"We celebrate the angels, guardians of men, whom our heavenly Father has given us as companions, lest our weak nature should be overcome by the snares of our enemies."
-The Liturgical Year
Anecdotes - Sermonettes for Children's Mass
By: Rev. Frederick A. Reuter
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THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS The Guardians of Our Life
How good God is to us! He gives each one of us an angel to stay with us at all times and to help us save our souls. Our guardian angels are with us in church and where ever we go they go with us.
In your Bible history you have learned about Jacob's ladder, which reached from earth to heaven, and how the great patriarch saw in a dream the angels going up and down. Our angels do the same with us in the house of God. They take our prayers to God, and then they return with the graces obtained from Him. But if it happens that God does not hear our prayers, it is not the fault of the guardian angel, but our own. How often do we pray in church without devotion! Should our guardian angel present our prayers to God and ask Him to hear them? Should we not expect that God would refuse them? Do not forget, as often as you are in church, that you are in holy company, and that your guardian angels surround and watch you.
God was pleased to permit St. Frances to see see her guardian angel. He seemed to her to be a child of about seven years of age, full of beauty and dazzling purity, his eyes always turned towards heaven. When Satan came to tempt her, the angel looked on her with affection and whispered to her words of courage, which strengthened her against him. When she fell into any fault the angel turned away and his face grew sad; but soon as she repented he returned full of joy, and when any one offended God in the presence of St. Frances, she saw the angel cover his face with his hands, as if to show his horror at seeing God offended.
Although you cannot see your guardian angel, as St. Frances did, yet he is ever at your side, helping you in your temptations and inspiring you to do good. How many in the hour of danger have been protected from harm by their guardian angel! How many have, by following their guidance, obtained the crown of glory in heaven!
The angels are strictly commanded by God to follow us where ever we go and to protect us. Our guardian angels do this gladly for God's sake, because His will is everything to them, and for their own sake, because they ardently desire that we should occupy the place of the bad angels who were cast into hell. Now as the holy angels watch over us, we should behave properly and live as not to offend them. Children, on the day of judgement, our guardian angel will appear near the judgement-seat of God; so live that he will be your defender and friend and not your accuser and enemy. Never forget the presence of your guardian angel; carefully guard against injustice and sin, that you may not make yourself unworthy of his protection. At all times be pious and holy, and the guardian angel will look down upon you with pleasure and always love you.
A saintly old man, being asked one day why he was always happy and never angry, answered: "I always keep in my mind the presence of my guardian angel, who is at my side and assists me in all my wants, who always whispers to me what I ought to say and what god wishes me to do, and who writes down the manner in which I have performed every one of my actions. This thought fills me with so much respect for him that I am always careful never to say or do anything that may displease him."
My dear boys and girls, we often feel within us a strong desire to do evil. The devil will always try and make us believe that the thing to do to which he entices us will not be hurtful, but good for us. Our guardian angel then raises his voice and cries out to us: "Do not do it, it is sinful. You will offend God and make yourself unhappy for time and eternity." Your friends often coax you to visit this or that place, to go with certain people, to enjoy some pleasure, under the mistaken idea that there is nothing wrong in it. But our guardian angel protests against these things and says: "No, no; keep away form all such things; you are running the risk of losing your innocence and virtue, as have thousands before you." Such is the care with which the holy guardian angel watches over your soul and mine that we may not fall into the hands of our enemies and be lost.
Once there was a priest who came from a rich family, but who served for many years as a porter in a monastery. As the end of his life drew near the devil tempted him to leave the monastery, where he had never enjoyed any of the comforts of life, and to return home to spend the last of his days in ease and luxury. The tempter even succeeded in making him prepare to leave the monastery. But the night before he was to go away his guardian angel appeared to him and brought him to a cemetery, where he opened a grave of a man who had died a few days before. The angel said to him: "Behold you will soon be as this corpse." The sight of the corpse and the earnest words of the angel produced so deep an effect on the priest that he at once gave up all thought of leaving the monastery and spent the rest of his days in the fervent service of God.
We are all children of the same heavenly FAther. The angels and saints are our friends and brethren. They are willing to help us and they are also able to do so, for their prayers have great power with God. Who can doubt it, my dear children, since they are the friends of God, and ever stand in His divine Presence? Is it possible that the Great King of heaven will refuse to those blessed spirits who have been faithful to Him from their creation, especially when they plead for those who are His children, too, and for whom His divine Son died to save?
