THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL THE DUTIES OF A GUARDIAN ANGEL IS THAT OF
POSITIVELY HELPING MAN IN THE TREMENDOUS WORK OF SAVING HIS IMMORTAL
SOUL. THEY ACCOMPLISH THIS BY EXCITING IN OUR HEARTS PIOUS AND SALUTARY
THOUGHTS AND DESIRES OR, AT TIMES, SALUTARY FEAR OF GOD'S JUDGMENTS.
THEY BECOME INTERMEDIARIES BETWEEN GOD AND MAN, AS THEY LAY OUR NEEDS
AND OUR FEARS BEFORE HIM, OFFERING GOD OUR DESIRES AND OUR PRAYERS, AND
IN RETURN THEY BRING US HIS GRACE AND HIS GIFTS.
The often mentioned activity of the Archangel Raphael, in favor of old
Tobias and his son, is the best illustration of the manifold duties of
a Guardian Angel. The entire book Tobias gives us not only an example
of patience and charity in the holy man Tobais, but also revels to us
the wonderful and loving ministry of our Guardian Angels.
Our Guardian Angels pray for us and with us, and they offer our
prayers, our suffering, and our good desires to the throne of God. The
most consoling truth is revealed by the glorious Archangel Raphael: "I
discover then the truth unto you, and I will not hide the secret from
you. When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead, and
didst leave thy dinner and hide the dead by day in thy house and bury
them at night, I offered thy prayer to the Lorthey are sent, for the
name Angel refers to their office not to their nature. You ask the name
of this nature, it is spirit; you ask its office, it is that of an
Angel (i.e., a messenger).
In the Scriptures of the Old Testament, the most frequently used
name to designate the Angles is mal'akh, which means, messenger or
They have been given the name of angels or messengers because
their most common duty is to fulfill His word to children here on earth.