“We should then, my brothers, show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our co-heirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father. We are God’s children although it does not seem so, because we are still but small children under guardians and trustees, and for the present little better than slaves
Even though we are children and have a long, a very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear? They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray. They are loyal, prudent, powerful. Why then are we afraid? We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God’s heaven.”
What hit me about the reading today is that St Bernard is very okay with us having a relationship with our guardian angels. We sometimes think of them having a passive role just sort of being there to watch us. He sees them as having a far more active role–as if they are actively engaged in directing our steps, keeping us from danger, helping us to discern the way of God, helping us in time of temptation and assisting us in the spiritual journey on every step of the way.
I realize some Catholics are wary of us having too much to do with our guardian angels; they’re worried about all the weird New Age angel stuff. We shouldn’t let abuses undo right uses. Our guardian angels are there to help and guide us. We should not be worried about co-operating with them any more than we should be worried about praying to the saints and being aware of their presence. I’m sure if more of us were aware of our angelic guides and asked them to pray for us and guide us that we would make faster spiritual progress.I think we should especially ask their help when we are overwhelmed with temptation and the cares of the world.
Here’s why: it is so easy for us to forget the supernatural dimension of our lives. We get all wrapped up in the day to day cares of this physical world. We think that our spiritual journey is all about being more self disciplines, doing more good works, praying more, studying more and trying to overcome our weaknesses. We forget that the whole thing is a spiritual battle, and that beneath all the things we see is a world we do not see.We forget that God has a different plan and a different agenda. He’s working a different way and doing a different plan in our lives.
Being aware of the guardian angels, and invoking their care and involvement helps to remind us of the other dimension and helps us to bring that other dimension more alive in our everyday lives.St Bernard says we should show our affection for our guardian angels. I like that. Tell the guardian angel that you appreciate all that he’s doing for you and if there’s any way you can help, he should just let you know. Who knows, he might just make himself more well known to you. I did that once and my angel appeared and told me his name….but that’s another story.
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