Prayer to the Guardian Angel of the United States

IMG_1419 - Version 2Today, as the 538 members of the Electoral College cast their votes, let’s remember to say a prayer for them, as well as for our nation.  This is a beautiful prayer to our country’s Guardian Angel from Opus Sanctorum Angelorum.

Prayer to the Guardian Angel of the United States

O Glorious Guardian Angel of the United States, to whom God has entrusted the care of our beloved country, we honor you and thank you for the care and protection you have given to this great nation from the first moment of its inception.
O Powerful Angel Guardian, whose watchful glance encompasses this vast land from shore to shore, we know that our sins have grieved you and marred the beauty of our heritage. Lead us to a deep conversion, so that we may return to the embrace of His merciful love!
O Holy Angel, obtain for us, through the intercession of the Queen of Heaven before the throne of God the graces we need to overcome the forces of evil so rampant in our beloved land.
Help us, our God-given protector and friend, to respond wholeheartedly to the urgent pleas of the Mother of God at Fatima.  Assist us to offer the prayers and sacrifices necessary to bring peace and goodness to our nation.
We want to make you known and loved throughout our land, so that docile to your inspirations we may know, love and serve our Lord more faithfully and so become once more “one Nation under God”!  Amen.

O Maria, sine labe concepta, ora pro nobis qui ad te confugimus.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Planes, trains and automobiles

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and  guard, to rule and guide.

This is part of our morning prayer, our driving prayer, and even our plane prayer. No trains to speak of yet…

Our angels are with us all the time, so why not put them to work? It’s good to thank them throughout the day, to ask for their help in everything we do, and to ask for their inspiration when we don’t know what to do…or what to write…in a blog post, for example.

Stories of saints and their guardian angels abound.  One we’ll share with you is that of St. Josemaría Escrivá, who had a very special devotion to his guardian angel.

Once during a time of intense anticlerical persecution in Madrid, a would-be aggressor stood menacingly in Josemaría’s path with the obvious intention of doing him harm.  Someone suddenly stood between them and drove off the assailant.  It all happened in an instant.  The protector came up after the incident and whispered to him: ‘Mangy donkey, mangy donkey’, the expression Josemaría used to refer to himself in the intimacy of his soul.  Only his confessor knew about this.  Peace and joy filled his heart as he recognized the intervention of his Angel.

It’s great to know we have such a friend and protector helping us on our journey to Heaven.  Let’s thank God for our angels today!