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Angel of God, my guardian dear…

guardian angel

Angel of God,

my guardian dear,

to whom God’s love

commits me here,

ever this night,

be at my side

to light and guard,

to rule and guide.

This was one of the first prayers I learned as a child, and it holds a special place in my heart, probably because I remember my mother sitting at the side of my bed saying it with me each night. But I have to admit that there came a point in my younger adult life when I felt I had outgrown angels. They seemed stuck in my childhood, a remnant of something long gone. And then came the pop culture angel fad. They showed up on everything from keychains to refrigerator magnets and that just made me like the little chubby winged cherubs of coffee mug fame even less.

But then something happened. I don’t know if was age or wisdom or the sudden realization that I could not protect my children on my own, but angels started making their way back into my life. First through my cursory spiritual nod to them every time we got in the car and eventually through my near-incessant pleading with them to watch out for me, my kids and just about anyone special to me, no matter how near or how far. Now it’s not uncommon for me to have a good long heart-to-heart with the guardian angel of a distant friend who just might need a little extra protection here and there. Frankly, I’m sure the angels are longing for the days when I had no use for them. I love knowing my angel is around, and there have been times in my life — however rare they are — when I have sensed my angel nearby.

So today, on this Feast of the Guardian Angels, why not take a moment to reintroduce yourself, if you’ve been out of touch, and maybe teach that old prayer to your children, if you haven’t already.

Speaking of angels, I’ve got two favorite angel-related movies: Wings of Desire and It’s a Wonderful Life, opposite ends of the angel spectrum. Wings of Desire is so hauntingly beautiful. Here’s a great scene from that one:

(The icon at the top of the page was written by Minhhang Huynh, a woman I met when I was on retreat at the Abbey of the Genesee in New York two years ago.)

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  1. Do you read the comic Rose is Rose? Her son’s guardian angel looks just like him until there is a problem. Then he becomes an enormous being to full armor and a sword! Great image!

    October 2, 2013
    • Mary DeTurris Poust #

      That’s great. I don’t read it, but I will check it out. Thanks!

      October 2, 2013
      • Also, when Rose get’s in a thither, she becomes a leather clad biker lady that you don’t mess with. Reminds me of someone on this blog… :-)

        October 2, 2013
        • Mary DeTurris Poust #

          Well now I HAVE to read it. I do have a black leather fringe jacket in the closet here. Hasn’t come out in quite a few years. Maybe I’ll start wearing it when I blog. :-)

          October 2, 2013
  2. Lana #

    I saw it in my calendar today and I was thinking the same thing. I don’t remember when I stopped saying it before going to bed. I do not know it in English, only in Spanish and that is how I taught them to my kids. In elementary school, at religion class, they will say it in Spanish and the teacher will ask them to translate it, but they said it was hard, they just knew it by heart. Now they are teenagers so it will be interesting if they still know it. It will be a nice item for dinner conversation tonight.

    October 2, 2013
    • Mary DeTurris Poust #

      That’s great. I was thinking I’d do the same here. Not sure if my older children remember it, or if my youngest ever learned it so well that it became second nature. We’ll see tonight. :-)

      October 2, 2013
  3. BeHonest #

    I have always felt so strongly about Guardian
    Angels and on September 25, 2013 I really felt
    that way because my hero birthday is that day.
    My father… I wonder who my guardian
    Angel is? Him or my Grams or do I have
    A couple of them. Thanks for this article
    After reading yesterday Homily & Meditation
    this just added to joy of reading all about it.

    October 3, 2013
    • Mary DeTurris Poust #

      So glad you liked it!

      October 5, 2013
  4. Deacon T #

    God Bless my mother-in-law who maintains her devotion to angels of all types, including the 9 foot tall air brushed painted angel on the front of her home in Florida. Yes, it is illuminated at night to watch over the neighborhood while they sleep . . . not quite an icon yet, but it is iconic to see.

    Deacon T

    October 3, 2013

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