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Everyone Has a Guardian Angel

Does everyone have a guardian angel? Mike Leach, author of “Why Stay Catholic? Unexpected Answers to a Life-Changing Question” thinks so. This is one of my favorite sections of his book.

“Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings!” —Zuzu Bailey, “It’s a Wonderful Life”


“I believe in angels.” —ABBA

In a 2007 Gallup poll, three out of four Americans said, “I believe in angels.” Americans trust angels ten times more than they do their congressmen. That makes sense.

Angels are a traditional Catholic idea, but how well do we understand what we believe in? How many of us think of angels as heavenly Tinkerbells? It never hurts to be like Zuzu Bailey and, when we take our favorite ornament out of the box, polish it and hold it in front of our eyes before placing it on the tree. We may see something new. Does an angel really get its wings every time a Christmas bell rings?

Of course it does!

Now on to the next question. What is an angel? An angel is a messenger from God.


Like the UPS man?

No, an angel is more like the postman. But unlike a postman in Alabama, say, who delivers a letter from Alaska to a third person in Mobile, the angelic messenger and its message are one. An angel is a good idea from God.

The message comes from God to a child of God, just like that. That’s why we can’t see angels. They’re instant.

“An angel gives us a closer idea of God,” writes Meister Eckhart. “That is all an angel is: an idea of God.”

Catholicism says we are surrounded by angels—God’s blessed ideas for us—just as surely as if we were in the center of a fresco painted by Raphael. Angels guided Mary and Joseph on their flight from Bethlehem to Egypt. Angels guarded Jesus in the desert and comforted him in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus counseled all of us: “See that you never look down upon one of these children, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10, adapted). Was he not telling us that children see the face of God more clearly than adults because they are open to visits from angels? “Angels,” writes Richard McBrien in Catholicism, “are reminders that there is more to the created order than what we actually see, feel, hear, and taste.”


To be open to angels is to be open to miracles. A miracle is an angel heard.

For my video on guardian angels click here.

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  • clare

    Lovely. All we have to do is simply ALLOW the angels/ideas/God into our lives, yes? Like you said, we are surrounded, we just have to open our spiritual eyes to know it!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jennifer

    I believe! I have felt, sensed and just knew angel presence has been around me. I have been guided by angels. Two years ago I was in a terrible place…going through cancer treatment and my husband left me. Since that time I felt God’s strongest presence in my life. The angels divinely guided me to write and illustrate a children’s book for families going through a cancer diagnosis that is hopeful and helpful. I prayed for miracles and I received. I continue to pray and I continue to receive. Angels are God’s gift to us on earth. You just have to be open to them. Once you are, you will have a wonderful experience seeing them touch your life in their creative ways!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Vicki Taylor

    I truly believe in my guardian angel and know she watches over my life every day and has my whole life. I’ve been in more near death scrapes than I’d care to remember, but she has protected me and pulled me through. She guides my life and I listen to her. I know when to take certain roads and when to make decisions. Thank you for your article.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Joyce Lott

    I appreciate this article. I think the book of Billy Graham called Angels is a very special account of angels. Could you also put some comments in about it? There have been special times when it seemed to me that an angel was truly guiding me, protecting me, giving me comfort…. I am so thankful to the Lord for His angels.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment barb

    i love angels! i love knowing that i can call on them at any time i need help and help arrives. so cool. God is awesome. thank you for your article. will you still be doing videos? i love when you do videos, they always make me smile.

    thanks again and always Therese!


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment angelreadings

    Yes angels are awsome and beautiful and i could go on and on, but just 2 tings, Angels can be seen, heard smelt etc, they are not as instant as you might suggest, and they are not just ideas from God, they are LOVING THOUGHTS, protectors, guides, and friends from our Creator!
    May you all be so veru blessed today and know that you are never alone as God is with you and so are his angels.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grog

    I’ve been helped by angels. One time I know of was when my Gull Bladder went bad. I didn’t know it was bad untill my Dr. notised something on a blood test. An angle had to guide him because I had no symptems. I’m so glad others know about angels too. They bring God glory by helping us.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rhana Harris

    I do not think that angels exist. I KNOW they do. I have had several angel encounters in my 71 years. The first time, I actually saw an angel and it spoke to me and helped me in a major decision I had to make. Several other times, angels appeared as people in unbelievable situations to help me and guide me. YES ANGELS DO EXIST.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Skylark

    Another wonderful source for reading about your angel as well as angels in general is Peter Kreeft (Chair of the Philosophy Depart. at Boston College)at
    Kreeft has written a book also on this subject ANGELS AND DEMONS that is hugely interesting. Of course the Bible is full of angel stories
    (my favorite is in the Book of Tobit )and for the definitve source there is St Thomas Aquinas in his famous Summa Theologica…I like
    the pocket edition MY WAY OF LIFE,Farrell and Healy….Fascinating
    subject for all to explore…Thanks Therese!

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