guardian angel

Guardian AngelArticle

An angel who is assigned by God to watch over and care for a man during his life upon earth. The general doctrine that angels are thus deputed to protect men in their pathway through life is a matter of Catholic faith, clearly expressed in Scripture. Moreover, theologians commonly teach that every member of the human race at the moment when the soul is infused into the body, is entrusted to the keeping of an individual angel; and that this angel remains his guardian until death, whether the child grows into sinner or saint, pagan or Christian. The guardian angels are selected generally from the lowest choir of angels. A feast in their honour, kept locally in the 16th century, was extended to the Universal Church by Pope Paul V in 1608.

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Our weakness is such that, if the guardian angels had not been given to us, we could not resist the many and powerful attacks of the evil spirits. For this purpose, we had need of a higher nature. That is why God has taken these spirits out from among His treasures, and has given through them an aid to human weakness, so that this divine assistance might help us against the powers of this world of darkness to attain the heritage of salvation. Saint Hilary of Poitiers

Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life. Saint Basil the Great

An angel is put in charge of every believer, provided we do not drive him out by sin. He guards the soul like an army. Saint Basil the Great

We pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians. Saint Ambrose of Milan

So valuable to heaven is the dignity of the human soul that every member of the human race has a guardian angel from the moment the person begins to be. Saint Jerome

Our deeds are daily, both day and night, reported to the Lord by the angels assigned to us. Saint Benedict of Nursia

They are the guardians of the divisions of the earth; they are set over nations and regions allotted to them by their Creator. They govern all our affairs and bring us help. And the reason surely is that they are set over us by the divine will and command and are ever in the vicinity of God. Saint John of Damascus

The world of pure spirits stretches between the Divine Nature and the world of men. Because Divine Wisdom has ordained that the higher should look after the lower, angels execute the divine plan for human salvation: They are our guardians, who free us when hindered and help to bring us home. Saint Thomas Aquinas

If you find it impossible to pray, hide behind your good angel and charge him to pray in your stead. Saint John Mary Vianney

When tempted, invoke your angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your guardian angel. Saint John Bosco

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  • “guardian angel”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 May 2018. Web. 18 December 2018. <>