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Angels of God: The Bible, the Church and the Heavenly Hosts by Mike Aquilina

Angels of God: The Bible, the Church and the Heavenly Hosts by Mike Aquilina

Author:Mike Aquilina [Aquilina, Mike]
Language: eng
Format: epub, mobi
ISBN: 9781616362157
Publisher: Servant Books
Published: 2011-08-10T04:00:00+00:00


Get the Most From Your Guardian Angel

So if we know that there really are guardian angels, what do we do with that knowledge? What should it mean to us?

First, the example of Jesus’ temptation teaches us that we shouldn’t take stupid chances and expect our guardian angels to keep us out of trouble. The guardian angels do what they can, but we have free will. If we decide to do something really stupid, the guardian angels may defer to our decision.

But if we sincerely want to do the right thing, the angels can help us. So we should cultivate a devotion to the guardian angels. They’re powerful spiritual beings who want us to succeed at being good. They want us to end up in heaven.

Just remembering that our guardian angels are always there is a good way to keep ourselves on the right path. We tend to behave better when we know someone’s watching. And our angels are always watching.

Our angels can be immensely helpful too in everyday life. We can call upon our own angel as well as the angels of those around us — our family members, coworkers, neighbors and even our adversaries. (The section at the end of the book includes some traditional prayers to the angels. Try them out!)

If you’re married, for example, it’s useful to know that your spouse’s angel wants you to succeed in creating a happy home. You can ask for the help of your honey’s angel.

If you’re a parent, it’s helpful to keep in mind that your children have guardian angels, and those angels want you to succeed at parenting. So when you’re beginning to lose patience, ask your own guardian angel to help you. If the situation keeps getting worse, call on your kids’ guardian angels as well. In fact, the system works best if you greet each child’s angel (silently, in your heart) each time the child strolls into your presence.

Saint Josemaría suggested that guardian angels can be a big help in evangelization too. “Win over the guardian angel of the one you want to draw to your apostolate. He is always a great ‘accomplice.’”27

Think of all the people who most need your Christian witness: a son or daughter? a son-in-law? a daughter-in-law? an estranged friend? a former colleague? What’s the best way to begin to reach them? Well, each of them has a guardian angel who’s eager to help!

The main thing is to be aware of the angels around you — and get in the habit of calling upon them for little favors. Invoke them silently as you begin each conversation, as you dial the phone, as you start to reply to an e-mail. Ask them to give you the right words. Ask them to help you avoid words that can damage your relationships and compromise your Christian witness.

And don’t stop asking the angels to keep you safe and healthy! Go ahead and call upon your angel every time you start your car or cross a busy street. We can’t help but be self-

interested; it’s our nature.



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