Memoirs of a Guardian Angel – The Crib, The Little Brother, My Co-Laborers, Liberty.

Memoirs of a Guardian Angel – The Crib, The Little Brother, My Co-Laborers, Liberty.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

Memoirs of a Guardian Angel – The Crib, The Little Brother, My Co-Laborers, Liberty.

[THESE Memoirs are a gallery of paintings in which is brought into view the Catholic doctrine on the ministry of Guardian Angels.
An Angel here tells what were his duties and his impressions from the moment in which a soul was intrusted to him, to that in which she took her place at his side in glory.
We see at a glance, what this best of friends has done for us in the past, is doing for us now, and will do for us in the future.
May the reading of these pages excite the gratitude of hearts that receive so many benefits, and lead them to correspond with these more faithfully! This is the end which the Author had in view. ]

MEMOIRS OF A GUARDIAN ANGEL.

The Crib.

I hastened to bless its crib. Its mother placed it there, after having fondly kissed it with religious respect. I watched like herself over this dear treasure. My wings were folded over it and protected its slumber. Its eyelid opened and closed under my look. The beating of its heart filled me with joy.[1]
“Sleep, sleep, under the wing of thy angel. There hast thou nothing to fear; thou art at the threshold of paradise.
“What charms does a smile of Divine goodness give to the humblest of creatures! . . .
Thus, by the couch where innocence slept, I sang the riches of grace.

The Little Brother.

He was a child of God, as I was, but I was his elder brother, and the Heavenly Father had intrusted my little brother to me.[2]
“Thou shalt bear him the most tender affection,” had He said to me; “and thou wilt find in My heart the measure of thy devotion.”
I gazed upon the heart of God, and I saw there the source whence welled forth the Creation, the Incarnation, the Redemption, the Blessed Eucharist.[3]
. . . when, after admiring this love, I became the instrument of it, with what fire did I burn! . . . the Heavenly Father filled me with the sentiments that led Him to give. My duties made me a sharer in His tenderness, and caused me to taste its delights. . . . I felt urged to impart to my brother the perfections I had received.

My Co-laborers.

I was not alone. By the side of the infant with me, were two valuable aids.
One had as his heritage wisdom and authority, and was distinguished for the energy of his faith. The other, by the sweetness of her look, and the goodness that showed itself in her smile, revealed the amiable piety that animated her.
Such Christian parents filled the sanctuary of infancy with the perfume of their virtue.
Their concurrence was my strength. If they were able to do nothing without me, what could I have done without them? How many of my brothers have seen their efforts paralyzed, from having been deprived of such aid![4]
Without understanding what she saw, the young soul was struck by it, and kept the memory of it. Like a spotless mirror, she reflected the pious pictures hung on the walls, the rosary in the hands of her mother, the book from which holy teaching was read, the crucifix before which prayers were said.
All the little domestic scenes were reproduced there in the light of grace, and each person left there a trace of the part he played.
To know the history of this family it was enough to see it.
Her imagination, her memory, her spirit received, from without, salutary impressions. On arriving at the age of reason, she will be already formed to good.
Wisdom will have come before it, and, without having been sought, will have become her companion.

Liberty.

In spite of my care and of that of its parents, this child could have made shipwreck. He had received from God free-will.
The crown of the elect is a gift, but it is a recompense too. The Creator gives it only to the merit of the creature. It depends on man to be good, or become wicked. If he wishes, he will be saved; if he is lost, he has willed it himself.[5]
Limited to counsel and to persuasion, my part was a source of the most delightful emotions, as well as of the most poignant anxiety.
The spirit that leads a world through space admires its docility. How greatly was I compelled to admire that of an intelligent soul! The first time that she turned to God under my influence, I was filled with joy. But the fear of resistance to my voice was to me not without bitterness.
This harp, just now tuned by my hands to give forth accents of innocence, of humility, of charity, may to-morrow by caprice give herself over to Satan, and utter gross sounds of luxury, of pride, of envy, and of all the criminal passions.
I was like a mother who would see her child on the brink of a precipice. She calls, she cries out, she entreats. On his part a wicked heart urges the imprudent one to close his eyes, to take one step more. . . . Which voice will the child heed? Alas, who could tell? He is free.[6]
O Liberty! who, then, of angels or of men, will dare look on thee without fear? Thou art truly the tree of life and of death; thou bearest the fruits of salvation and of perdition. Gathered with discernment, they give the joys of immortality; plucked at hazard, they cause grief without end. To thee are due the delights of heaven; from thee have come the horrors of hell!
[1] Louis of Blois, Retreat of the Faithful Soul.
[2] Marchant, Jardin des Pasteurs.
[3] S. Bernard, Sermon on St. Michael. Pierre de Blois, Sermon on St. Michael. Louis de Blois, Retreat of a Faithful Soul.
[4] St. Thomas, De Angelis, q. 113, art. 4.
[5] St. Thomas of Villanova, Sermon on the Glory of Heaven.
[6] Peter of Poitiers, Sentences, lib. ii.

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

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October Devotion: The Holy Angels and the Holy Rosary.

Virtues to practice: Confidence.


Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.

