In the life of a Catholic, faith in angels and their help to us humans has an important place. What does the Catechism of the Catholic Church say about these spiritual creatures?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (Polish edition) contains teaching on the angels of God in paragraphs 328-336 and 350-352. According to paragraph 328: “The existence of spiritual, incorporeal beings, which Scripture usually calls angels, is a truth of the faith.”
We also learn from the Catechism that “In all their being, angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they always contemplate ‘the face of the Father … who is in heaven” (Mt 18:10), they are executors of His commands (…)”
Besides, in paragraph 330 we can read: “As purely spiritual creatures, angels possess reason and will: they are personal and immortal creatures. They surpass in excellence all visible creatures.”
The Catholic Church teaches that angels have tasks in relation to human beings. Guardian Angels are sent by God to:
- precede us humans and lead us to our destination, which is God and eternal life;
- protect us humans during our earthly pilgrimage, throughout our earthly lives.
Is it not right to trust the Church and Her teaching on angels? Can we cope alone in a world full of dangers? Can we rely only on our own strength?
If we believe in God and in His providence which watches over us, we will easily (supported by God’s grace) listen to the Guardian Angel whom God sends us.