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Monday October 2 - Feast of the Guardian Angels

The disciples asked Jesus who is the great in the Kingdom of heaven.  Jesus called a little child to himself and said, "It is to such as these that the kingdom of Heaven belongs."  So on one level he is saying that unless you accept him with child like innocence, you will not be able to enter the Kingdom of heaven. "Unless you become like a little child ... " Jesus is not saying that we need to regress in our maturity but that we need to trust him unconditionally as we trusted our parents when we were young.   

On another level, Jesus is taking into his arms and using as an example of great value the least valuable in his society at the time.  Children were not viewed with such love and responsibility in those days.  So what Jesus was telling his disciples and us is that we need to care for all people, especially those who are most vulnerable and at risk.  Today the most glaring example of people at risk are the unborn... children in the womb. Based on national statistics, they are the most at risk of death from another human being than any other group - 51, 800,000 legally induced abortions in the US between 1970 and 2013 according to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA.

"Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them; it is to such as these that the Kingdom of heaven belongs.

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Guardian Angels


Today we celebrate God’s messengers who protect each and every one of us. We read about them throughout the Bible. Angels delivered special messages from God, protected people from dangers and rescued them. In chapter 12 of the New Testament Acts of the Apostles, we read how St. Peter was set free from his chains and led out of prison by an angel. The Church has taught for many centuries that human life is under the watchful care of angels from infancy until death.

The picture of a guardian angel that we often see is an angel protecting two little children as they cross a small bridge. In reality, angels are spirits and do not have bodies as humans do. That is why we cannot see our guardian angel, who never leaves our side! In 1608, Pope Paul V added today’s feast to the calendar of saints and celebrations. It is very encouraging to know that we each have an angel guarding and protecting us. Our guardian angel is a gift from our loving God.

We can say this brief prayer often throughout the day: Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love entrusts me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen

 

 

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