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Do You Know Your Guardian Angel Finishes Your Rosary When You Fall Asleep? Here Is How

Do You Know Your Guardian Angel Finishes Your Rosary When You Fall Asleep? Here Is How


Sometimes I am interrupted when I am praying the Rosary. Am I allowed to continue praying, or should I restart?

My guardian angel has prayed more rosaries than I have. There’s a pious saying that if you fall asleep while praying your prayers, your guardian angel finishes them. Well, for many years, I knew I should be saying a daily rosary, but I thought if I started the Creed as my head hit the pillow at night, I could at least say I tried. Let’s just say that my guardian angel had its work cut out for it. Every night.

There’s nothing wrong with saying the rosary as you go to bed. In fact, in his interview with Cardinal Ratzinger, God and the World, Peter Seewald asked the future Pope what he did at night when he couldn’t settle down, and Ratzinger said, “I would recommend the Rosary. That is a form of prayer that, besides its spiritual meaning, has the power to calm the inner self. If we hold fast here to the actual words, then we are gradually freed from the thoughts that so torment us.”

But maybe by only praying the rosary then, I was missing out on some of the fruits. Why was I pushing it until the end of the day? I can’t use the excuse that I didn’t have time. The rosary generally takes about fifteen minutes, depending on what God wants to do in your time of meditation. fifteen minutes is about one percent of your day. Americans spend an average of one hundred sixty-two minutes on their mobile devices every day. And that doesn’t include actually talking on them! And the rosary only takes about fifteen minutes. Can we really say we don’t have time for the rosary?

As we looked at last week, it can be difficult to say the rosary. Perhaps our minds wander and we are easily distracted. Maybe we struggle with whether to pay attention to the mysteries of the Rosary or the words our lips are praying. Perhaps it has become too routine and we are bored.

I want to share a few different things I have found helped me in my meditation. Remember, the rosary isn’t just a bunch of Our Fathers and Hail Marys. The point of the rosary is not just to repeat those prayers; it is to mediate on the events of the life of Christ. In the end, the Rosary is a meditation on the Gospel.

1. Scripture

It makes sense, then, that Scripture is one of the best aids in meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary. There are hundreds of booklets out there that pair Scripture verses with the mysteries. Some of these have a verse to be read and meditated on for every bead of every decade, while others have a passage to read before each mystery.

You don’t need one of these booklets, however—you can always use your own Bible and read the passage that accompanies that mystery before you begin the Our Father. As you pray the Hail Marys, close your eyes and put yourself in the scene. Maybe you’re a shepherd at the Nativity. What does the night feel like? What is Joseph doing? Is Baby Jesus sleeping? Pick Him up and worship Him.

2. Art

“The Annunciation” (detail by Murillo
“THE ANNUNCIATION” (DETAIL) BY MURILLO
The Catholic Church has used art to teach and pray from the very beginning. Since the Rosary is a particularly incarnational prayer, a meditation on the Word made Flesh, it is fitting to use art to help our meditation. In his famous defense of religious images, St. John Damascene pointed out, “In the old days, the incorporeal and infinite God was never depicted. Now, however, when God has been seen clothed in flesh, and talking with mortals, I make an image of the God whom I see. I do not worship matter, I worship the God of matter, who became matter for my sake, and deigned to inhabit matter, who worked out my salvation through matter.”

We can use icons, paintings, and other works of art to help keep our mind attuned to the mysteries on which we are meditating. There are books, like The Rosary Album, that depict the events pictorially, or one could use the works of Giotto, Fra Angelico, or other famous artists who have painted the events of the life of Christ.

3. Intercession

Sometimes what I need to keep my thoughts focused is to remember to pray for specific intentions. Offering each decade for a different intention can help keep your mind on what you’re praying and why. Perhaps you could focus on the particular virtue that is exhibited in that mystery—maybe during the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery you ask for patience while undergoing a certain long struggle. Or maybe you express gratitude for the blessings on your marriage while praying the Second Luminous Mystery.

4. Break it up!

Since the Rosary only takes about fifteen minutes to pray, for a long time I think I felt that breaking up the prayer was a bit like cheating. But then I read Cardinal Ratzinger’s response in God and the World to the question, “Do you have a particular way of praying the Rosary?”

“I do it quite simply, just as my parents used to pray. Both of them loved the Rosary. And the older they got, the more they loved it. The older you get, the less you are able to make great spiritual efforts, the more you need, rather, an inner refuge, to be enfolded in the rhythm of prayer of the whole Church. And so I pray in the way I always have.”

