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Someone to watch over me

Did you know you have a special guardian who loves you, guides you and protects you at every moment of your life? That guardian is your guardian angel.

As another sign of his bounteous love for each of us, God assigns each person an angel to watch over them and help lead them to heaven. At this very moment, your guardian angel is with you, and his sole concern is your eternal salvation.

The feast day of Guardian Angels Oct. 2 is a good opportunity to learn a little more about these heavenly guardians and renew our faith in their presence and action in our lives.

The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” tells us, “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their (the angels’) watchful care and intercession.” St. Basil goes further to spell out, “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life” (No. 336), clarifying that there aren’t just angels in general, but there is one beside each of us.

Before I entered seminary, I had the joy of being consecrated to my guardian angel. As I prepared myself in the months leading up to the consecration, I learned what a great friend I have in my angel, and how worthy he is of my trust and love. Angels are loyal, their only interest is you and your getting to heaven. As our friends, our angels also act as our guides and helpers through life; we can always turn to our angel in prayer and ask them for peace, guidance, protection, or any other favor we need. I have never been let down by my guardian angel; every time I have specifically asked him for assistance, he came through for me.

Let us pray often to our guardian angel and thank God for him. Here is a simple prayer you can use:

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.

Nypaver, who is from St. Rita Church in Alexandria, is in his second year of pre-theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019