Our guardian angels do all that they can to help us, but since they are not omniscient it is up to us to expose our intimate thoughts to them by an act of free will.It is to our benefit to have no secrets to hide from him, because he is surely our best friend after God and Mother Mary.We cannot sensibly perceive our guardian angels, yet they are with us from the moment of our conception.
Our guardian angels’ tenderness is nearly above all words: “He fights for us and asks no thanks, but hides his silent victories and continues to gaze upon God” (Father Faber).
Until the morning of our resurrection we will not know from how many dangers he has delivered us, nor how much of our salvation is actually due to him.
His work is beyond the power of meriting, because his work is a work of love. Bernard comically teaches his disciples, “Always remember that you are in the presence of your guardian angel…Never do in the presence of your guardian angel what you would not do in my presence.” Continually reminding ourselves of their presence is an excellent means of overcoming temptation.
When you were a kid you were told that you have a mysterious spirit that supposedly floats around wherever you go.
You learned that this mysterious spirit was good and that he would keep you safe. In short, you and I learned that we have a lifelong companion whom we still know very little about. Our own guardian angels are chosen by God from the last of the nine choirs of the spirits of light.
They form part of the third hierarchy of angels of which the principalities and the archangels are also a part.Each guardian angel reflects God’s goodness in a particular way and they are ever ready to go wherever the will of God sends them.They are the guardians of our safety and salvation, and they obtain for us the grace of final perseverance.Catholic belief not only acknowledges the existence of guardian angels but, throughout most of Church history, asserts that every human during his lifetime has its own guardian angel not assigned to anyone else.This is true for Christians and non-Christians alike, whether they are in grace or in sin.The ministry of the guardian angels consists in extensive duties: warding off dangers to body and soul, removing occasions of sin and helping us to overcome temptation, preventing Satan from suggesting evil thoughts, inspiring and fostering in us holy thoughts and pious desires, offering to God our prayers and praying for us, correcting us if we sin, helping us in the agony of death, strengthening and comforting us, and conducting our souls to heaven or to purgatory to console us there.