Peter Seewald pressed him: But how? Do you pray one Rosary, one set of mysteries, or all three?

“No, three are too much for me; I am too much of a restless spirit; I would wander too much. I take just one, and then often only two or three mysteries out of the five, because I can then fit in a certain interval when I want to get away from work and free myself a bit, when I want to be quiet and to clear my head. A whole one would actually be too much for me then.”

Why not pray one decade while you’re waiting in the school pick-up line or at the bank, and pray another during your lunch break? Perhaps Pope Emeritus Benedict prays all twenty decades now that neither the work of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith nor the Papacy rests on his shoulders. But it is comforting to hear him speak of his own restless spirit and wandering thoughts, while also imagining that fourteen years later, he still finds the Rosary an “inner refuge.”

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No matter how we pray the Rosary, we must not forget that it is, at its root, a meditation on the greatest event in human history: the Incarnation. God has become flesh, and the world will never be the same.

“What, a string of beads, cheap little bits of wood and of wire—what is this but a child’s toy? And yet those beads, as they rattle between our fingers, are freighted with grace, full of a sacred influence whose effects last on into eternity! So your non-Catholic friends will exclaim; but this at least we can answer, if we care to answer at all, that the idea of an indulgence attached to the use of a child’s toy is not nearly so extravagant, not nearly so staggering, as the doctrine of the Incarnation – the Second Person of the eternal Trinity dwelling, personally, in a human being” (Ronald Knox, A Retreat for Lay People).

“‘Sometimes I doze off (during prayer) the fatigue of the day makes you fall asleep, but he (God) understands,’” Pope Francis

“I pray the breviary every morning. I like to pray with the psalms. Then, later, I celebrate Mass. I pray the Rosary. What I really prefer is adoration in the evening, even when I get distracted and think of other things, or even fall asleep praying. In the evening then, between seven and eight o’clock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration. But I pray mentally even when I am waiting at the dentist or at other times of the day.” Pope Francis

Prayer To My Guardian Angel

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love commits me here,
Ever this day (or night), be at my side,
to light and guard,
to rule and guide.
Amen.

Guardian Angels 


The Church teaches clearly that each of us, throughout our earthly lives, from conception to death, are accompanied, protected and assisted by a personal guardian angel appointed by God.

Here are some great stories I’ve heard about guardian angels…

You should send your guardian angel ahead of you to smooth things over when you’re going into a meeting where you’re afraid the person you’re meeting might be angry or anxious, to put them in the right frame of mind! Works all the time!
I know many people who have given their guardian angels names and converse with them often
If you fall asleep while praying (eg, the Rosary) your guardian angel completes your prayer on your behalf
Women have the protection of their own guardian angel, but also the guardian angels of all the children they will have until the individual children are conceived. (No wonder women are so holy!)
You can send your guardian angel to someone else’s aid if they need special protection.

Source:

Catholic Letters

This is What Happens to Your Guardian Angel When You Die

This is What Happens to Your Guardian Angel When You Die

Regarding your guardian angel, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches in number 336 that “from infancy to death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession.”

It is clear from this text that we enjoy the protection and vigilance of our guardian angels even at the moment of death. These angels don’t only accompany us in this earthly life; their action extends into the next life.

In order to understand the relationship that continues to exist between angels and human beings during our passing from this life to the next, we must understand that angels have been “sent to serve, for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).

Similarly, Saint Basil the Great teaches that no one can deny that “beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life” (CCC 336).

That is to say, the primary mission of guardian angels is the salvation of mankind: that each of us enters the life of union with God. This mission includes the assistance that guardian angels give to souls at the moment when they present themselves before God.

The Fathers of the Church speak of this mission when they say that guardian angels are present with the soul at the moment of death, and protect it from the last attacks of demons.

How To Create A Strong Relationship With Your Guardian Angel

How To Create A Strong Relationship With Your Guardian Angel

To start, it’s a good idea to greet them and ask for their assistance during the day.

God has given each of us a guardian angel to accompany us on our journey to heaven and eternal life. But how should we interact with this spiritual being who is always with us?

First off, we should think of our guardian angels as friends. There aren’t any secrets between us, as they see everything we do. It’s a good idea to greet them and ask for their assistance during the day.

And why not also form the habit of mentally greeting the guardian angels of those we meet?

