"We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen; he will hear our sighs." -- Saint Augustine
(Scripture Text: Psalm 91: 1-11)
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shade of the Almighty,
Say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress,
my God in whom I trust.”
He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare,
from the destroying plague,
He will shelter you with his pinions,
and under his wings you may take refuge;
his faithfulness is a protecting shield.
You shall not fear the terror of the night
nor the arrow that flies by day,
Nor the pestilence that roams in darkness,
nor the plague that ravages at noon.
Though a thousand fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
near you it shall not come.
You need simply watch;
the punishment of the wicked you will see.
Because you have the LORD for your refuge
and have made the Most High your stronghold,
No evil shall befall you,
no affliction come near your tent.
For he commands his angels with regard to you,
to guard you wherever you go.
Our lives are so precious to God that He has created and assigned an angel specifically for each one of us. "Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life" (Catechism, 336). The Lord says: "My angel is with you, and he is the custodian of your lives" (Bar 6:6).
Your guardian angel is:
1. focused constantly on Jesus (Mt 18:10; Jn 1:51). "Christ is the center of the angelic world" (Catechism, 331). Your angel's life revolves around Jesus (Jn 1:51).
2. devoted to your personal welfare and care (Ps 91:11; Bar 6:6). God specifically declares: "I am sending an angel before you" (Ex 23:20).
Your angel is constantly beholding the face of Christ. This gives your angel a privileged position to instantly hear, receive, and carry out orders specifically related to you. Your angel is attentive to you at all times.
Therefore, obey God's command to "be attentive to" your angel and "heed his voice" (Ex 23:21, 22).
You are not alone!