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October 2nd: Guardian Angels

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Gospel text (Mt 18,1-5.10): Jesus called a little child, set the child in the midst of the disciples, and said, «See that you do not despise any of these little ones, for I tell you: their angels in heaven continually see the face of my heavenly Father». At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, «Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?». Then Jesus called a little child, set the child in the midst of the disciples, and said, «I assure you that unless you change and become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes lowly like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and whoever receives such a child in my name receives me. See that you do not despise any of these little ones, for I tell you: their angels in heaven continually see the face of my heavenly Father».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, we celebrate the memory of the Guardian Angels. For a long time, Sadducees and Pharisees had been struggling over the question whether angels existed or not; Sadducees said angels were nothing but chimeras and ignorant fancies. But Jesus, as in passing, decided to clarify the doctrine leaving no doubts. The existence of the angels «is a truth of faith.

—O Jesus, I have never doubted the existence of angels. When I was a child, my mother used to remind it to me when going out to school. And he guided my steps. I often ask for his help and he has never neglected me.

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