Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”

FEAST OF THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS

Pietro da Cortona
Today's feast of the Holy Guardian Angels reminds us that we need metaphysical assistance to defend ourselves from the powers of Darkness, which every day, every minute, try to drag our souls into sin and eventually down to hell.  God has given each of us spiritual helpmates, we should pray to them daily and become familiar with their protective presence always beside us; and learn to thank them for the efforts they make that we are not worse than we are!

PRAYER TO OUR GUARDIAN ANGELS
O HOLY ANGELS, whom God,
by the effect of His goodness
and His tender regard for my welfare,
has charged with the care of my conduct,
and who assist me in all my wants
and comfort me in all my afflictions,
who support me when I am discouraged
and continually obtain for me new favours,
I return you profound thanks,
and I earnestly beseech you,
O most amiable protectors,
to continue your charitable care and defense of me
against the malignant attacks of all my enemies.
Keep me away from all occasions of sin.
Obtain for me the grace of listening attentively
to your holy inspirations
and of faithfully putting them into practice.
In particular, I implore you to obtain for me
the favour for which I ask.
[Here mention your need.]
Protect me in all the temptations and trials of this life,
but more especially at the hour of my death,
and do not leave me until you have conducted me
into the presence of my Creator
in the mansions of everlasting happiness. Amen. Pater, Ave, Gloria.