Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mt 18:1-10 Guardian Angels

Mt 18:1-10  Guardian Angels
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…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.”
This morning, before the children’s Mass, I asked Fr. John if he had a good guardian angel story. 
He did.
My mom was pregnant when she suddenly woke up in the middle of the night and heard a voice inside her telling her she needed to go immediately to the hospital.  She woke my dad and they headed straight out the door and to the local emergency room.  They didn’t know what was going on.  She felt no physical pain, but she sensed immediate danger; danger for her unborn child.  The little voice inside her head was relentless:  "the child is dying".  After a few tests, the doctor rushed her into the operating room.  She needed to deliver her baby at once, by C-section, for her child indeed was having difficulty breathing.  In turns out he had pneumonia and would have died within hours if not delivered and treated.
I asked Fr. John which sibling it was.  He said, “It was me!”
At Mass, I told the children that they should all be smiling.  As soon as I said it, they all started to smile.  I went up to one child and asked him why he was smiling.  He said, “I don’t know.”  It figures!  I shouted back, “You don’t know!!!  You should know.  You should all be smiling for the same reason. None of you could smile if you were not…?”  I was waiting for someone to finish the sentence for me.  They said, “Happy!”, “Loved!”    
“Yes!  Yes!  Of course!” I said, “but none of you could smile or be ‘happy’ or ‘loved’ if you were not…?”  Finally…one child got it:  “ALIVE!”
“Yes!  Alive!!!” 
We all take for granted what we should all be most grateful for.
Angel sent by God to guide me, be my light and walk beside me, be my guardian and protect me, on the paths of life direct me.  Amen!
Unfortunately, we tend to not acknowledge our guardian angels unless they are doing what they are suppose to be doing; that is, protecting us, defending us, and guiding us.  Unfortunately, most of our stories regarding guardian angels are amazingly hairy and scary stories.  I think that’s because we take them for granted and  only notice them when it matters most. 
Fr. John has plenty of stories. 
I do too.
I used to say this prayer to my guardian angel at least three times a day as a seminarian:  in the morning, at midday, and once at night.  Now I say it every time I get in my car.   I say it because I believe in guardian angels.  I say it because I have experienced the power of guardian angels.
I don’t like to fly.  I don’t like heights.  And I know I have mentioned to you, in previous meditations, my disdain for mountain climbing.  Well, while I was in Northern Italy, our religious community would often go on very long hikes up very high mountains.  What made things worse is that we never wore the proper clothes or shoes or brought the proper equipment for this type of hiking.  I remember passing warning signs that read:  “Bring extra food, warm clothes, proper footwear, first aid equipment in case of severe or unexpected weather conditions.”  I learned to stop reading these signs.  They were depressing.  None of us owned hiking boots, none of us had extra food or warm clothes, and yet we would pass these signs singing a Te Deum and hike up mountains covered in snow and ice.  Just thinking about it today makes me wonder how I ever survived.
Actually, I know how.  It was by God’s grace.  It was by the help of the angels and saints!  It was by the prayers of many!
On most hikes, I was in the back of the pack, with the “slow” group.  That’s because I was the least enthusiastic, the least interested, and the least willing to go and it showed.  But one day, on one particular hike, I decided, for some strange reason, to hike with the “fast” group. 
It didn’t take long for us to have inadvertently separated from the “slow” group.  We waited for them but they never showed up.  This was strange since we knew we were in front of them and on the proper trail.  Low and behold, someone called out and spotted them.  They were on the opposite side of us, on a very steep and dangerous cliff, with their hands hugging the side of the mountain.  Somehow they had lost their way and were now walking ever-so-slowly on a ridge that was no more than 3 feet wide.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  My heart went out for them.  And all I could think of was the fact that I was not with them.    All I could imagine was me on that steep cliff.  I would not believe that I was not with them!  I could not believe that on this day, I had decided to do something I had never done before.
Every day we should pray the prayer to our guardian angel.  I believe in its power.  You should too.


  1. oh ! I wish I was in Mass this morning listing to you Father ;)

    We all take for granted what we should all be most grateful for- I totally agree with u !

    I used to say this prayer? What was the prayer that you use to say to your Guardian angel Father Alfonse ? A particular Prayer ?

    I don’t like to fly. I don’t like heights - That is TOO CUTE and sort of funny LOL! Father and feel for u :( :)))

    So that means you will not go on any roller coaster ride or any kind of carnival ride right?? I have notice from my culture that Latin male they feel uncomfortable/dislike flying and scared of heights. Isn't that part of not being in-control of themselves or the situation they are in.

