"...awaken and sharpen your realization of the invisible world about you,... foster a certain familiar acquaintance with the Angels, who are so constant in their solicitude for your salvation and holiness." Pope Pius XII

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Commonly Asked Questions
on the Angels

The short answer to this most asked of all questions about the angels is simply "no." For the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Sacraments of the Vatican stated in the document The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy of 2001, that "the practice of assigning names to the holy angels should be discouraged, except in the cases of St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and St. Michael, whose names are contained in Holy Scripture" (217).

We do well to reflect, then, that the term "Holy Guardian Angel" expresses very deeply our bond to the angel assigned to us by God for life. For just as there is only one woman and one man in this whole world who can respond to us when we say, "Mom" or "Dad", so too in all the choirs of angels, there is only one angel who can respond to us when we cry out, "Holy Guardian Angel, help me!"

That every baptized person has a Guardian Angel is clear from what St. Basil taught and the new Catechism of the Catholic Church reiterated, "Every one of the faithful has an angel standing at his side as educator and guide, directing his life" (cf. CCC 336). This passage does not state specifically that every human being, without exception, has a Guardian Angel. Nevertheless, in another passage, the Catechism stresses in no uncertain terms that "From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their [that is, the angels'] watchful care and intercession" (CCC 336).

In accord with this, the general teaching of theologians holds that not only every baptized person, but every human being has their own personal Guardian Angel which also teaches the recently published YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church), approved by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in 2010, "Every person receives from God a Guardian Angel" (n. 55). This view is biblically based and founded on the words of Our Lord in the Gospels, where He states emphatically to His disciples, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father Who is in heaven" (Mt 18:10). Moreover, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that the protection of the angels is a gift not only of grace, but also a gift to mankind in the order of nature. Finally, since each individual, based on their own free will, has a unique destiny, it is fitting that there be a one-on-one relationship with an angel. This same position was also taught by St. Gregory the Wonder Worker and St. Jerome, who held that every person has from birth their own special Guardian Angel.

St. Thomas Aquinas maintains that everyone receives a Guardian Angel at birth. Moreover, he states that the Guardian Angel of the mother guards her child while it is still in the womb. Other Fathers and Doctors of the Church, however, for example, St. Jerome and St. Basil the Great, believe that our Guardian Angel is assigned at baptism. St. Anselm, on the other hand, goes a step farther by stating that "every soul is committed to an angel when it is united with a body." In other words, he believes, along with some other saints and theologians, that everyone receives a Guardian Angel at conception. To sum up, then, there are three opinions about when our Guardian Angel may be assigned to us, namely, 1.) at conception, 2.) at birth, or 3.) or at baptism.

The fact, that every human person has a Guardian Angel excludes implicitly that we receive the Guardian Angel at baptism. It remains, then, a question open to speculation whether a human being receives the Guardian Angel at conception or birth. But since a person's life begins at the moment of conception, there is no reason for the angel to have to wait until the person is born. Considering the importance of prenatal care, it is reasonable to believe that the Guardian Angel would be want to be involved. It may also be true, that all benefit from the angelic assistance from the beginning of life according to the natural providence of God, and that in baptism a deeper supernatural bond with the holy angels arises.

Guardian Angel Stories

I wanted to share an Angel story with you. Recently, I was contacted by the person responsible for the Perpetual Adoration chapel at our parish. I told her I could make the 5 am holy hour on Tuesdays. One day, I was extremely tired, but my angel woke me up promptly at 4:30 am. I reluctantly got in the car and made my way to the chapel. When I arrived, there was a man in the chapel who made me very uncomfortable. So eventually, I went to the main church to finish my holy hour and then attended the 6 am Mass. As I left, I said to myself, I cannot do this anymore. My devotion was poor, I thought, and of no merit!

As I drove home, I was contemplating calling the lady back and telling her I could not take this hour. At the same time, I noticed I was making all the lights, so I would get home much earlier than usual. (I think this was part of God’s providence, because timing was crucial on this morning!) Just before I reached my house, I noticed a woman lying on the ground in the parking lot of the Baptist Church. Beside her was a bicycle on the ground. At first I thought she must have been doing some stretches. After having driven by and thinking about it some more, I thought it strange, so I went back to check on her. As I approached the church again, I now saw two men kneeling beside her. I pulled in, jumped out and ran towards them. I told them I was not a nurse, but was willing to help. Apparently, neither of the men were in the medical field either. One was on the phone with 911. I knelt down beside him and he handed me the phone.

The woman was having a seizure and foaming at the mouth. She was not breathing and her body was growing cold and stiff. I told the operator, and she asked me if I had ever done CPR. I told her no. She said she would tell me what to do and I was just to do it. I listened carefully to her instructions. We laid her on her back and the man held her neck, while I began pushing on her chest. She was still not breathing. Finally he put his hands by mine, I removed my hands and he pushed very hard. On the third attempt, she exhaled and opened her eyes. The first thing I could say was, “Thank God you’re alive!” She could not speak, but continued breathing. It was still several minutes before the ambulance arrived.

When I returned home, I was quite shaken. But my husband wisely brought to my attention, if I had not taken that holy hour, I would not have been there to help save that young woman’s life. Seeing her exhale and open her eyes is a sight I will never forget; it reminded me of seeing my children for the first time at birth. Praise God! Now even if I do not think my devotions merit any grace, I will be faithful to my holy hour. I thank my Guardian Angel for getting me out of bed and for prompting me to turn around and take the time to help someone.

~Marie

If you have an inspiring Angel story, you would be willing to share, please send it to contact@opusangelorum.org.

The Poverty which Brings Us Joy!
The feast of the love of God the Father for mankind draws ever nearer and our hearts feel more and more the call to, “Gaudete”, “Rejoice in the Lord!” It is the feast of the giving love of the heavenly Father, for the greatest thing He could give, He gave to us in His Son. And that DIVINE SON, who sits eternally on the Throne with the Father and the Holy Spirit, emptied Himself of His glory and splendor and became so small, as small as one can become, “an Infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Lk 2:12).

The Message of Fatima and the Priesthood
One hundred years ago, Our Lady spoke to three shepherd children at Fatima, “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to pray and sacrifice for them.” In our Crusade for Priests, we are dedicated to praying for priests, for good and holy priests, as well as for the tempted and falling. Many Crusaders offer their daily Rosary, their daily Crusade prayer, their Holy Mass and Holy Communion for priests. This is of great benefit to the Church! But do we realize that this is only half the battle?

“An angel from heaven appeared to Him” (Lk 22:43)
We come in the sequence of our “Meditations on the Angels in the Gospels” to “the Angel of Consolation” as Fr. John Hardon called him (Meditations on the Angels, Bardstown, Ky, 2006, 89). Among the many particular accounts in St. Luke’s Gospel there is one about the angel in Gethsemane.
The Lord, “through the eternal spirit, offered himself unblemished to God” (Hb 9:14). With this intention, Jesus went after the Last Supper, “to the Mount of Olives.” He wanted the disciples to be with him, and they “followed him” (Lk 22:39).

We are sincerely grateful

for all donations made toward our apostolate. Make checks payable to Opus Angelorum.
Check donations for the St. Gabriel Monastery and Mass Stipends should continue to be payable to the Order of the Holy Cross.
A weekly Holy Mass is offered in honor of St. Joseph for the intentions of our benefactors.
Opus Sanctorum Angelorum
164 Apollo Rd. SE • Carrollton, OH 44615
(330) 969-9900
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Rector: Father Ludwig M. Oppl, ORC

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