So let us be devoted and grateful to such great protectors; let us return their love and honour them as much as we can and should. Yet all our love and honour must go to him, for it is from him that they receive all that makes them worthy of our love and respect.From a sermon of St Bernard of Clairvaux, Today’s Office
A guardian angel is a type of angel that is assigned to protect and guide a particular person, group or nation. Belief in tutelary beings can be traced throughout all antiquity. The idea of angels that guard over people played a major role in Ancient Judaism. In Christianity, the hierarchy of angels was extensively developed in the 5th century by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. The theology of angels and tutelary spirits has undergone many changes since the 5th century. Belief in both the East and the West is that guardian angels serve to protect whichever person God assigns them to, and present prayer to God on that person’s behalf.
The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes the task of uniting the entire human family in searching for sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. #SeasonOfCreationPope Francis
qui custos es mei,
me tibi commissum pietáte supérna,
hodie illúmina, custódi, rege et gubérna.
First Friday Devotion
The First Friday Devotions are a set of Catholic devotions to especially recognize the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and through it offer reparations for sins. In the visions of Christ reported by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th century, several promises were made to those people who practiced the First Fridays Devotions, one of which included final perseverance.
de·vo·tion /dəˈvōSH(ə)n/ noun love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for activity, or cause.
our diocese promised to do first and third friday devotions till the end of the year for “current events” that continue to challenge “little ones”, but our devotion did not last past the month of august; were there other “big ones” that we deemed more deserving of our love, loyalty or enthusiasm for our protection?
Behold, I am of little account; what can I answer you?JB 40:4
R. (24b) Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;PS 139:1
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”MT 18:10