To Guard And Guide

My favorite guardian angel is Raphael. One of my favorite biblical books describes his mission, assisting young Tobiah retrieve a treasure from his father’s close friend Gabael:

So, son, find yourself a trustworthy person who will make the journey with you, and we will give him wages when you return; but bring back that money from Gabael while I am still alive.” Tobiah went out to look for someone who would travel with him to Media, someone who knew the way. He went out and found the angel Raphael standing before him (though he did not know that this was an angel of God). (Tobit 5:3b-4)

Thirteen verses later, father Tobit gives his blessing:

Son, prepare whatever you need for the journey, and set out with your kinsman. May God in heaven protect you on the way and bring you back to me safe and sound; may his angel accompany you for your safety, son.

The company is an angel in the flesh, of course, which the father does not know. The Psalmist was also well aware:

Bless the Lord, all you his angels,
mighty in strength, acting at his behest,
obedient to his command. (103:20)

Pope Francis’ reflection today is thoughtful.

Our angel is not only with us; he also sees God the Father. He is in relationship with Him. He is the daily bridge, from the moment we arise to the moment we go to bed. He accompanies us and is a link between us and God the Father. The angel is the daily gateway to transcendence, to the encounter with the Father: that is, the angel helps me to go forward because he looks upon the Father, and he knows the way. Let us not forget these companions along the journey.

 

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About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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