Guardian Angel Icon Hand-Painted in Greece
Invoke often this Guardian Angel, this benevolent Angel and repeat the beautiful prayer
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. AMEN.
St. John Vianney – Part I
In these short texts, St. Jean Vianney witnesses to his conscious devotion to the holy angels.
Ah! if we had the eyes of angels with which to see our Lord Jesus Christ present on the Altar and looking at us, how we should love Him!
The first thing about the angels that we ought to imitate, is their consciousness of the Presence of God.
Our Guardian Angels are our most faithful friends, because they are with us day and night, always and everywhere. We ought often to invoke them.
The Angels take great pleasure in helping us with our enterprises, when they are in accordance with God’s will.
If you find it impossible to pray, hide behind your good Angel and charge him to pray in your stead.
We ought to ask the Blessed Virgin, the angels, and the saints to pray for us that we may receive the good God as worthily as it is possible for us to receive Him. (Sermon on Holy Communion)
There is not a single creature which does not provide us with the means of reaching God. If any of them become an obstacle, it is only by our misuse of them.
The devil writes down our sins—our Guardian Angel all our merits. Labor that the Guardian Angel’s book may be full, and the devil’s empty.
If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you.
Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God, the angels, and the saints—they are your public.
With what humility should we assist at Mass, if we realized that our Guardian Angel was kneeling beside us, prostrate before the majesty of God! With what eagerness should we not ask him to offer our prayers to Jesus Christ !
Like the saints, let us be very zealous in fulfilling all our duties; let the devil never find us doing nothing, lest we should yield to temptation.
God, the Blessed Virgin, the angels and saints are about our path; they are at our side and see all we do.
After thanking our Guardian Angel who has remained by our side during our sleep, we should ask him for his protection during the day.
How happy is that Guardian Angel who accompanies a soul to Holy Mass!
St. John Vianney – Part II
In these short texts, St. Jean Vianney witnesses to his devotion to the holy angels and struggles with the devil.
O my God! I desire to love You more than all the angels and all the saints put together. I adore You with them, and unite my love with that which Your Blessed Mother had for You, when she was on earth.
We must take great care never to do anything before having said our Morning Prayers…. The devil once declared…that if he could have the first moment of the day, he was sure of all the rest. (Sermon on the First Commandment)
What a comfort to you it is to know that when we go out of the house, we are never alone en route. (Sermon on the Feast of the Guardian Angels)
When we are walking in the streets, let us fix our eyes on Our Lord bearing his Cross before us; on the Blessed Virgin who is looking at us; on our Guardian Angel who is by our side. (Catechism on Self-Control)
When you awake in the night, transport yourself quickly in spirit before the Tabernacle, saying: “Behold me, my God, I come to adore You, to praise, thank, and love You, and to keep You company with all the angels.”
It is our angels who ask God to grant us a deep sorrow for our sins. (Sermon on Feast of Guardian Angels)
Offer your temptations for the conversion of sinners. When the devil sees you doing this, he is beside himself with rage and makes off, because then the temptation is turned against himself.
Blessed are they who are tempted! It is when the devil sees that a soul is tending towards union with God that he redoubles his efforts. (Sermon on the Parable of the Tares)
If we did like St. Remigius, we should never be angry. Being questioned by a Father of the desert as to how he managed to be always in an even temper, replied: “I often consider that my Guardian Angel is always by my side…..”
If we could only see the JOY of our Guardian Angel when he sees us fighting our temptations! (On temptation)
In the Sacraments, it is God himself who comes to annihilate our enemy. The devil, seeing Him in our heart, throws himself despairingly into the bottomless pit; which explains why he does all he can to draw us away from them, or to make us receive them badly.
All the angels and saints are engaged in trying to prevent us from committing sins.
What happiness it is to a Guardian Angel to have the care of a pure soul. When the soul is pure, all the Court of Heaven looks upon it with joy.