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Old Dec 14, '10, 7:18 pm
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Default Is everyone's guardian angel unique to them?

Since I didn't want to hijack the thread about whether guardian angels exists or not, I just had to ask this question. In other words, do guardian angels protect mulitiple people or do they just look out for one person and that's it? I have to admit I quite like the idea of the same angel protecting generations of a family tree.(Maybe my great-grandmother's angels is also my angel!) Also I would feel very bad for the angel that had to accompany say, Chairman Mao and only had that one chance to watch over a human while on earth. Any official word on this matter?
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I don't believe there's anything "official" on this. I did keyword searches on Pope John Paul II's Catechesis on the Angels and didn't see that addressed.

You might also peruse St. Thomas Aquinas, the "Angelic Doctor," on angels, although I don't recall that addressed in the parts of that section I read.
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I was hoping more people would respond and have some insight...I've wondered this for some time myself. Hopefully more people will find this thread!
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Old Dec 15, '10, 1:49 pm
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Yes, your guardian angel is unique to you alone.

However some saints state that you can ask your angel to communicate with another's angel in time of danger spiritually or physically. In fact you should invoke your angel before every endeavour or journey. They are immensely powerful but we have to ask for their help.
Also it is related that your angel accompanies you to Purgatory & remains with you until you enter Parasise. A comforting thought which means you are never ever alone or forgotten, no matter how bad things may seem.
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Thanks a lot tobias - and everyone else! However, do you have any evidence that this is Church teaching? I'll take your word on everything you said (didn't know your guardian angel accompanies you to Purgatory) but I would feel better if you provided a source.
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However, do you have any evidence that this is Church teaching?
The Church does not even teach (as an article of Faith) that we have a Guardian Angel. So the Church has surely not taught specific details.

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That every individual soul has a guardian angel has never been defined by the Church, and is, consequently, not an article of faith; but it is the "mind of the Church", as St. Jerome expressed it: "how great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it." (Comm. in Matt., xviii, lib. II).
- The Catholic Encyclopedia, article on "Guardian Angels"
The article cited and linked above provides some good information about the thoughts of various theologians on the subject (including St. Thomas Aquinas, who speculated that our Guardian Angels do not leave us at death, but are even present with us in Heaven).

But this is all speculation. The idea of Guardian Angels has not been defined as a doctrine of the Church. We are each free to believe or disbelieve in Guardian Angels.
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found this in the Catechism, bold type added by me:

I. THE ANGELS

The existence of angels - a truth of faith

328 The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls "angels" is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.

Who are they?

329 St. Augustine says: "'Angel' is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is 'spirit'; if you seek the name of their office, it is 'angel': from what they are, 'spirit', from what they do, 'angel.'"188 With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they "always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven" they are the "mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word".189

330 As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness.190

Christ "with all his angels"

331 Christ is the center of the angelic world. They are his angels: "When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him. . "191 They belong to him because they were created through and for him: "for in him all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities - all things were created through him and for him."192 They belong to him still more because he has made them messengers of his saving plan: "Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?"193

332 Angels have been present since creation and throughout the history of salvation, announcing this salvation from afar or near and serving the accomplishment of the divine plan: they closed the earthly paradise; protected Lot; saved Hagar and her child; stayed Abraham's hand; communicated the law by their ministry; led the People of God; announced births and callings; and assisted the prophets, just to cite a few examples.194 Finally, the angel Gabriel announced the birth of the Precursor and that of Jesus himself.195

333 From the Incarnation to the Ascension, the life of the Word incarnate is surrounded by the adoration and service of angels. When God "brings the firstborn into the world, he says: 'Let all God's angels worship him.'"196 Their song of praise at the birth of Christ has not ceased resounding in the Church's praise: "Glory to God in the highest!"197 They protect Jesus in his infancy, serve him in the desert, strengthen him in his agony in the garden, when he could have been saved by them from the hands of his enemies as Israel had been.198 Again, it is the angels who "evangelize" by proclaiming the Good News of Christ's Incarnation and Resurrection.199 They will be present at Christ's return, which they will announce, to serve at his judgment.200

The angels in the life of the Church

334 In the meantime, the whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels.201

335 In her liturgy, the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice-holy God. She invokes their assistance (in the funeral liturgy's In Paradisum deducant te angeli. . .["May the angels lead you into Paradise. . ."]). Moreover, in the "Cherubic Hymn" of the Byzantine Liturgy, she celebrates the memory of certain angels more particularly (St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and the guardian angels).

336 From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.202 "Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life."203 Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.
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found this in the Catechism, bold type added by me:

I. THE ANGELS

"203 Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.

It is awesome to realize that we, as believers, are (already) standing in a much greater realm than just mere earthlings.
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I'll take your word on everything you said (didn't know your guardian angel accompanies you to Purgatory) but I would feel better if you provided a source.
I believe Maria Simma, old Austrian peasant woman & mystic (died 2004) had many visits from Holy Souls in Purgatory, begging for prayers, Masses etc. I think she mentioned it. I too thought their task was ended with our earthly death but seems not.

Get her book -- 'Get us out of Here' - absolutely fascinating & so comforting. Everyone has a chance to be saved. But pray pray pray ceaselessly for all friends & family in Purgatory; some can remain for 400yrs in our time.
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[quote=[COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Bendecida;7365512]Since I Also I would feel very bad for the angel that had to accompany say, Chairman Mao and only had that one chance to watch over a human while on earth. QUOTE[/color]]

I wouldn't worry about Mao; he did much good for China & its people acording to his own light. I believe he had honourable intentions but eventually became corrupt and self-indulgent as a dreamer and a poet. I pray his good deeds outweigh his evil ones.

Sidney Rittenberg wrote in his memoir The Man Who Stayed Behind that he believes Mao never intended to cause the deaths and suffering endured by people under his chairmanship. Rittenberg has declared that Mao "was a great leader in history, and also a great criminal because, not that he wanted to, not that he intended to, but in fact, his wild fantasies led to the deaths of tens of millions of people."[

Many Chinese today believe that through his policies, he laid the economic, technological and cultural foundations of modern China, transforming the country from a backward agrarian society into a major world power.
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You lost me when you defended Chairman Mao: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/...mass-murderers.
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http://www.amazon.com/Mao-Story-Jung...6088182&sr=8-1 Let's stick to the subject.
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Interesting question...

I don't know. And I don't know of any testimony about it. I'll keep my eyes open for that now though, because it's interesting.

I do know that some people have more than one guardian angel, these are people with special responsibilities. They can be bishops, etc.

I highly recommend the Chaplet of St. Michael for making the angels happy and so you too.
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If our guardian angels follow us to purgatory and heaven, what about those who end up in hell? If they follow us to the afterlife, it seems like it's an eternal partnership. Do angels who guarded those who ultimately fell just go to heaven with no human? Or are they thought to be just as fallen as the human?
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Purgatory is part of Heaven. Not the same thing as Hell.

People who go to Hell have finally rejected God, and thus they have rejected all of other good things. So obviously, they have rejected their guardian angels as well.

Guardian angels are our angelic friends and protectors, but they are independent beings. If we go to Hell, they will not.

Also, they don't "follow us to the afterlife". They are spirits. Heaven is their homebase at all times. If anything, we follow them!
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