The special object of the angels’ care is the human race, which they are appointed to guard.
According to St Ambrose, “Every soul, at the moment it is infused into the body, is entrusted into the keeping of an angel.” Every human has a guardian angel appointed to enlighten, protect, defend and guide him during life from the moment of conception. We can call him our invisible body guard or soul guard.
Angels constantly surround the souls of the faithful in their charge with the most tender care and love. They protect our spiritual and our corporal life. They shield us from sudden dangers that threaten our lives or come to the rescue when some harm has befallen us. They help us by keeping the Devil away.
This truth is one of the best supported in scripture and tradition. In the Bible the Lord says, “I will send an angel ahead of you to protect you as you travel and bring you to the place which I have prepared. Pay attention to him and obey him. Do not rebel against him for I have sent him, and he will not pardon such rebellion. But if you do obey him, and do everything I command, I will fight against all your enemies” (Ex. 23: 20-22).
“God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones” (Psalm 91:11-12). “His angels guards those who honour the Lord and rescues them from danger” (Psalm 34:7).
Although their principle care is the salvation of souls, they extend their care to other aspects of our lives. They protect us from accidents and deliver us from evil when we have fallen. Scripture says that lest you should hurt yourselves against a stone, the Lord will send his angels round those who fear Him, and he will deliver them from all their tribulations (cf. Psalm 91:11-12).
Thank your angel for watching over you. Make a resolution to be in effective touch with the angels in your daily life.
I assure you of the constant daily prayers of the priests of the Congregation of St Michael the Archangel for all our readers and their families.
God bless you.
Fr Peter Prusakiewicz CSMA