Do Animals Have Guardian Angels?

Hello all,

I don’t believe they do, but is there any Church teaching stating that animals don’t have guardian angels? I don’t think it would make sense as I thought only humans were appointed guardian angels to guard us, and assist us in obtaining Heaven. If they did, wouldn’t that apply to every living thing (insects, plants, bacteria, etc.) which makes no sense at all.

Any information would be most appreciated.

God bless!

No, I don’t think there is any Church teaching on this. The only thing the catechism says about angels being guardians refers to human beings (CCC 336).

I suppose that one could ask his guardian angel to watch over his pets, or the angel might do this of his own accord if it contributes in some way to the pet owner’s salvation or sanctification, or perhaps merely as a little temporal favor or reward from God to the pet owner. In my opinion, service animals would better justify prayers than pets which merely amuse.

That said, your reasoning on the matter seems perfectly sound to me.

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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It implies the aim of guardian angels, which cant be done for animals which dont have immotral souls.

Nevertheless,

2416 Animals are God’s creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. 197 Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals

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Patron saints, yes; guardian angels, no. :cool:

NO saints for NO animals. When does this goofiness end?

Better to be goofy than ignorant!

:tsktsk:

…St. Francis and St. Anthony are patron Saints of animals.

God bless.

I have read, and this may fall under the rubric of private revelation, that while individual animals don’t have guardian angels, there are nevertheless angels which watch over different kinds of animals in general; i.e. an angel that is concerned with birds, one that is concerned with dogs, one that is concerned with cats, one for fish, etc. There are also angels (or perhaps one angel in particular) who watches over nature (nature on earth that is) as a whole.

God seems to like to delegate tasks to angels, and to make his creations have a sort of granular or particulate nature and then to have the interlocking parts (including angels) interact:

From: Intercession of the Saints is more effective than direct prayer to God?

Thank you everyone - I really appreciate all of the replies; it’s all been thought provoking and so helpful!

Thank you, Pat! This seems to be the case in the situation in which I’m in a discussion with a loved one. They found it in an old Catholic book. I’ll have to find out which book that is.

You are welcome! :slight_smile:

Oh, and if you can find out the name of the old book, I would be interested in knowing what it is. :slight_smile:

right

Pat,

I found out that the book is: Saint Michael and the Angels, available through TAN Books. It was originally The Precious Blood and the Angels.

God bless you!

dtb

If it’s goofiness to know that St. Francis (my Dad’s patron saint) is the patron saint for animals, I think I’ll stay goofy. :cool: :whacky:

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