This will help us to treat the person, whether he be an acquaintance or a family member, with the respect his human dignity deserves.

Angels know things much better than we do. Recall the dialogue Tobias had with the angel Rafael in the book of Tobit 5:5-6:

Tobias said to him, “Do you know the way to Media?” “Yes,” he replied, “I have been there many times. I know the place well and am acquainted with all the routes.”

So we can also ask our angels for advice whenever we’re in a difficult or dangerous situation. Their assistance is important particularly in moments of temptation. Remember, their mission is to keep us from sin and guide us to heaven.

Many spiritual greats have given us insights into how to foster a relationship with our guardian angels.

According to an account in the Encyclopedia of Angels, Pope Pius XI confided to the future Pope John XXIII that when he had a particularly difficult issue to resolve with someone, he would send his guardian angel to first discuss it with that person’s guardian angel. If there was disagreement, he might even ask that person’s guardian angel to help him to understand the other’s point of view. The accord of the angels, the pope said, would make it easier for the human interlocutors to come to an agreement.

Padre Pio would ask his spiritual children to send him their guardian angels whenever they had a need. The saint often wouldn’t sleep at night for all the time it took him to attend to the needs of his spiritual children as presented to him by their guardian angels.

St. Therese of Lisieux wrote a poem to her guardian angel. Part of it recounts how she used her guardian angel to keep her close to those she loved.

O thou who speedest through all space
More swiftly than the lightnings fly!
Go very often, in my place,
To those I love most tenderly.
With thy soft touch, oh! dry their tears;
Tell them the cross is sweet to bear;
Speak my name softly in their ears,
And Jesu’s name, supremely fair.

It’s also good to remember that not only people have guardian angels, but that corporations, parishes, dioceses, cities and other entities are dedicated to the care of the angels.

When St. John Vianney arrived in Ars, sensitive as he was to the spiritual realm, he greeted the angel of the parish and the guardian angels of all his parishioners.

St. Francis de Sales, in a letter to a bishop, recommended that he invoke the angel of his diocese.

And in Portugal, there is a feast for the angel of the country, the same one who appeared to the little shepherds of Fatima.

What’s most important is that we try to imitate the guardian angels, seeking to be like angels for other people, doing all we can to assist their journey to heaven, where one day, all of us together, saints and angels, will contemplate the face of God.

Source: Aleteia

Your Guardian Angel Is Trying To Contact You When You See These 7 Signs

Your Guardian Angel Is Trying To Contact You When You See These 7 Signs

Angels are spiritual beings, which guide us. Although they have a much different frequency compared to humans, their guidance comes in the form of channeled messages, dreams, and directly receiving insight. Therefore, there are many signs which show us that the angels are around us and they are trying to contact us. These signs may seem small and meaningless at the beginning, but over time they may increase in frequency and size.

These spiritual beings send us signs, which are a symbolic reminder of their love and support. Therefore, we present you some of the most common signs from the angels. You may start noticing these signs because you need some validation or answer to a question you may have asked, or they may serve to simply remind you your angels are with you.

7 Common Angel Signs

 

1. Feathers

If you find feathers on your path, it is one of the signs of the angels. This is an amazing reminder that angels are near, loving and supporting you. If you experience this situation, then enjoy in this powerful angelic sign.

2. Clouds

If you notice a cloud which looks like an angel, it means that your angel is near to you and in this way it is showing its presence.

3. Scents

If you feel a lovely sweet scent and you are unable to identify the source, it indicates that your angel is near you.

4. Babies and Pets

If you notice a baby looking up smiling at the ceiling, or excitedly gazing into the air, it means that the guardian angel is present. When an angel is present, babies and pets seem to be at ease.

5. Music

If you hear angelic singing or a nice sound that you cannot explain, it may be a clear sign from your angel.

6. Coins

If you keep on finding coins, it is a sign for your angel and a symbol of support. So, if you find coins, you should know that you’re loved, supported and guided.

7. Sparkles of Light

If you start noticing orbs, unexplained shimmers of light, or flashes of color, it means that your guardian angel is near. If you experience this, you should close your eyes, relax, and breathe because your angel is trying to bring you healing, upliftment, and rejuvenation.

Angels are spiritual beings, which guide us. Although they have a much different frequency compared to humans, their guidance comes in the form of channeled messages, dreams, and directly receiving insight. Therefore, there are many signs which show us that the angels are around us and they are trying…

Source: christiantoday

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