Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Today is the Feast of the Guardian Angels. How fantastic our Guardian Angels are! How we forget them so!
Each year on this Feast I think that I will begin again to remember my guardian angel and ask them to help me out with work, friends, relationships, life, loving the Lord, etc... But I forget about three days later.
According to tradition, our Guardian Angels were assigned to us from the beginning of time to help, guide and protect us on our journey home to Heaven. Even when we forget about them, they never leave our side.
This also reminds me to today's Gospel when our Lord says we need to become like little children in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Thinking about my guardian angel and being a child brings two things to mind.
First, when I was a child I was in need of a guardian, someone to watch after me, for me to look up to, and to emulate and follow. As a child, I was able to see this person as a leader and someone I wanted to be like, rather than someone I could be better than or needed to learn to live without. To enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we need to look to God like when we were children. Jesus gives us our Guardian Angels to take care of us and bring us to Heaven to be with Him always.
Second, when I was a child I had a imaginary friends. They were always there to play school or house with me or just keep me company. As an adult I've grown out of that phase of my life, but I've also lost something else with it. The ability to see the invisible and the innocence to believe that it's there. Our Guardian Angels aren't imaginary, but they are invisible - just like God is. We have to become like children to see the invisible nature of God and all the spiritual beings of this world.
Being dependent on someone and seeing with our eyes of faith beyond the confines of this world are two characteristics of being like little children that will bring us closer to Heaven where we want to ultimately be for eternity.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Do you see your guardian angel as an active part of your life?
How can you grow more childlike in your faith?
Do you want to go to heaven? What can you do today to help you on your journey?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"My guardian angel, pray for me."
"Help me have childlike faith."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Ask your guardian angel to be with you today through your struggles, doubts and joys.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Katie Herzing, a former youth minister turned parish evanglization consultant living in North Carolina.