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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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Guardian Angels

Exodus 23:20-23
Psalm 91:1-6, 10-11
Matthew 18:1-5, 10

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"I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes. My angel will go before you." —Exodus 23:22-23

Guardian angels don't just guard us. They are very specialized guards. They don't so much guard us from attacking enemies as much as they guard us when attacking enemies. Guardian angels have the job of guarding us as we attack the gates of hell (Mt 16:18). They guard us "on the way" to war and then in war (Ex 23:20). Their job is not so much to protect us from our enemies but to wipe out our enemies (Ex 23:23).

We as Christians are called to be militant — not in physical violence but in spiritual warfare (see Eph 6:12). We are to shoot Satan out of the sky (Lk 10:18) and quickly crush him under our feet (Rm 16:20). We are to turn the world right side up (see Acts 17:6) and be a force to be reckoned with. When we fight this good fight (see 2 Tm 4:7), we need this specialized type of guard duty from the guardian angels. However, if we aren't militantly attacking the gates of hell, our guardian angels are unemployed or at least underemployed.

If you want to see your guardian angel work, then fight the evil one.

Prayer:  Father, make me such a threat to the kingdom of darkness that I will need guardian angels.

Promise:  "See that you never despise one of these little ones. I assure you, their angels in heaven constantly behold My heavenly Father's face." —Mt 18:10

Praise:  Pete credits his daughter's guardian angel with keeping her from being hit by an on rushing car at the age of six.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Spiritual Warfare, order, view or download our leaflet or order, listen to, or download our CD 57-3 or DVD 57 on our website.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 3, 2018

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