Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

Have you entered into the sources of the sea, or walked about in the depths of the abyss?

Have the gates of death been shown to you, or have you seen the gates of darkness?

Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth?

The peace of the Lord be with you. The reading from Job offers a dialogue that continues to ponder the mysteries of God and creation. In response to a question from Job, God offers a series of questions that help Job to understand how very limited his understanding is of all that God created and maintains. Such an appropriate reading on the Memorial of Holy Guardian Angels. Here is what the Church teaches about these beings:

From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.

CCC 336

These beings not only seem to protect us from physical and spiritual harm, but they also guide us toward salvation. Guardian Angels are further evidence of God’s tender care for believer and non believer alike. May we thank our Triune God for these supernatural helpers and call upon their prayers in times of confusion and trouble.

The Angele Dei prayer:

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.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Friday, October 2, 2020