5 Facts You Need to Know About Your Guardian Angel

We all have guardian angels. Jesus told His disciples, “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” (Mt 18:10, emphasis added). However, very few of us realize this or would even dare to converse with them on a daily basis. For most of us guardian angels are “cute” stories we tell children so that they are not afraid of the dark.

What we don’t realize is that our guardians angels are there right beside us, ready to help us and are continually knocking at the door, waiting for us to respond to their invitation.

So who are these heavenly beings? Well, here are 5 simple facts to get you started:

 1. Guardian Angels are with us from the very beginning of life

Saint Thomas Aquinas holds that, “from the very moment of his birth man has an angel guardian appointed to him” (Summa Theologica, I, 113, 5). Even more so, Saint Anselm states that at the very moment of the union of soul and body God appoints an angel to watch over him/her. This would mean that during pregnancy a woman would be surrounded by two guardian angels. They watch over us from the very beginning and it is up to us to allow them to fulfill their duties for the rest of our lives.

2. We will NOT become a Guardian Angel when we die

All of the angels in the world were created at one instance at the very beginning of creation. One theory that we are allowed to believe is that on the first day when God made “light,” the “light He made was the angels (Gen. 1:3). This is further confirmed when God “divided the light from the darkness,” referring to the rebellion of the angels led by Lucifer (Gen. 1:4). This is brought forth by Saint Augustine in City of God:

For when God said, “Let there be light, and there was light,” if we are justified in understanding in this light the creation of the angels, then certainly they were created partakers of the eternal light which is the unchangeable Wisdom of God, by which all things were made, and whom we call the only-begotten Son of God; so that they, being illumined by the Light that created them, might themselves become light and be called “Day,” in participation of that unchangeable Light and Day which is the Word of God, by whom both themselves and all else were made. (Book 11, Chapter 9, emphasis added)

This makes sense as the “Sun” and “Moon” were not created until the fourth day! As a result, angels are a separate part of God’s creation and we do not become an entirely new being when we die. We remain human and if we are granted the Beatific Vision, we will be transfigured and receive our resurrected bodies at the end of time.

3. Guardian Angels communicate to us through thoughts, images and feelings (on rare occasions with words)

Angels are spiritual beings and do not have bodies. They can sometimes take the appearance of a body and can even influence the material world, but by their nature are pure spirits. It then makes sense that the primary way they communicate to us is by offering to our intellect thoughts, images or feelings that we can either accept or reject. It may not be clearly evident that it is our Guardian Angel communicating to us, but we may realize that the idea or thought did not come from our own minds. On rare occasions (like those in the Bible), angels can take physical appearance and speak with words. This is not the rule, but the exception to the rule, so don’t expect your Guardian Angel to show up in your room! It may happen, but it only occurs based on the circumstance.

4. Our Guardian Angels do have names, but those names are given to them by God

Holy Mother Church has instructed us that,

The practice of assigning names to the Holy Angels should be discouraged, except in the cases of Gabriel, Raphael and Michael whose names are contained in Holy Scripture. (Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments, The Directory of Popular Piety, n. 217, 2001)

The reasoning behind this is that a name contains a certain amount of authority over another person. If I know your name I can call you whenever I want and can feel a certain amount of authority over you. We do not have authority over our Guardian Angels. They only report to one Commander: God Himself. We can ask for their assistance or help, but we should not feel like they are at our beck and call.

The Church then discourages us from naming our Guardian Angels as we may receive a name, but it may not be divinely inspired. It could be influenced by the devil or by our own human thoughts. We have only three names confirmed in Scripture and so any other name we receive is invalid as it is hard to confirm if it is from God or from some other source.

5. Guardian Angels can move faster than Superman

According to Saint Thomas Aquinas:

[T]he swiftness of the angel’s movement is not measured by the quantity of his power, but according to the determination of his will (Summa Theologica, I, 53, 3, ad 1)

Angels are not bound by a material body like we are and so they can move super fast, the speed of “thought”…much faster than Superman. So if you ask your Guardian Angel to help someone else out, they will be back at your side before you realize.