Most glorious prince of the heavenly hosts, Archangel St. Michael, defend us in the battle and in the tremendous struggle we carry on against the Principalities and Powers, against the rulers of the world of darkness and all evil spirits. Come to the help of man, whom God created immortal, fashioned to His own image and likeness, and rescued at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. With the great army of the holy angels fight to-day the battle of the Lord as thou didst of old fight against Lucifer, the leader of the proud, and his apostate angels, who were powerless against thee, and they had no longer a place in heaven; and that monster, the old serpent who is called the devil and Satan, that seduces the whole world, was cast into hell with his angels. But now that first enemy and homicide has regained his insolent boldness. Taking on the appearance of an angel of light, he has invaded the earth, and, with his whole train of evil spirits, he is prowling about among men, striving to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to capture, to destroy, to drag to eternal perdition the souls destined to the crown of eternal glory. That malignant dragon is pouring abroad, like a foul stream, into the souls of men of ruined intellect and corrupt heart the poison of his wickedness, the spirit of lying, of impiety and blasphemy, the pestilent breath of impurity and of all vice and iniquity. Most cunning enemies have filled with bitterness and drenched with gall the Church, the Spouse of the Lamb without spot, and have lifted impious hands against all that is most sacred in it. Even in the holy place where the See of Blessed Peter and the chair of truth was set up to enlighten the world, they have raised the abominable throne of their impiety with the iniquitous hope that the Shepherd may be stricken and the flock scattered abroad. Arise, then, unconquerable Prince, defend the people of God against the assaults of the reprobate spirits, and give them the victory. Holy Church reveres thee as its guardian and patron; it glories in thee as its defender against the malignant powers of hell; to thee God has committed the souls that are to be conveyed to the seats of the Blessed in eternal happiness. Pray, then, to the God of peace, that He may put Satan under our feet, so completely vanquished that he may no longer be able to hold men in bondage and work harm to the Church. Offer up our prayers before the Most High, so that the mercies of the Lord may prevent us, and lay hold of the dragon, the old serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and hurl him bound in chains into the abyss where he may no longer seduce the souls of men. Amen.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord, fly ye hostile ranks.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has conquered.
V. May Thy mercies, O Lord, be fulfilled in us.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.

O God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy name and humbly beseech Thy clemency, that, through the intercession of the ever immaculate Virgin and our Mother Mary, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst vouchsafe to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits that are prowling about the world to the great peril of the human race and the loss of souls. Amen.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., Motu Proprio, September 25, 1888, granted to the faithful who recite the above prayer
AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

ANTIPHON.

Sancte Michael Archangele,
defende nos in praelio,
ut non pereamus
in tremendo judicio.

Holy Archangel Michael,
defend us in battle,
that we may not perish
in the tremendous judgment.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, August 19, 1893, granted to the faithful who recite the above antiphon
AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

GABRIEL, THE ARCHANGEL.
NOVENA IN HONOR OF S. GABRIEL THE ARCHANGEL.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius IX., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Nov. 26, 1876, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, at any time during the year, devoutly make the novena in honor of S. Gabriel the archangel, with any formula of prayer, provided it be approved by competent ecclesiastical authority,
AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day;
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, during the novena, if, truly penitent, having confessed and communicated, they pray for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

RAPHAEL, THE ARCHANGEL.
NOVENA IN HONOR OF S. RAPHAEL, THE ARCHANGEL.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius IX., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Nov. 28, 1876, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, at any time during the year, devoutly make the novena in honor of S. Raphael the archangel, with any formula of prayer, provided it be approved by competent ecclesiastical authority,
AN INDULGENCE OF THREE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day;
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, during the novena, if, truly penitent, having confessed and communicated, they pray for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

PRAYER TO S. RAPHAEL, ARCHANGEL.

Glorious Archangel, S. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, illustrious by thy gifts of wisdom and grace, guide of travellers by land and sea, consoler of the unfortunate and refuge of sinners, I entreat thee to help me in all my needs and in all the trials of this life, as thou didst once assist the young Tobias in his journeying. And since thou art the “physician of God,” I humbly pray thee to heal my soul of its many infirmities and my body of the ills that afflict it, if this favor is for my greater good. I ask, especially, for angelic purity, that I may be made fit to be the living temple of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, June 21, 1890, granted to the faithful who shall recite the above prayer
AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.

THE ANGEL GUARDIAN.
PRAYER
.

Angele Dei,
qui custos es mei,
me tibi commissum pietate superna
illumina, custodi,
rege, et guberna.Amen.

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom His love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard,
To rule and guide.
Amen.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius VI., by a brief, Oct. 2, 1795, granted to all the faithful, every time that, with at least contrite heart and devotion, they shall say this prayer:
AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS.
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, on the feast of the holy guardian angels (Oct. 2), to those who shall have said this prayer, morning and evening, throughout the year, provided that, on the day of the feast, being truly penitent, after confession and communion, they shall visit a church or public oratory, and pray for the Sovereign Pontiff.
The same Sovereign Pontiff, by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, June 11, 1796, granted:
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, at the hour of death, to all those who, during life, shall have frequently said this prayer, provided they shall have the proper dispositions.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius VII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, May 15, 1821, not only confirmed the above mentioned indulgences, but, moreover, granted:
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, once a month, to all the faithful who shall have said it every day for a month, as above directed, on any day, when, being truly penitent, after confession and communion, they shall visit a church, and pray devoutly for the intention of his Holiness.

NOVENA IN HONOR OF THE GUARDIAN ANGEL.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius IX., by a rescript dated at Gaeta, Jan. 5, 1849, and by another of the S. Congr. of Bishops and Regulars, Jan. 28, 1850, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, at any time during the year, devoutly make the novena in honor of the Guardian Angel, published by the Rev. Joseph M. Falcone, of the Congregation of the Missions:
AN INDULGENCE OF ONE HUNDRED DAYS, once a day.
A PLENARY INDULGENCE, either during the novena or upon one of the eight days immediately following, if, truly penitent, they confess and communicate, and say some prayers for the holy Church and for the Sovereign Pontiff.
By a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Nov. 26, 1876, the same Sovereign Pontiff deigned to approve that these indulgences may be gained by those who make the novena to the Guardian Angel with any other formula of prayer, provided it be approved by competent ecclesiastical authority.

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