Holy Guardian Angel

Today (October 2) is the Catholic feast of the Holy Guardian Angel.

Here is the collect for this day, from The New Marian Missal (1961):

O God, who in Thine unspeakable Providence hast deigned to send Thy holy Angels to keep watch over us: grant to us Thy suppliant people, that we may always be defended by their protection, and may rejoice in their fellowship for evermore. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, One God, world without end. Amen.

The twentieth century Catholic hermeticist Valentin Tomberg suggested that the angels love us and continually watch over us, but are so respectful of our freedom that they will never intervene in our affairs unless we ask them to. I think that’s a lovely thought, and also suggests a bit about how Divine Love and Grace function in our lives.

So, in honor of this feast day, acknowledge your angel. Ask your angel to bring blessings in your life — not for yourself, of course, but as a means for you to bring blessings to other.

After all, blessings received and then shared with others are blessings multiplied.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.