Guardian angel assigned to me, or not!

guardian angel

I’m such an idiot. Even though I say the Guardian Angel prayer all the time, I’ve always payed attention to the last parts but not the introduction:

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, rule and guide. Amen.

So, up to now, I’ve always stayed with the common understanding always expressed with hesitancy (because it’s wrong) that Guardian Angels are assigned to us. Um… No!

We, instead, are assigned to Guardian Angels. When’s the last time you thanked your Guardian Angels for tolerating (with love of course) that we are assigned to them?

This paradigm shift in understanding sheds light on what I always knew, that it would be wrong and reckless and arrogant if we were to name our guardian angels like we might name a dog, something cute and fluffy to be sure, and also wrong to depict them as that which is all chiffon and wispy and cut and fluffy.

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By the way, they want to do whatever it takes to get us to heaven, which doesn’t necessarily include saving us from some earthly mortal danger. Just so you know.

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4 responses to “Guardian angel assigned to me, or not!

  1. pelerin

    Interesting. Having been a Catholic for more than 50 years now, when you last put up this prayer was the first time I had ever seen it. I see now why it would be wrong to give ones Guardian Angel a name.

  2. Remembering that we are members of the Church militant; we might find, useful to us, the relationship of a recruit assigned to a drill sergeant who is tasked with getting us prepared for duty. “Drop and give 20 (Hail Marys)!

    While It is known that each of us has a GA, I wonder how many of “us”, a GA has.

  3. Coincidentally, I just prayed to my guardian angel on the way home, thanking the angel for putting up with me, and asking for guidance in a number of decisions I seem to want (not need) to make.
    Fr. Chad Ripperger FSSP has a great (though) long talk about guardian angels.(don’t know if you allow links, Fr. George), but just in case, I will post Fr. Chad’s talk.:

  4. Father George David Byers

    Looks like too much code with that….

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