In many parts of Holy Scripture we find the angels mentioned as pleading before the throne of God for the sake of men. The prophet Zachary says that the angel who appeared to him pleaded at the throne of God for mercy on the Jews. And St. John tells us that he saw the angels offering up the prayers of the faithful servants of God upon the golden altar. From these and other parts of Holy Scripture, it is clearly showing that the angels know our wants, offer up our prayers, and themselves plead for us before God.
My dear children, let us shun sin; for as smoke drives away doves, and bad odor the bees, so does sin drive away our angels, the guardians of our life. Let us willingly follow their guidance and serve God with fervor, as they do, so that after this life we may have the happiness of being united with them in heaven and of praising God with them forever.
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"How comforting is the thought that, amid life's dangers and temptations, a celestial Spirit is ever at our side, to guide and defend us from harm and to lead us safely to our home above!"
Just days after celebrating the Feast of St. Michael comes the great feast of the Holy Angel Guardians! After a little snippet about the Guardian Angels we have a few Feast Day activities and also another book give away!
Our Heavenly Companions
By: The Holy Rule of St. Benedict
Your Best Friend
O YOU know who is your best and and most faithful friend? It is one whom God Himself has placed at your side as a life-companion - a Prince from His own heavenly court -your Guardian Angel. God in His goodness has appointed him to guide and protect you through life and to lead you safely to your eternal home.
From the very beginning of your existence your Guardian Angel has been concerned about you. He rejoiced when you were born into the world, just as a good mother rejoices over the birth of her child. From the day of your baptism you became ever dearer to your Guardian Angel - ever more loved by him. Day and night he watched at your cradle. He led you as you took your first steps. He cared for you with most tender love when danger threatened. He grieved when you committed sin as if he himself had received the greatest injury, and he left you no peace until you became reconciled with God by a good confession. He has watched and prayed with you in hours of distress. He has rejoiced with you in days of prosperity. On the day of your First Holy Communion he was the bridal attendant of your soul. As often as you have received the Bread of Angels, he has rejoiced to accompany you to the Holy Table. He it was who prayed for you especially when the hand of the bishop anointed you as a soldier of Christ in the sacrament of confirmation.
Your Guardian Angel is your best counselor. Particularly will he assist young boys and girls, in the choice of a vocation. He will shield you amid the dangers of the world. If you can call upon him, he will help you to find the life-companion whom God has destined for you. He will ever remain at your side, so that you may faithfully and conscientiously fulfill the duties of your state in life. If God had called you to the religious life or to the holy priesthood, your Guardian Angel will protect you from the temptations of the world and help you to preserve your virginal purity, to offer it to God at the altar by your holy vows; or to offer the sacred Body of Christ with unstained hands and holy lips as a priest of the Most High.
In short, your Guardian Angel is your companion in all the circumstances of life - your friend in good as well as evil days. He will one day assist you in a very special manner - when you enter into life's last conflict. Then he will fight with you and for you, until you have won the battle and your heart is at rest. But not even then will he leave you - there were every other, even the best of friends must leave - on the threshold of eternity. When the light of earth fades away and the brightness of eternity bursts upon you, your Guardian Angel will present your soul before the tribunal of God and faithfully plead your cause. What is more, if you require purification in the flames of purgatory, your holy Angel will visit and console you. He will bring before God's throne the good works that are performed for you on earth, and he himself will intercede for you. Finally, when your time of purgation is ended, he will joyfully bring you word of your release from the flames of purgatory and will lead you to the blissful kingdom of heaven. But to benefit by the presence of this heavenly companion you must be docile to his inspirations and never turn away from this holy Angel who is your guide and your protector.
Today's reading was taking from the book Our Heavenly Companions
. In honor of the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels we are giving away two copies of this wonderful book, so generously reprinted by Refuge of Sinner's Publishing
!To enter: Please leave a comment on this blog post between today (Oct. 2nd) and the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary on Oct. 7th 2012. The entries will close at Midnight Oct. 7th and winners will be announced with our Holy Rosary book give - a-way winners. As always, please share with others so as to spread the love of our Holy Guardian Angels. Have a blessed feast day!
