Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Guardian Angel

The New Theological Movement, by Father Ryan Erlenbush:

I am sure that most of us have many questions about our angel and how he works in the world – but where shall we ever find answers? At this point in our journey, rather than becoming discouraged or running off to many other sources, it would be best to place ourselves at the feet of the Angelic Doctor and hear what he has to tell us. The following question and answer study of the guardian angels is based on the Summa Theologica I, qq.50-64 (angels in themselves) and qq. 106-114 (angels in relation to creatures). ST I, q.113, is particularly enlightening, since it is a question devoted wholly to the guardianship of angels over human beings.

Guardian AngelDo I have a guardian angel? Yes, every human being has a guardian angel.

When did I receive my angel guardian? At the moment of conception. Your angel was given to you even before the graces of baptism! This is because angels are given to human beings on account of our reason, not on account of baptismal grace.

Was my angel someone else’s guardian before mine? Probably not. Every human being receives one angel. It is, however, theoretically possible (though not at all likely) that an angel could be re-assigned if their first human was condemned to hell.

Will my angel guardian be with me in the next life? If you go to heaven, your angel will be with you in glory as an eternal companion and friend. If you go to hell, your angel will leave you and you will receive instead a demon who will torment you forever.

Did my guardian angel know me before I was born? Yes. Not only by a natural angelic knowledge, but also by a special knowledge given by God – your angel has known you from the moment of his entrance into heaven after his creation.

Is my guardian angel an archangel? Almost certainly not. It seems that guardian angels are all chosen from the lowest choir of angels, which is called “Angels”. The Archangels are above this choir and seem not to be employed as angel guardians. It is possible that a guardian angel would receive help and guidance from archangels, or even seraphim.

Is my guardian with me always? Yes, your angel always watches over you because God always guides you with his providence. An angel is locally present when he acts as a complete and immediate cause on a body; thus, at times your angel might even be locally present to you. In any case, your angel is always spiritually present to your soul; unless you are condemned to hell after death.

Do my sins make my angel sad? Not really. Your angel enjoys the perfect vision of God and so cannot be sad; for all who see God are perfectly happy.  Just as God wills to permit you to sin, so too your angel permits your fall – this does not make him sad, for takes joy in God’s plan. Still, it is likely that your angel experiences a general displeasure at your sins.

Does my guardian angel fight with demons in my behalf? Of course! Consider the book of Tobit; Raphael saved Tobias from the demons tormenting Sarah.

Can my guardian angel work with other guardian angels to accomplish something great? Yes, indeed. Padre Pio regularly sent his guardian angel to work with other’s angels. The angels rejoice to work together for our greater good.

Does my guardian angel contend with other guardian angels? Yes, in a certain sense. The various guardian angels work on the most immediate level of guiding the human race. Thus, though all the angel guardians are wholly devoted to God’s plan; it is possible that there would be temporary or partial contrary movements in the way this plan is actually carried out. St. Thomas offers this as an interpretation of the division between Gabriel and the angel of Persia in the book of Daniel. As the Angelic Doctor says, “Angels are said to resist one another; not that their wills are in opposition, since they are all of one mind as to the fulfillment of the Divine decree; but that the things about which they seek knowledge are in opposition.” (ST I, q.113, a.8)

Can my angel guardian affect the physical world around me? Yes. St. Gemma Galgani would regularly ask her guardian angel to mail letters for her – many letters were sent back and forth to her spiritual director while he was in Rome.

Can I name my guardian angel? Perhaps, but we must keep in mind that it belongs to a superior to name an inferior. Thus, it seems unfitting that a human being should name an angel.

Does my angel have a name? Most certainly, God has named all his angels – or perhaps the higher angels have named the lower ones.

How do I find out my guardian angel’s name? You could try asking. But it is also possible that it will not be revealed to you immediately. I should think that in heaven, we would all know guardian angels’ names.

Is it possible to get too devoted to your angel? So long as you keep in mind that your angel is an expression of God’s love and providence (and not a being to be considered in isolation), there is no danger in having a very strong devotion to your guardian angel.

Did Christ have a guardian angel? Yes, like every other human, Christ had a guardian angel. It is likely that his angel guardian was the highest of all the angels in the lowest choir of angels.

Will the anti-Christ have an angel guardian? If he is a human being, he will have an angel guardian. Even though he will be a great enemy of God, the Lord will still love him – the expression of this love is the gift of a guardian angel.

How many angels are there who could be potential guardians? There are incomparably more angels than human beings. Thus, even though angel guardians are only chosen from the lowest choir of angles, it is likely that that choir has far more angels in it than the number of humans who have been, are, or will be. The only limit to the number of angel guardians is the number of humans, not the number of angels.

Do have a question about your guardian angel that isn’t listed? Ask it in a comment!

All you holy angel guardians, pray for us!

October 2nd, The Feast of the Guardian Angels

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22 comments to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Guardian Angel

  • I’d like to add to my previous reply. The first thing we ask for when saying the Our Father prayer is “Thy kingdom come ” right after we say “Hallowed be Thy name” an act of worship. Seems to me that The kingdom of God is most important to pray for. We really need it to come about soon.Can’t imagin anything more important at this time, please check Google and find out all about this devotion, The nine angels is only one of the many gifts Jesus gives for the various prayer and novenas. Personally I find it Incredible!

