St. Peter tells us that “the devil goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” One does not have to look far to see Satan’s influence in our world, our society, and in the lives of many poor souls who have fallen under his sway.
God has given us many aids to combat the influence of Satan in our own lives. One of these is very easy to overlook and forget about: the Angels, and in particular, our Guardian Angels.
Each angel is created with an intelligence far surpassing our human intellects, and they possess great power. As men are far superior in power and intelligence to ants, so are angels far superior to men. As spirits are of a higher order than what is material, so the angels have power over the physical, material creation. We read in the Old Testament that one angels was sent to deliver the Israelites from the army of Sennacherib, which was threatening Jerusalem. In one night, a single angel slew 185,000 Assyrians, thus ending the plight of God’s people.
It is good to keep this in mind. No matter what forces of evil are arrayed against us, God can put to flight all of this worlds power and might by sending one of his angels to our aid.
There are 9 Choirs of angels: Angels, Archangels, Principalities, Powers, Virtues, Dominations, Thrones, Cherubim and Seraphim.
We cannot fathom the number of angels God has created. Our guardian angels are taken from the lowest of the 9 choirs, and in this choir there is an individual angel assigned to every human being that has ever lived or will live. That is an incredibly large number, but each of the ascending choirs is larger than the choir beneath it! What a vast number of angels there must be!
While innumerable angels fill the courts of Heaven, there are millions and millions of angels here on earth. God has given to their care, not only mankind, but all of his works of creation.
“It is true that all the stars and heavenly bodies, by the natural direction given them by God, pursue their several courses, but these great worlds are material and therefore, as the Angelic Doctor points out, are liable to decay and deterioration. To prevent, therefore, disorder and confusion in the thousands of heavenly bodies which are whirling through space with inexpressible speed, God gives each one, in His all-wise Providence, an Angel to keep it in its course and avert the dire calamities that would result were it to stray from its allotted orbit.
Few people think of all this when, on beautiful star-lit nights, they gaze on the Heavens and the myriads of stars. How fitting it would be to salute the countless Angels who guard these stars: “O, glorious Angels of the stars, we love you, we thank you! Please bless us and shower on us your graces.”
Excerpt from “All About the Angels” by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan
Because we cannot see them, it is easy to forget about the Angels, but thankfully, they do not forget about us. The angel assigned to us does not cease to watch over and care us. They are our guardians, our friends, and have been since we were born. And just as the devils can have an evil influence over us and tempt us to sin, so the angels continually strive to inspire us to do good, to resist temptation, to practice virtue and to love God.
The effect of their influence depends of course on us – on our free will. We can certainly choose to ignore or block their inspirations and the good influence that they can have on us. However, to those who are open to their promptings and request their help, they can do a lot of good.
Imagine that you see someone who spends all their time and makes every effort to help another, and instead of appreciating that help, the beneficiary never shows any appreciation and more or less fails to even acknowledge his existence. We would be appalled and would rightly condemn this behavior in others. Yet how many of us treat our guardian angels this way?
The greatest of earthly kings would be as nothing compared to the splendor and glory of our guardian angel. What a privilege to be guarded and cared for by such a powerful and wonderful being!
Let’s make an effort to think about the angels throughout the day and ask them for their help. They will be delighted when we do so and will do a lot more for us if we honor them. Let us make friends with the Angels.