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St. Gabriel Update and News from the Monastery

We are in Real Need of your Continued Support

The St. Gabriel building project is progressing slowly, but steadily. The foam insulated concrete walls are complete for the entire monastery, except for the nave of the Chapel, which will be higher than the rest of the building. The concrete floor for the choir loft has been poured and the base of the bell tower is also standing. All the electrical and water works were put in place before the floor was poured. Below you see the priests and brothers standing in the future sanctuary of the main chapel.

We are grateful for all your support in the project, but would also like to mention that we are in real need of your continued support. We are looking especially for larger donations, but every donation is important and necessary for this project. Just as with the Sister's convent, the combined effort of all brought it to completion, so we say once again, may God reward you, and ask if you might please consider a generous Easter donation.

First Saturdays in the Sisters' chapel, though larger than the guest house chapel where we began the First Saturday devotions, is already becoming a tight squeeze as we wait for the larger Monastery chapel to be complete. But we are delighted with the families and others who are frequenting our First Saturday devotions. We hope the monastery may become a spiritual center for the diocese, so that through the Angels, graces may flow throughout the Church. Read More


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A Guardian Angel Story

One day, as while I was running out to the store to get our son a pair of shoes, I saw a very thin homeless man standing on the side of the road. I had not a dollar on me just a bank card. I asked my Guardian Angel out loud to please make sure this man gets some food today. We were short on money as my husband's work was slow at the time, however, I was immediately prompted that I could at least afford a $5 pizza for this man as there was a pizza place close by.
I ran into the store and got my son's shoes and forgetfully turned the opposite way of the pizza place to go home. I immediately remembered and pulled into a Tim Hortons to turn around and then, prompted again, got in line at Tim Hortons and ordered for the man a sandwich meal. I pulled forward to pay and the man smiled, handed me the meal and said, "It is already paid for".
I just thought wow how fast the Angels work! I drove over to the man, rolled down my window and said, "Excuse me, Sir." Before he even looked at me, the man raised his hands to the sky and said, "Thank you, Angels!" Then took the meal and thanked me.
My Angel reinforced what I already knew, but so easily forgot: That we should not worry about money, just listen to God's will (through our Angel). If God wants us to help others, He will provide—even if it is at Tim Hortons! And it also reminded me of how quickly our Angels are willing and ready to help us.

~ Christine W.

If you have an inspiring Angel story, you would be willing to share, please send it to contact@opusangelorum.org.

Commonly Asked Questions
on the Angels

The short answer to this most asked of all questions about the angels is simply "no." For the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Sacraments of the Vatican stated in the document The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy of 2001, that "the practice of assigning names to the holy angels should be discouraged, except in the cases of St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and St. Michael, whose names are contained in Holy Scripture" (217).

We do well to reflect, then, that the term "Holy Guardian Angel" expresses very deeply our bond to the angel assigned to us by God for life. For just as there is only one woman and one man in this whole world who can respond to us when we say, "Mom" or "Dad", so too in all the choirs of angels, there is only one angel who can respond to us when we cry out, "Holy Guardian Angel, help me!"

That every baptized person has a Guardian Angel is clear from what St. Basil taught and the new Catechism of the Catholic Church reiterated, "Every one of the faithful has an angel standing at his side as educator and guide, directing his life" (cf. CCC 336). This passage does not state specifically that every human being, without exception, has a Guardian Angel. Nevertheless, in another passage, the Catechism stresses in no uncertain terms that "From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their [that is, the angels'] watchful care and intercession" (CCC 336).

In accord with this, the general teaching of theologians holds that not only every baptized person, but every human being has their own personal Guardian Angel which also teaches the recently published YOUCAT (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church), approved by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in 2010, "Every person receives from God a Guardian Angel" (n. 55). This view is biblically based and founded on the words of Our Lord in the Gospels, where He states emphatically to His disciples, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father Who is in heaven" (Mt 18:10). Moreover, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that the protection of the angels is a gift not only of grace, but also a gift to mankind in the order of nature. Finally, since each individual, based on their own free will, has a unique destiny, it is fitting that there be a one-on-one relationship with an angel. This same position was also taught by St. Gregory the Wonder Worker and St. Jerome, who held that every person has from birth their own special Guardian Angel.

St. Thomas Aquinas maintains that everyone receives a Guardian Angel at birth. Moreover, he states that the Guardian Angel of the mother guards her child while it is still in the womb. Other Fathers and Doctors of the Church, however, for example, St. Jerome and St. Basil the Great, believe that our Guardian Angel is assigned at baptism. St. Anselm, on the other hand, goes a step farther by stating that "every soul is committed to an angel when it is united with a body." In other words, he believes, along with some other saints and theologians, that everyone receives a Guardian Angel at conception. To sum up, then, there are three opinions about when our Guardian Angel may be assigned to us, namely, 1.) at conception, 2.) at birth, or 3.) or at baptism.

The fact, that every human person has a Guardian Angel excludes implicitly that we receive the Guardian Angel at baptism. It remains, then, a question open to speculation whether a human being receives the Guardian Angel at conception or birth. But since a person's life begins at the moment of conception, there is no reason for the angel to have to wait until the person is born. Considering the importance of prenatal care, it is reasonable to believe that the Guardian Angel would be want to be involved. It may also be true, that all benefit from the angelic assistance from the beginning of life according to the natural providence of God, and that in baptism a deeper supernatural bond with the holy angels arises.

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