What are Guardian Angels?
A guardian angel is an angel (supreme divine being) that is assigned to protect and guide a particular person. They have been widely mentioned in the Christian religion for many years. They are said to be there for you in your darkest times to help protect you from evil doings. Christian thought is that they do not protect each and every one of us. For example, Saint Ambrose believed that saints lose their guardian angels so that they have a greater struggle and persevere. On the other hand, Saints Jerome and Basil of Caesarea believed that sin drives the angels away.
The first Christian theologian Honorius of Autun believed that every soul was assigned a guardian angel once it was put into a body. Thomas Aquinas agreed with Honorius and said that it was the lowest order of angels who serve as guardians. To further elaborate, Duns Scotus said that any angel may accept the mission. Here is a traditional Christian prayer to one’s guardian angel:
- Angel of God, my guardian dear
- to whom God’s love commits me here.
- Ever this day/night be at my side
- to light, to guard, to rule and guide.
What are these supreme, divine beings and are they watching over us as we speak?