Then the devil went away,
and angels came and took care of Jesus.
– Matthew 4:11 (NLT)
…and angels came and took care of Jesus.
Christian tradition describes the guardian angels as powerful friends,
placed by God alongside each one of us, to accompany us on our way.
Our heavenly Father invites us to welcome these angels, who had a divine role in Jesus’ life,
to make friends with them,
and to seek their help.
It is common doctrine
that each and every person, baptised or not, has a guardian angel.
The angel’s mission begins with the conception of a person
and continues up to the moment of the person’s death.
St John Chrysostom affirms that
“all the guardian angels will gather together at the universal judgement
in order to bear witness themselves
to the ministry that they exercised through God’s command for the salvation of each person.”
We need to have faith in the intervention of the holy angels,
we need to have trust in them,
and we can do so by getting to know them in a natural and confident way.
We will be amazed at the help they give us in our struggle against the evil one!
St. Pope John Paul II encourages us:
“We receive valuable help from the good angels, messengers of God’s love.
We have been taught by the tradition of the Church to direct our prayer to them:
‘Angel of God, you are my guardian,
enlighten my mind, guard me, direct me and govern me,
for I have been entrusted to your celestial care. Amen.’”
Angel of God, you are my guardian,
enlighten my mind,
guard me, direct me and govern me,
for I have been entrusted to your celestial care. Amen.