concerning the origin of Guardian Angelsgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Catholic : One Thread
I haven't been here in a while due to school, but it's nice to be back in the discussions. As you may or may not know, I am a 20 year old Junior at the University of Minnesota. Theology is a passion for me, but unfortunately not a major there. After delving into Church History, I now have questions about my faith that I want to answer. I
One of these concerns Guardian Angels. I do not doubt their existence, but I would like to understand where this first originated. If someone knows (Paul M. or Gail??) where in Scripture, Church teaching, etc... this occurs, I would love to have these resources! Thanks so much for your thoughts and answers! Pax Christi
-- Andrew Staupe (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 10, 2004
-- Joseph (Lisztman1@hotmail.com), July 10, 2004.
(Matthew 18:10)- See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in Heaven always see the face of my Father who is in Heaven.
-- - (David@excite.com), July 10, 2004.
The idea of angels safeguarding and ministering to men was revealed by God even in Old Testament times.
"Behold, I am sending an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. (Exodus 23:20)
"As the Lord lives, his angel has been my keeper both going hence and abiding there, and returning from there here" (Judith 13:20)
"For God commands the angels to guard you in all of your ways." (Psalm 91:11-13 )
Satan quoted this Psalm to Jesus while tempting Him (Luke 4:10), saying in effect, "since God has promised to have angels safeguard men, surely they will also safeguard you, His own Son, if you throw yourself down from here".
Matthew quoted Jesus as saying that specific angels are assigned to specific human beings - "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." (Matt 18:10)
And Paul describes angels this way: "Are they not all ministering spirits sent to serve, for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14 )
-- Paul M. (PaulCyp@cox.net), July 10, 2004.
I understand Padre Pio always held a special devotion for his Guardian Angel. I think it would be cool if we could know our Gaurdian Angels' names. LB
-- Lydia Byrd (email@example.com), July 11, 2004.