Let the Angels Guide You, Says John Paul II

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VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2004 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II recommended to believers that they allow their lives to be guided by angels.



The Pope gave this advice at the end of today's general audience in St. Peter's Square. The feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, which the Church celebrates today, and that of the Guardian Angels, on Oct. 2, are opportunities to "think of the diligence with which God is concerned with each human person," the Holy Father said.

"Experience the presence of the angels next to you and allow yourselves to be guided by them," he recommended.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the existence of angles "is a truth of faith," based on Scripture and the Tradition of the Church.

"The angels are servants and messengers of God, because they 'always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven' [Matthew 18:10], 'they are the mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word' [Psalm 103:20]," adds this explanation of the creed of the Church (No. 329).

"Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life," the Catechism states, quoting St. Basil.