The Importance of Angels with Fr. Jon Vander Ploeg

What are angels? What is their purpose? What is our relationship with angels? There are so many questions around angels and today Jeff Cavins talks with Fr. Jon Vander Ploeg to get the answers to a lot of these questions. Through this episode, you will learn more about what angels are and what angels are not.

Snippet from the Show
Sometimes where we have a lack of hope or trust in Christ, we will grow sentimental in a way that lacks truth.


Traditional Guardian Angel Prayer

Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.

Padre Pio’s Guardian Angel Prayer

Oh, my Holy guardian Angel, care for my soul and my body.
Enlighten my mind that I may better know the Lord my God and love him with all my heart.
Watch over me when I pray so I won’t give into life’s distractions.
Sustain me with your counsel as I live as righteous Christian, and help me to do good works with a giving heart.
Protect me from the cunning of the adversary, and lift me up when I am being tempted so I may win the fight against evil.
Stay beside me at all times, never stop watching over me until I’m called back to the father’s house, where we will praise
together our Great God for all eternity.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 336

From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their (the angels) watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united to God.

Resource Mentioned

The Angels and the Liturgy by Eric Peterson


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Meet Your Host: Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.

Jeff created The Bible Timeline learning system, which revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for millions of Catholics. Since its introduction, Jeff has developed The Great Adventure series of Bible studies to help people better understand Sacred Scripture and its meaning for their lives. 

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