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October 2nd: Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

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Gospel text (Mt 18:1-5.10): He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.” The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon 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 me of it when going out to school. And he guided my steps. I often ask for his help and he has never neglected me.