6 Signs Your Guardian Angel Has Been Visiting You

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As Catholics, we believe in the presence of guardian angels in our lives. These celestial beings serve as messengers and protectors, guiding us toward the right path. But how can you tell if your guardian angel has been visiting you? In this article, I will outline six signs that could indicate your guardian angel’s presence. Let’s explore this fascinating aspect of our faith, grounded in Church teaching and Scripture.

What the Church Teaches About Guardian Angels

Before we jump into the signs, it’s essential to understand what the Catholic Church officially teaches about guardian angels. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life'” (CCC 336). This is based on biblical references and is not a matter of theological opinion but a universal teaching of the Church.

1. Unexplained Feelings of Comfort and Reassurance

One of the most common signs of a guardian angel’s visit is an unexplained sense of comfort or reassurance, especially in times of distress. The Bible says, “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11). When you feel an inexplicable peace, it might be your guardian angel reminding you of God’s love and protection.

2. Finding Feathers in Unexpected Places

Many people report finding feathers in unexpected places as a sign of their guardian angel’s presence. While this is not a universal teaching of the Church, it’s a widespread belief among many Catholics. Feathers could serve as a reminder that you’re not alone and that your guardian angel is looking out for you.

3. Subtle Signs in Dreams

Dreams have been considered by some as a means through which guardian angels communicate. Again, while this is more of a theological opinion than a Church teaching, the Bible does show instances where angels communicate through dreams. In Matthew 1:20, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream to reassure him about marrying Mary. If you’ve had a dream that provided you with guidance or relief, it might be a sign of your guardian angel’s presence.

4. Sudden Aromas

Some individuals report experiencing sudden and unexplained aromas when they feel their guardian angel is near. While the Church doesn’t officially teach this, the idea of scent being associated with the divine is not alien to Catholic tradition. Incense, for example, is used in Catholic rituals to symbolize our prayers rising to Heaven.

5. Lights and Orbs

The appearance of unusual lights or orbs, particularly in photographs, is another commonly cited sign of guardian angel activity. Again, this is not a universally accepted Church teaching but rather a theological opinion. Nonetheless, the Bible frequently describes angels as radiant beings. In Luke 2:9, the angel that appears to the shepherds is described as being surrounded by a “glory of the Lord” that “shone around them.”

6. Unexplained Help in Times of Need

Many people have reported receiving help in miraculous or unexplained ways, attributing it to their guardian angel. This aligns with what the Catechism teaches about angels acting as protectors and guides, leading believers to life (CCC 336). The Bible also provides instances of angels offering help in crucial moments, such as in the story of Peter being freed from prison by an angel in Acts 12.


Guardian angels are a beautiful and consoling aspect of Catholic teaching, supported by both the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible. While some of the signs mentioned here are more theological opinions than Church teachings, they nonetheless provide us with intriguing possibilities of how our guardian angels may be at work in our lives. Always remember, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14).

Remember, the most direct way to interact with your guardian angel is through prayer. Just as the Catechism teaches, they are there beside each believer as a “protector and shepherd leading him to life” (CCC 336). So, keep your eyes and hearts open to the signs of your guardian angel’s loving presence.

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Note: While content aims to align with Catholic teachings, any inconsistencies or errors are unintended. For precise understanding, always refer to authoritative sources like the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Always double-check any quotes for word-for-word accuracy with the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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