October 2002, Volume 8, Issue 3   
To the Passionist Fathers and Brothers
Rev. Mark Connolly
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ
Most Rev. William E. Lori
Thought for the Month
Veronica A. Shoffstall
Contemplatives in the World
Rev. Paul Check
As I See It
Rev. Eric Zuckerman, S.J.
Saint of the Month
Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
Sr. Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, O.P.
A Very Special Saint
Raymond Guido
Saint of the Month - The Guardian Angels
October 2

In the year that King Uzziah died the prophet Isaiah was in the Temple and saw the Lord, sitting on a throne.

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Six-winged seraphim flew above him, crying, 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.' This notion of a multitude of heavenly things, worshiping God and ready to do his bidding has been taken from Jewish thought and placed at the heart of Christian worship.

The ancient Jews believe that these angles served both individuals and nations Jesus saw no reason to reject this idea. For him angels were spiritual beings. He said they would support him at his second coming. Once he took a little child and spoke to his followers about becoming little children and caring for them. "See that you do not despise one of these little ones," said Jesus, "for I tell you that their angels always behold the face of my Father in heaven."

The notion of Guardian angels is thus implicit in our Lord's own teaching. And in his own earthly life they are constantly see by the Gospel-writes as ready to serve and minister to him. They succor him in the wilderness. They care for him as he agonizes in the garden of Gethsemane. Had he wished, they would have fought against his captors. They are present at his resurrection.

From A Calendar of Saints -
The Lives of the Principal Saints of the Christian Year

Prayer to the Angels of God

Guardian Angel
Angel of God,
my Guardian dear,
to whom his love
commits me here,
ever this day
be at my side,
to light and guard,
to rule and guide.


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