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WHY IS IT VITAL TO PRAY TO THE ANGELS, INCLUDING ONE’S GUARDIAN ANGEL?

02 Oct

[Bible references: Luke 16:9; 1 Cor 12:8, Apoc 5:8; Heb 12:22,23; Apoc 2:26,27; 5:10; Luke 15:10; 1 Cor 13:12; 1 John 3:2; 2 Cor 5:1, 6-8; Phil 1:23,24; Apoc 4:4, 7:9, 14, 15, etc., Apoc 14:1,3,4; 19:1, 4-6, 20:4]

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THEY ARE LIKE MIRRORS

“The angels show forth God’s greatness and perfection. ‘Each symbolises individually some attribute or other of that infinite Being. In some we see his power, in others his love, in others his strength. Each is a reproduction of some beauty of the divine Original; each adores him and glorifies him in the perfection it portrays’ (M. Olier). It is God, then, whom we honour in the angels. They are like mirrors reflecting the perfections of their infinite Creator. Raised to the supernatural order, they share in the life of God…

RAISED TO THE SUPERNATURAL ORDER

They have at heart our sanctification. Since we share with them in the divine life, and since we are like them the religious of God in Christ Jesus, they long for our salvation that we may join them in glorifying God and in enjoying the Beatific Vision. Thus it is with joy that they accept those God-given missions to minister to our sanctification…

IT IS TO OUR ADVANTAGE TO CALL UPON THEM

They burn with the desire of rallying elect souls to fill the vacant thrones of fallen angels, and to glorify and adore the Almighty in their stead. Victors over demons, they ask but to shield us from the perfidious enemies of our souls. It is our part to ask their timely assistance in order to repel the assaults of Satan. They present our prayers to the Most High by joining their own supplications to our requests. It is, therefore, to our advantage to call upon them, especially in the hour of trial, and above all, at the hour of death, that they may defend us from the attacks of our enemies and conduct our souls to paradise.”
– Fr Adolphe Tanquerey [text in inverted commas]

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