Guardian angels are a part of the entire vision of care which God desires for the church and for the whole human community. It is appropriate as the Church begins observance of Respect Life Month, that we hear of God’s own duty of care which is part of God’s own nature of love for each of us. And it is fitting that we begin this month reminding ourselves of the Guardian Angels who stand watch over each and every human life.
In my role as Director of Certification for Ecclesial Ministry at the USCCB, it has been a privilege to work with colleagues in the Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains as they in turn have worked with the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service to develop these innovative and comprehensive competencies, which will help prepare Catholics across the country for the vital work of providing spiritual care for those who are incarcerated or affected by incarceration in any way, including those in immigrant detention.
For St. Augustine, being aware of God’s plan and God’s purpose for our lives brought great peace to his own heart after years of seeking happiness and peace in everything other than God! Seeing with the eye of the heart is, for him, what faith in God is all about.
Fr. Kolbe served Christ faithfully, in perfect imitation of him, even in his suffering and death. Like Joshua of old, he proclaimed with his life that he would serve God alone and follow God’s ways – and not the ways of the false gods of Nazism, racism, and racial violence.
When we are able to make faith and trust in God a daily habit – a daily way of thinking – we will be amazed when unexpected newness comes to us.