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Do you know what your guardian angel can do for you?

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We should remember to call on this heavenly help, which is always with us on earth.

See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him” (Exodus 23:20-21).

Guardian angels bring the people entrusted to them closer to God and are charged with their physical and spiritual well-being. Each guardian angel is a protector, a teacher, a friend, and a guide all in one. So, what role do they play in our daily lives?

The protector and adviser in our everyday life

Specifically, the mission of our guardian angels consists in helping us resist temptations. In particular, we can call on them to preserve our minds from terrible and obsessive thoughts. Both angels of light and darkness can impact our mood, sparking ideas or arousing passions. But they have no access to our souls, which are the temple of God.

Our guardian angels advise and encourage us as we accomplish our daily work. The French philosopher Jacques Maritain wrote: “When a sudden (and good) inspiration comes to us, it might be of a purely natural origin. But more often than not, it has been whispered into our ear by a guardian angel.”  

When a guardian angel plays the role of a communication facilitator

Finally, our guardian angels can accomplish missions involving other people. Pope Pius XI once said that, “When it happens that we must talk to someone particularly hard to convince, and that our language needs to be more persuasive, we call on our guardian angel. We charge him with the task and ask him to intervene with the guardian angel of the person we are to meet. The understanding thus established between the two angels makes the conversation much easier.” 

Father Nicolas Buttet

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