In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Heavenly Father, as we gather on this fifth day of our novena to the Guardian Angels, we continue to seek their guidance and intercession. May their presence be a source of comfort and strength for us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scriptural Reading and Meditation:
Read and meditate on Matthew 18:10:
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
Meditate on the idea that Guardian Angels are assigned to each of us from the moment of our birth. They are intimately connected to God’s divine plan for our lives. Reflect on the innocence and trust of children and how our own faith should resemble this childlike trust in God and His providence. Just as Guardian Angels watch over children, they also guide and protect us throughout our lives, no matter our age. Visualize your Guardian Angel as a radiant and faithful companion, always in God’s presence, and always by your side, guiding and protecting you with love and dedication. Here are some reflections to consider:
- Proximity to the Divine Presence: Imagine your Guardian Angel standing in the glorious presence of God the Father, continually beholding His radiant face. Picture the serenity and awe in your angel’s demeanor as they gaze upon the divine countenance. This closeness to God signifies the intimate bond between your Guardian Angel and the Creator.
- Constant Vigilance: Contemplate the constant vigilance of your Guardian Angel. They never lose sight of God’s face, implying their ceaseless attention and dedication to their heavenly mission. This commitment to watch over you and intercede on your behalf is a clear proof of their love and care.
- Advocates for the Vulnerable: Jesus’ words in this verse emphasize the importance of not despising “one of these little ones.” Reflect on how your Guardian Angel serves as your advocate before God, especially in moments of vulnerability. Just as they stand in God’s presence, they stand by your side, ensuring that you are not overlooked or neglected.
- Childlike Faith and Trust: Consider the childlike faith and trust symbolized by the little ones mentioned in the verse. Visualize your Guardian Angel encouraging you to approach God with the innocence and trust of a child. They guide you to cast aside fear and doubt, knowing that you are under the loving care of the heavenly Father.
- Constant Presence: Reflect on the comforting idea that your Guardian Angel is always with you, even when you are not consciously aware of their presence. They are a constant companion, watching over you, and connecting you to the divine realm.
- Prayer and Intercession: Ponder how your Guardian Angel’s closeness to God enables them to intercede on your behalf. They bring your needs, desires, and concerns before the heavenly throne, knowing that God listens to their pleas on your behalf.
As you meditate on this verse, express your gratitude to your Guardian Angel for their unceasing presence and advocacy in your life. Recognize the gift of having a celestial being always seeking your well-being. Know that he is always by your side, ready to guard and guide you on your life’s journey.
(Now, if you have just ONE favour per day to ask your guardian angel, what would that be? ASK him! JUST ONE…)
Short Litany to the Guardian Angels:
Holy Guardian Angels, protectors of our souls, Pray for us
Faithful companions on our earthly journey, Pray for us
Guiding us with wisdom and love, Pray for us
Interceding for us before the throne of God, Pray for us
Defenders against the snares of the enemy, Pray for us
Comforters in times of fear and doubt, Pray for us
Bringing us God’s messages and inspirations, Pray for us
Leading us closer to Jesus, Pray for us
Watching over us day and night, Pray for us
My dear guardian angel, help us to recognize your presence and guidance in our lives. Amen
Improving Our Closeness and Friendship with Our Guardian Angels:
Take a moment to reflect on how you can improve your relationship with your Guardian Angel. Consider how you can be more aware of their presence and guidance in your daily life. This may include praying to them more frequently, asking for their help in specific situations, or simply acknowledging their presence with gratitude. In this very context, utilize this moment to thank your guardian angel for offering that ONE petition you asked him to God. Thank him for interceding for you as your closest friend. Thank God in faith for the answered prayer, and believing God for your testimonies.
Prayer to our Guardian Angels:
Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
To whom God’s love commits me here,
Ever this day/night be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
Heavenly Father, as we conclude this fifth day of our novena, we are grateful for the reminder from your Son, Jesus, that our Guardian Angels are always in your presence, watching over us with love and care. Help us to approach life with the trust and innocence of children, knowing that our Guardian Angels guide and protect us. We thank you for this gift of protection and guidance and ask for the grace to listen to their whispers of wisdom and encouragement. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Even if I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, the Lord is with me, He has sent my guardian angel to minister, guard, and protect me…
Through the intercession of our guardian angels, may the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
© Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Loreto, Vila Medeiros, São Paulo
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