The Willson family has but out another lovely edition of their newsletter! They have really out done themselves this time, it is just beautiful and full of information for the month of the Holy Rosary. We will be sharing parts of it here on the blog throughout the month of October along with a special give-away of books on the Holy Rosary!In this edition you will not only find a most beautiful coloring picture of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary but also a maze,
Little Poor Man of Assisi, Personal Bodyguards, Children’s Sermon, Honor the King, Blessed Virgin’s Rose Garden
and much more. Visit the Willson's new website, Crusaders for Christ, to download this months edition!
A dear friend of mine and her children put out a lovley newsletter every so often as part of their homeschool classes. Also so that they can share all the wonderful old books and resources that they have stored up in their library over the years. She has given me permission to share it here with you. Please enjoy the October 2011 copy of St. Catherine's Acadamy Gazette. God bless! And Thank you to the Willson family!!
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This Sunday is the Feast of the Most Holy Guardian Angels, God loved us enough to give us our own special protector on our journey towards Heaven. Visit our page for this feast day for more readings on the Guardian Angels and some activities/recipes for celebrating this feast day. Please enjoy the article below and may you have a most Blessed feast day this Sunday!
The Liturgical Year Time After Pentecost Book VBy: Dom Gueranger Impr. 1927
Although the solemnity of September 29 celebrates the praises of all the nine glorious choirs, yet the piety of the faithful, in the latter ages, desired to have a special day consecrated to the Guardian Angels. Several churches having taken the initiative, and kept the feast under various rites and on different days, Paul V (1608) authorized its celebration ad libitum
. Clement X (1670) established it by precept as a feast of double right (It has been a greater double since 1883) on October 2, the first free day after Michaelmas, on which it thus remains in some way dependent.
It is of faith, on the testimony of the Scriptures and of unanimous tradition, that God commits to His angels the guardianship of men, who are called to contemplate Him together with these blessed spirits in their common fatherland. Catholic theology teaches that this protection is extended to every member of the human race, without any distinction of just and sinners, infidels and baptized. To ward off dangers; to uphold man in his struggle against the demons; to awaken in him holy thoughts; to prevent him from sinning, and even, at times, to chastise himl to pray for him, and present his prayers to God: such is the office of the guardian Angel. So special is his mission, that one angel does not undertake the guardianship of several persons simultaneously; so diligent is his care, that he follows his ward from the first day to the last of his mortal existence, receiving the soul as it quits this life, and bearing it from the feet of the sovereign Judge to the place it has merited in heaven, or to its temporary sojourn in the place of expiation and purification.
It is from the lowest of the nine choirs, the nearest to ourselves, that the Guardian Angels are for the most part selected. God reserves to the Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones the honour of forming His own immediate court. The Dominations, from the steps of His throne, preside over the government of the universe; the Virtues watch over the course of nature's laws, the preservation of species, and the movements of the heavens; the Powers hold the spirits of wickedness in subjection. The human race in its entirety, as also its great social bodies, the nations and the churches, are confided to the Principalities; while the Archangels, who preside over smaller communities, seem also to have the office of transmitting to the Angels the commands of god, together with the love and light which come down even to us from the first and highest hierarchy. O the depths of the wisdom of God! Thus, then, of heavenly spirits terminates in the function committed to the lowest rank, the guardianship of man, for whom the universe subsists. Such is the teaching of the School (Suarez. De Angelis, lib vi. cap. xviii, 5); and the apostle, in like manner, says: "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them, who shall receive the inheritance of salvation? (Heb. i. 14.)"
but God, magnificent as He is towards the whole human race, honours in a special manner the princes of His people, those who are most favoured by His grace, or who rule the earth in His name; the saints testify, that a supereminent perfection, or a higher mission in Church or State, ensures to the individual the assistance of a superior spirit, without the angel that was first deputed being necessarily removed from his charge. Moreover, with regard to the work of salvation, the Guardian Angel has no fear of being left alone at his post; at his request, and at God's command, the troops of his blessed companions, who fill heaven and earth, are ever ready to lend him their aid. These noble spirits, acting under the eye of God whose love they desire to second by all possible means, have secret alliances between them, which sometimes induce between their clients, even on earth, unions the mystery whereof will be revealed i nthe light of eternity.
