Here is this week's poll question: "Do you pray to your guardian angel?" To vote, see the poll in my sidebar.
This week's question, while related to last week's question, is often a very different thing for Catholics. It seems that most of us have our favorite saint that we pray to, but we don't give a whole lot of thought to our guardian angel. Some people don't even know what an angel is....or, they think they do, but they really don't!
Angels aren't chubby little babies with curly blonde hair, nor are they skinny princesses in long, flowing dresses. We don't become angels when we die, nor should we want to. Angels don't dance in fluffy clouds, and they don't play harps or flutes either. They are pure spirits, noncorporeal. There was a fall among them, just as their was among mankind, and those who did not remain faithful were banished from heaven with Lucifer, their leader.
The heavenly angels exist to give worship and adoration to God, and to do his will. In particular, a guardian angel is assigned to every human being, to protect him and guide him on the path that leads to God. As Eusebius puts it: "Fearing lest sinful mankind should be without government and without guidance, like herds of cattle, God gave them protectors and superintendents, the holy angels in the form of captains and shepherds" (Dem. Ev., 4, 6). They also pray with us, intercede for us, and take our prayers to God (cf. Rev 5:8; 8:2-4).
Being such powerful aids, it is a shame that they are so misunderstood and ignored. With my mind recently preoccupied by the saints, I couldn't help but say something about them. I too am guilty of neglecting my guardian angel. But, that they are real and we all have one is an article of our faith. We might as well make the most of them, these glorious creatures who always behold the face of God (cf. Mt 18:10).
As for last week's poll ("Do you pray to the saints?"), here are the results:
It's good to see that most of you pray to the saints. They are an amazing gift to us. With All Saints' Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls' Day (Nov. 2) right around the corner, may we petition the saints with confidence and humility, and pray for the souls in Purgatory who long for the prize that awaits them.
For more on the communion of saints, go here. For more on the heavenly angels, go here.