GUARDING ATTACKERS

“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.

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That they might guard you in all your ways

From a sermon
of
St Bernard of Clairvaux
[ 1090 – 1153 A.D. ]

He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways. These words should fill you with respect, inspire devotion and instil confidence; respect for the presence of angels, devotion because of their loving service, and confidence because of their protection. And so the angels are here; they are at your side, they are with you, present on your behalf. They are here to protect you and to serve you. But even if it is God who has given them this charge, we must nonetheless be grateful to them for the great love with which they obey and come to help us in our great need.He has given his angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways. Let them thank the Lord for his mercy; his wonderful works are for the children of men. Let them give thanks and say among the nations, the Lord has done great things for them. O Lord, what is man that you have made yourself known to him, or why do you incline your heart to him? And you do incline your heart to him; you show him your care and your concern. Finally, you send your only Son and the grace of your Spirit, and promise him a vision of your countenance. And so, that nothing in heaven should be wanting in your concern for us, you send those blessed spirits to serve us, assigning them as our guardians and our teachers.
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.
We should then, my brothers, show our affection for the angels, for one day they will be our co-heirs just as here below they are our guardians and trustees appointed and set over us by the Father. We are God’s children although it does not seem so, because we are still but small children under guardians and trustees, and for the present little better than slaves.
Even though we are children and have a long, a very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear? They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray. They are loyal, prudent, powerful. Why then are we afraid? We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God’s heaven.

LOVE NO MATTER WHAT

“Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing?” —Job 1:9
 
Job was the holiest person on the face of the earth. There was “no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil” (Jb 1:8). Because he was so open to God’s graces, he was able to receive from God a beautiful family and many other blessings. So Satan accused Job of serving God for the benefits and not from pure love. God let Job prove Satan wrong by letting Satan destroy Job’s family and bankrupt Job all in one day. Job continued to love God even in severe adversity. Job proclaimed: “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!” (Jb 1:21) Job served God not for perishable benefits (see Jn 6:27), but from true love. Job’s motives for serving God were not mixed but pure motives. Job loved God unconditionally, as God loved him.
Why are you a Christian? Would you love the Lord even if there was no heaven or hell? Would you love God if He let your spouse or children die tragically? Would you love God if He permitted you to experience adversity instead of prosperity? Would you praise God even if you were confused about what He was allowing in your life? Are you willing to say: “Though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines, though the yield of the olive fail and the terraces produce no nourishment, though the flocks disappear from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet will I rejoice in the Lord and exult in my saving God”? (Hab 3:17-18)
Look at Jesus on the cross. Love God unconditionally.
 
Prayer: Father, may my love for You be pure. Do whatever necessary to purify it.
Promise: “Whoever welcomes this little child on My account welcomes Me, and whoever welcomes Me welcomes Him Who sent Me; for the least one among you is the greatest.” —Lk 9:48
Praise: St. Therese offered herself to the merciful love of Jesus. She begged to receive the mercy others refused.

In the heart of the church I will be love

St Thérèse’s
[ 1873 – 1897 A.D. ]
autobiography
I persevered in the reading and did not let my mind wander until I found this encouraging theme: Set your desires on the greater gifts. And I will show you the way which surpasses all others. For the Apostle insists that the greater gifts are nothing at all without love and that this same love is surely the best path leading directly to God. At length I had found peace of mind.Since my longing for martyrdom was powerful and unsettling, I turned to the epistles of St Paul in the hope of finally finding an answer. By chance the 12th and 13th chapters of the 1st epistle to the Corinthians caught my attention, and in the first section I read that not everyone can be an apostle, prophet or teacher, that the Church is composed of a variety of members, and that the eye cannot be the hand. Even with such an answer revealed before me, I was not satisfied and did not find peace.
  When I had looked upon the mystical body of the Church, I recognised myself in none of the members which St Paul described, and what is more, I desired to distinguish myself more favourably within the whole body. Love appeared to me to be the hinge for my vocation. Indeed I knew that the Church had a body composed of various members, but in this body the necessary and more noble member was not lacking; I knew that the Church had a heart and that such a heart appeared to be aflame with love. I knew that one love drove the members of the Church to action, that if this love were extinguished, the apostles would have proclaimed the Gospel no longer, the martyrs would have shed their blood no more. I saw and realised that love sets off the bounds of all vocations, that love is everything, that this same love embraces every time and every place. In one word, that love is everlasting.
  Then, nearly ecstatic with the supreme joy in my soul, I proclaimed: O Jesus, my love, at last I have found my calling: my call is love. Certainly I have found my place in the Church, and you gave me that very place, my God. In the heart of the Church, my mother, I will be love, and thus I will be all things, as my desire finds its direction.