    Good Bless u My Father Alfonse:)

  2. Amen Father Alfonse!!!

  3. Why do guardian angels protect some, but not others?

    1. I know what you’re getting at but think about it…..Who does our guardian angel have to protect us from? Our God of Love? Satan? Death? Suffering? If God is Love, then everything that happens to me, good or bad in my eyes, is willed by or allowed by our God of Love. He will not let anything happen to me that is not for my good; if it’s my time to go it’s my time to go. My guardian angel does not have power to change that. Only if I choose to harm myself through sin will I allow Satan in. I think our guardian angels are God’s unique way of showing us how unique we are. They are there to light, to guard, to rule and guide…. our souls not our bodies. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:24
      A priest introduced me several years ago to a Jungian psychologist named Robert Johnson. I think he is still alive… maybe in his 90’s now. I never met him but have read many of his books. He talked about how he lost his leg at a very young age through an accident. But he had the insight to realize if that car had hit him one or two seconds later, he would not be alive. If he had stepped on the sidewalk one or two seconds earlier he would not have lost his leg. He understood as a boy, that this was divine providence. His guardian angel was there to make sure his soul would learn the necessary life lessons he was meant to have from all eternity – only to help all humanity!!!! It had changed his life forever. He became the man God wanted him to be only through the struggles that this accident produced.
      Remember Clarence, the angel striving for his wings in” It’s a Wonderful Life”? I love him!!! He was such a klutz but a very lovable klutz who only took orders from above. He put George through hell, but in the end it was George’s very hell that showed (George) that he had heaven all along. It just had to be transformed into a revelation that George could realize.

  4. That is an excellent question! I'm not sure. Each person with or without the Lord, create their own story. That is, what happens to one person may not happen to me. Why did those seminarians have to be on the cliff? I have no idea. It's probably not my business either, but the Lord knows why. And I truly believe we get what we need for our salvation.

  5. I have never heard of anyone on this earth not having a guaardian angel. I am almost certain that every soul has one. Some people also have more than one.

  6. Father Alfonse,

    Tried to overcome my fear of heights by forcing myself to look down eight floors at the Embassy Suites Garden Hotel. It drove me crazy. Going up escalators does the same thing but elevators are miracles. When I was a child I used to pray to my Guardian Angel every night before bed. Now, I say a prayer to God and my Angel before I leave and return to my home everyday. When I leave St. Monica after adoration I make it part of the prayers for my safe return home. I was taught about my Guardian Angel from my parents and when I was at St. Thomas Aquinas.

    God Bless You

  7. Father Alfonse,

    Don't think you would be making a trip to Reunion Tower or what about the new Hunt Bridge. The part of your meditation about Father John really hit hard especially since loosing two children within two years. Miracles do happen and God Blessed my husband and I with a child through a Catholic adoption. He gave me a little girl when we were told it would be a boy. I kept having feelings about the doctors being wrong. Think God was telling me all the time I was right. I prayed for a little girl for a long time.

    God Bless You

  8. I hate I missed mass yesterday. I really enjoy when you share with the children your stories and make them laugh. I think that is one of the things we take for granted, allowing ourselves to be part of a child’s world and enjoy everything in it. Although I missed mass, I enjoyed reading in the Magnificat, “The Holy Guardian Angels” Memorial and the meditation of the day.

    I am sure you will hear many stories about angel’s protection. I have several, hmm, which one to tell…maybe the one where I was car jacked with my two daughters and we were able to escape, or maybe the one where my Mom and I were sitting in my car at a shopping center by a check cashing place and the guy who robbed the check cashing place was parked right next to us,fired some shots,looked at us,jumped in his car and drove away. But the one that sends chills every time I think about it was when I was driving down LBJ and the hood of another car went flying and hit the front hood of my car, bounced right off my hood and over my car, if that hood had hit my windshield, it would have decapitated me...I would hate to die in a freak accident...I guess it doesn't matter as long as I am good with the Lord. When I share these stories I always say it was the Grace of God and forget to give credit to my guardian poor guardian angel, always busy.

    On another note, this is why I love to go to Adoration, when we sing “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” I feel I am part of God’s Glorious presence with all His Angels! “Hark! the loud celestial hymn. Angel choirs above are raising; Cherubim and Seraphim in unceasing chorus praising, Fill the heavens with sweet accord; Holy, holy, holy Lord! I have to admit this is so powerful that sometimes I am not able to finish the singing. I can’t believe I didn’t make this part of my daily routine until two years ago. Adoration; it is the most beautiful experience! Can you imagine what it will be like when we see the real beauty? Mercy Me--I can only imagine…


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