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  • Tony de New York

    Interesting. I try to pray to my guardian angel everyday.

    • wang bhutia

      be aware too,coz every angel is not what ur seeking,they may be seeking you too

  • Cleo Liquiran

    I already experienced the presence of angels when I prayed to God for His, help, He sent His angels……

  • artfuldgr

    Mine has left the building… sadly…

    • Coc

      What about Barakiel

    • re zttop

      Well there’s God that can help you, even though He’s not an angel, but much more.

  • disqus_W8X6VR1yyA

    Wasn’t there a fourth angel named in scripture? Uriel?

    • Philip Kosloski

      Uriel is not mentioned in the Canon of Scripture (the Bible), but is found in an ancient Jewish text. So Uriel would be apart of pious tradition rather than divine revelation.

      • disqus_W8X6VR1yyA

        Oh ok! Well, that’s good enough for me. There are some ancient books that, while not making it into the official Canon, were considered scripture by the Disciples and quoted in both Old and New Testament writings, like Genesis and Jude. Thank you Philip!

      • panait ciprian

        I think is actually a jewish prayer that says: may uriel be in front me (to guide me), Gabriel on my left and Mikhael on my right (to defend me) and Raphael behind me (to heal me when I stumble) and the Shekinah (angel of presence of God) above me.

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  • Danica Bellaflor

    This is a very informative article. Thank you for this, Mr. Philip! 🙂 Btw may I ask, what about St. Sealtiel? 🙂

    • Philip Kosloski

      You are most welcome! That particular angel is not mentioned in the official “canon” of Scripture and so the Roman Catholic Church does not include St. Sealtiel in the list of one of the archangels. The name is found in ancient books that are not considered “inspired” by God.

  • Coc

    Who is barachiel

  • Mary

    Thank you, for the education.

  • Ïnfåmøus Bünny

    I already know this will probably never happen in my life but if I fucking see my Guardian Angel run up to me like fucking Superman+Bolt I will be scared shittless I already know they aren’t trying to kill me but fuck if you see a fucking person embodied angel run up to like that fuck you’ll be scared sorry for the language

    • Joyce Gross

      you are from the devil!! get on your knees!! ask for to be forgive now.

  • Caydon Cantafio

    I call mine Zero, just because I need something to call them.. I don’t treat him or her like a dog or anything, but I’d like to think of them as an equal

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  • Augustova Brentankya

    Oops! never die and become a guardian angel? What about Jehanne and Geanfrere Lepreche? Angels were made in the beginning but not guardian angels. Google Geanfrere Lepreche and the Book of Omega written by Geoffrey Gilsey with the hand of Jehanne and Therese Martin! How would anyone here know about Angels? Nobody has ever experienced the presence of an Angel but they want to believe this. The book of Omega clearly states Angels shall not enter the presence of the living. Only the chosen can read this book and it has been given to 64 priests to show why a priest is kindling for the fires of hell.

  • Jonathan

    My guardian angel came to me when I woke up in the middle of the night one time. I hadn’t prayed, but might’ve felt overwhelmed by the day’s events for some reason. I wasn’t drunk or high, but when I woke up I saw all these nice rainbow colours floating around on the wall and it scared me senseless, I was trying to grab it. Then I turned on the light and it disappeared. Recently I looked up what this means and it’s the fumes of the vehicle the guardian angel is transporting themselves on (probably some kind of magical propulsion different from rocket ship propulsion).

  • Karla Arizpe

    I try to keep my guardian angel away from me cus i do not want to taint it from my impurity,and always tell him to stay away from me cus again i do not want it to be tainted by my impurity as a human being.

  • Arinda

    well for your information there are some angels that were chosen to live in human world. so yes they are here to experience their lives and also to do God’s work. but just because they are here to do God’s work doesn’t always mean that these people are very strict Christian or catholic or whatever. because God is not Christian, Catholic, Mormon, Muslim, Islamic, Pagan, and on and on. instead God is for all not just one thing. and please do not take personal about my opinion or belief. I’m just sharing what I think or what I know.