How Guardian Angels Actually Work

Are angels real? Why did God make them? What do guardian angels do? Do I have one? Does it have a name? Can I name it?

…All these questions and more answered today by Fr. Mike Schmitz.

Meet Fr. Mike Schmitz

Fr. Mike Schmitz serves as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and as chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

He is a presenter in Ascension’s ChosenAltaration, and The 99 programs, and has a channel on Ascension Presents. He is also the host of the Ascension podcasts The Bible in a Year and The Catechism in a Year.

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  1. Hi there!

    Just like to share (out of personal experience) regarding guardian Angel names.

    I had a very brief (approx 5 to 10 second) encounter with a ‘heavenly agent’, not too long ago and I instinctively understood that The Father had allowed this encounter as a gift. I therefore understand I was introduced to what we call the guardian Angel. I say “introduced” as the Angel before me did not utter a single word. When I asked what it was (though in my mind I pretty much knew, but needed assurance), I felt (not heard) an inner. faint voice say “an Angel”. I, at this point excited, asked several times”Is it my guardian Angel?” to which I got no reply. I then asked “Well then, what’s their name?” The same inner, faint, felt voice reveled their name. I felt a great joy, relief and a deep understanding of how God sees me, His closeness and His intimate understanding of not only me, but ALL of us.

    In the leading weeks I was desperate to talk about it, but I felt discouraged in doing so. I, (from the time of our introduction), began to speak to it, asking loads of questions to which I never really got any replies to. But when ever I ask for it’s assistance it generously obliged!
    I one day referred to it as “MY” guardian Angel, and to my astonishment I again felt a different inner voice sternly reply “I don’t belong to you and you don’t belong to me. But WE belong to God”. Again, I was left stunned and this time also a little hurt, but when I reflected on it, it was true. Angels (as we), belong solely to The Father. They only answer to Him as we should. He is their first priority as He should be to us. I then recalled Jesus’ words “Love the Lord God above ALL and love others as I have loved you” I further recalled Him encouraging the disciples to refer to God as “Father”.

    From then on I either refer to it as “the Angel that supports me”, or by it’s name which was given to it by God and has an “el” in it (which means “of God” or belonging to God).

    From what I’ve gather, the Angels respect God’s jealousy of us and know that not they or anyone else should come between us and He.

    I need to further add, I never again saw the angel that supports me since that first time, but whenever I do express my desire to see them again, the Father gives me little reminders that He thinks of me and is never far off.


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