"How profound a mystery," says Origen, "is the apportioning of souls to the angels destined for their guardians! It is a divine secret, part of the universal economy centered in the Man-God. Nor is it without ineffable order that the ministries of earth, the many departments of nature, are alloted to the heavenly Virtues; fountains and rivers, winds and forests, plants, living creatures of land and sea, whose various functions harmony together by the angels directing them all to a common end. (Origen. in Josue, Hom. xxiii.).
Again, on these words of Jeremias: How long shall the land mourn? (Jerem. xii. 4.) Origen, supported by the authority of his translator St. Jerome, continues: (Origen. in Jerem Hom. X. juxta Hieron. vii) "It is through each one of us that the earth rejoices or through each one of us that the earth rejoices or mourns; and not only the earth, but water, fire, air, all the elements; by which name we must here understand not insensible matter, but the angels who are set over all things on earth. There is an angel of the land, who, with his companions, mourns over our crimes. There is an angel of the waters to whom are applied the words of the psalm: They waters saw Thee, and they were afraid, and the depths were troubled; great was the noise of the waters; the clouds sent out a sound, for Thy arrows pass." (Ps. 1xxvi. 17,18)
How grand is nature viewed in this light! It is thus the ancients, more truthful as well as more poetical than our generation, always considered the universe. Their error lay in adoring these mysterious powers, to the detriment of the only God, under whom they stoop that bear up the world. (Job ix. 13)
"Air, and earth and ocean, everything is full of angels," says St. Ambrose (Ambr. in Psalm, cxviii) 'Eliseus, besieged by a whole army, felt no fear; for he legion, not terrify thee; thou thinkest thyself hemmed in, and thou art free: there are more with us than with them." (iv Kings vi. 10)
But let us return to our own specially-deputed angel, and meditate on this other testimony: "The noble guardian of each one of us sleeps not, nor can he be deceived. Close thy door, and make the darkness of night; but remember, thou art never alone; he has no need of daylight in order to see thy actions." And who is it that speaks thus? Not a father of the Church, but a pagan, the slave philosopher Epictetus (Ap. Arrian. Diss 1. 14).
In conclusion, let us listen to the Abbot of Clairvaux, who here gives free rein to his eloquence: "In every place show respect to thy angel. Let gratitude for his benefits incite thee to honour his greatness. Love this thy future coheir, the guardian appointed for thee by the Father during thy childhood. For though we are sons of God, we are as yet but children, and long and dangerous is our journey. But God hath given His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk; and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon. (Ps. xc. 11-13) Yes; where the road is smooth enough for a child, they will content themselves with guiding thee, and sustaining thy footsteps, as one does for children. But if trials threaten to surpass thy strength, they wil bear thee up in their hands. Oh those hands of angels! Thanks to them, what fearful straits we have passed through, as it were without thinking, an with no other impression left upon us, than that of a nightmare suddenly dispelled!" (Bern. in Psalm xc Sermon xii)
And in his commentary on the Canticle of canticles, St. Bernard thus describes the triumph of the angel: "One of the companions of the Souse, sent from heaven to the chose soul as mediator, on witnessing the mystery accomplished, how he exults, and says: I give thee thanks, O God of majesty, for having granted the desire of her heart!" Now it was he that, as a perserving friend, hand not ceased, on the way, to murmur into the soul's ear: "Delight in the Lord, and He will give thee the requests of thy heart;" and again: "Expect the Lord, and keep His way"; and then: "If He make any delay, wait for Him, for He will surely come and will not tarry." Meanwhile he represented to our Lord the soul's desire, saying: "As the heart panteth after the fountians of water, so this soul panteth after Thee, I god; have pity on her, hear her cries, and visit her in her desolation." And now the faithful paranymph, the confidant of ineffable secrets, is not jealous. He goes from the Spouse to the bride, offering desires, bringing back gifts; he incites the one, he appeases the other. Sometimes, even in this world, he brings them into each other's presence, either by raising up the bride in ecstasy, or by bringing down the Bridegroom; for he is one of the household, and well known in the palace; and he fears no rebuff, for ever day he beholds the face of the Father." (Bernard. in Cant. Sermon xxxi)