My seventh grade Religion teacher (in Catholic school), who was a former nun, told us a story about a girl who asked her guardian angel’s name. Shortly afterward, someone started calling the girl “Maria,” though that was not her name. The girl then realized that “Maria” must be her guardian angel’s name; that this was the angel’s way of telling her. The teacher then told us that we could do the same with our guardian angels.
I liked the idea at the time, so I asked my angel to reveal his/her name. Shortly afterward, the principal (also a nun) started calling me Kathleen, even though that was not my name. So for a while there I thought my guardian angel’s name was Kathleen!
Well, I eventually came to doubt this whole method of finding out an angel’s name, so I no longer call my angel “Kathleen.” I’ve heard of people assigning names to their angel (doesn’t Peter Kreeft call his “Frodo”?) so at one point I gave my angel a name based in Hebrew. That seemed fitting since, as noted above, most legit angelic names apparently are in Hebrew with the divine suffix -el at the end (Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, etc.).
However, now I’m not even completely comfortable with calling him by that assigned name, so I usually just address him as “O Holy Guardian Angel…” I read somewhere that the Church says we should always address angels in prayer as “holy…” I think that’s supposed to make it clear that we intend to address holy angels of God rather than fallen angels.
In Jesu et Maria,