to your guard, your leader, your helper in your needs, in your tribulation; cry to him and say: “Lord, save us; we perish!” ”

Today is also our Sister, Sister M. Angelita’s feast day. Please join us in praying for her and her intentions. Below you will find her picture.

 

 

Sister M. Angelita, OSF
Sister M. Angelita, OSF

 Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day (or night), be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
~
Prayer Source: Enchiridion of Indulgences , June 29, 1968

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