  • Peter Meschio

    Would you like to have 9 more guardian angels? See the pamphlet “Jesus King of all Nations devotion” page 5.(introductory Pamphlet. The devotion is called Novena of Holy Communions. You don’t have to believe it, but Jesu’s word is good enough for me. PAM

  • Soly

    Thank you so much John Quinn…for posting the prayers to the Guardian Angels
    May God bless you immensely…

  • Tom Collick

    I must amend a statement. I do not believe all of them went to hell, but God has chained many who had sex with humans in hell for the final days. I do believe these have been released in the past year.

  • Martus

    God is Father, Son(Word) and Holy Spirit/Ghost

    Paul tells us that spirits can be angels and the most powerful of them is Michael whose name means “as God” and is in charge of God’s angels, Michael is Jesus’ angel, it was the Holy Spirit that joined with Jesus at His baptism.

    Man was made in the image of God
    Man is the source of his word which is carried out by his angel if permitted by God.

  • Patricia Anne Jamrog

    Many thanks Father

  • Cheryl Kellett

    I had asked what my Guardian Angel’s name was back in 1989 and got an answer two days later. His name was Timothy which means “Revering God”. That was interesting because every time, even on a trip, when visiting a Church and finding there was Adoration, I was overjoyed to spend time doing just that. I came to start up Adoration at my Church. I do believe that in what my angels name was, his mission was to guide me to a love of Adoration. It went on at my Church for four years until I moved. I also felt the devil wanted to kill me in the 1970s by car accidents but each was prevented (they would not have been my fault). My angel rescued me four different times where surely I would have died. Each was a true miracle. One instance was when I crested a hill and came to see what was coming up the hill from the other direction – a hay wagon and four cars behind it,a woods on my side of the road and a ditch, and on the opposite side of the road, where they were was a sheer drop off. I saw the last car in that row come onto my side to pass all the cars and hay truck. He was coming fast toward me when my angel told me clearly to not let up on the gas pedal. It was like playing chicken since I saw no visible way to avoid hitting him. I had a small 1977 Subaru compared to his large car, but I suddenly saw a narrow dirt driveway going into the woods between the ditches and found myself straddling this driveway without braking. Right at that moment his car was beside mine. Still not braking, I found myself right behind his bumper when I came back onto the road and continued down the hill. I’ll never forget the expression on the last driver’s face in that line of cars. He looked at me in total disbelief. My heart was not racing, either. I just continued on my way.

    One more incident I’d like to share was in the 1990s. I would go to my Church when no one was there and prostrate before the Tabernacle for maybe five to ten minutes. While doing so, I heard the Lord say, “Ask me to bless your Angel.” Somewhat perplexed, I obeyed His request and immediately felt what seemed both hands from my angel grab onto my shoulder as though for dear life because he was definitely getting blessed big time! My shoulder was shaken by him for at least 30 seconds. Never forgot that!

  • Denise

    yes, I send mine to other people all the time! They want you to ask them to do things like this!

  • Jose

    Can my Guardian Angel defeat all demons at the same time or dies he need to rely on stronger angelsHow do I know if an inspiration is From God,a Guardian Angel or the devil. Also do we all humans have the ability to request our Guardian Angel to be an Ambassador to other people guardian angel to have a happy outcome or is this just restricted to saints. Can I ask my Guardian Angel that although I know he can not intervene with my liberty to be very though expressful in order for me to restrain when I am stourbon

    • Tom Collick

      You can defeat all of the power of Hell at the same time. God has given each person that power. the Angels are here to help us keep God’s word and will guide us to His will and our path that God wills us to be on.
      Praise god and ask the guardians to unceasingly do the same.

  • Andrew Jenniskens

    What if someone has more than 1 guardian Angel, for example two guardian angels?

  • Jan

    I thought all the guardian angels were furloughed in 2007 when they closed Limbo.

  • lisag

    I have often thought how sad guardian angels are when the baby is aborted. I wonder if they given another soul?

  • Liz Blackwell

    What is the difference between guardian and arch angels? How should we pray to guardian angel? Please post a the guardian angel prayer.

    • Guardian Angel
      Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

      A Mother’s Prayer to the Guardian Angels of her children
      I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company.

      Prayer to Our Holy Guardian Angels
      Heavenly Father, Your infinite love for us has chosen a blessed angel in heaven and appointed him our guide during this earthly pilgrimage. Accept our thanks for so great ablessing. Grant that we may experience the assistance of our holy protector in all our necessities. And you, holy, loving angel and guide, watch over us with all the tenderness of your angelic heart. Keep us always on the way that leads to heaven, and cease not to pray for us until we have attained our final destiny, eternal salvation. Then we shall love you for all eternity. We shall praise and glorify you unceasingly for all the good you have done for us while here on earth. Especially be a faithful and watchful protector of our children. Take our place, and supply what may be wanting to us through human frailty, short-sightedness, or sinful neglect. Lighten, O you perfect servants of God, our heavy task. Guide our children, that they may become like unto Jesus, may imitate Him faithfully, and persevere till they attain eternal life.

      Another Prayer to the Guardian Angels
      My good Angel, Thou comest from heaven; God has sent thee to take care of me. Oh, shelter me under thy wings. Lighten my path, direct my steps. Do not leave me, stay quite near me and defend me against the spirit of evil. But above all come to my help in the last struggle of my life. Deliver my soul so that with thee it may praise, love and contemplate the goodness of God forever and ever.

      • Tom Collick

        Archangels are the second to lowest choir of Angels. Michael is of this choir and defeated Lucifer, who is a Seraphim, which is of the highest choir. Michael defeated Lucifer with one sentence. “Who is like God.” is what was stated and it invoked immediate response form God, thus the rebels were pushed out of Heaven and changed into the rebel angels they are today. I do not think they have yet gone to hell, as it does not state they have, but that the place was prepared for them at the end of time.

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