[quote="Fergal, post:6, topic:243349"]
Then he returns to God empty handed. That alone should provide enough stimulus for us to start living holy lives!
t forget that each of our guardian angels is already enjoying the Beatific Vision; and will continue to enjoy it, regardless of whether his charges soul ends up in Heaven or Hell or (initially) Purgatory. In this life, the angel`s intellect and will are focussed on his charge. Being "only" spirit, the angel is nowhere physically, as already mentioned by HickmanJosh. A spirit is nothing other than intellect and will.
If the soul goes straight to the state of Heaven, there will be a union of knowledge and love between soul and angel, as well, of course, as the Beatific Vision, and all that flows from that.
If the soul goes initially to Purgatory, the guardian angel can focus his intellect and will on the soul to give "it" some comfort.
If the soul goes to Hell, the angel
s intellect and will cease to focus on that soul: nothing more can be done because the soul is lost forever. im pretty sure we were told once in a sermon that the angel will feel some loss......might be mistaken about that, though......