Prayer of St. Ignatius

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will. Amen. ~~ prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Guardian Angels, Watch Over Us

Guardian Angel (Schutzengel) (1840), by Matthäus Kern

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.
Matthew 18:10

Like many other little Catholic children everywhere, my daughter says the Guardian Angel prayer every night. And sometimes after we have kissed and hugged, and said what are we doing tomorrow, and the lights are off, she calls me back one or two more times.

Frequently she says, "I'm afraid." Sometimes "I'm afraid" is just a ploy to get a little more chat time, but sometimes it's real. I always tell her, "Jesus loves you, Mother Mary loves you and your Guardian Angel is watching you. There's nothing to be afraid of." Whenever I tell her this, she giggles. Apparently the thought of all that love and protection just makes her happy. But, she also goes right to sleep.

What a beautiful comfort -- to know that someone is watching over you.

Angel of God, my Guardian dear,
to whom God's love entrusts me here,
ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide,

Here's a page of angels for your little darling to color.
And here's an angel online dress-up game.


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