Guardian Angels and Saints

“God not only extends His own special and loving protection to those who are in a state of grace, but He gives them His Angels to watch over them. ‘The Angels of the Lord,’ Scripture tells us, ‘shall encamp around those that fear Him.’ That we should give them all honour and reverence seems most fitting.”

“They know better than we the height to which grace has raised our soul, and our dignity as true children and spouses of the King of Glory. They recognize in us the supernatural image of God and the temple of the Holy Ghost. Is it astonishing, therefore, that they willingly help to guard the sacred treasure of Divine grace within us?”

“The Apostle teaches, they are ‘ministering spirits sent to minister to them who shall receive the inheritance of salvation.’ True, they imitate our heavenly Father in extending their care also to the preservation of our earthly goods, and in protecting us from temporal evils; but this they do because we are by grace children of God, and they do so only in so far as our temporal welfare conduces to our heavenly destiny.”

“The guardianship of the holy Angels, and the example of the Saints, are amongst the means God has given us to tread the pathway of life securely. The enemy seeks to tempt us, as he did our Divine Saviour, with the three idols of riches, pleasure, and power, before which the vast majority of men bow down and adore. The Angel by our side is ever whispering to us that not in such things can true happiness be found; and the Saints by their example show us how to tread those idols under foot. ‘Thou hast made us for Thyself,’ exclaims the great St. Augustine, ‘and our hearts can never rest till they rest in Thee.'”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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