How To Know When A Guardian Angel Is Watching Over You

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As a Catholic scholar, I’ve often encountered questions about guardian angels. What are they? Do they really watch over us? How do we know they are there? And so forth. For centuries, the belief in guardian angels has been an integral part of the Catholic faith. Indeed, they are more than just folklore or mere comfort; they are rooted in Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church. This article aims to provide clarity on how one can recognize the presence of a guardian angel, according to the beliefs of the Catholic Church.

What Does The Church Say About Guardian Angels?

The Existence of Angels

First things first. Angels do exist according to the Church’s teaching. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) clearly states, “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith” (CCC 328).

The Role of Guardian Angels

The Catechism further elaborates on the mission of angels, specifically our guardian angels: “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 quote encapsulates the Church’s belief that each human being has a guardian angel specifically assigned to them, from the moment of their conception until their earthly life ends. Their main job is to guide us towards God, to protect us, and to intercede for us.

Biblical References to Guardian Angels

Old Testament

In the Old Testament, angels often acted as messengers or protectors. In the Book of Exodus, an angel led the Israelites out of Egypt: “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared” (Exodus 23:20).

New Testament

In the New Testament, the concept of a personal guardian angel is most clearly evident when Jesus says: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).

Signs of a Guardian Angel’s Presence

While the Church does not provide an exhaustive list of ‘signs’ to detect the presence of a guardian angel, various elements of the Catholic tradition and the writings of the saints suggest that one can perceive their guardian angel through:

  1. Feeling of Comfort: A sudden or inexplicable feeling of comfort or peace often signifies the presence or action of a guardian angel.
  2. Protection in Dangerous Situations: If you’ve escaped a dangerous situation unharmed, many believe it’s the work of a guardian angel.
  3. Promptings Towards Good: The guardian angel also works by nudging our conscience towards good actions, thoughts, and deeds.
  4. Prayer and Meditation: During times of prayer or meditation, one may experience a heightened sense of spiritual awareness, which could signify the angel’s presence.

It’s important to note that these signs are not universal teachings of the Church but rather insights drawn from various Catholic traditions and theological reflections.

How to Communicate with Your Guardian Angel

The Church encourages us to invoke the assistance of our guardian angel regularly. A traditional Catholic prayer to one’s guardian angel goes like this:

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.

What Guardian Angels Are Not

Not a Reincarnation of Souls

Some people misunderstand guardian angels to be reincarnated souls or ancestors looking out for us. This is not in line with Church teaching. Angels are unique, spiritual beings created by God (CCC 328).

Not to be Worshipped

While it’s good to recognize and thank your guardian angel for their assistance, it’s crucial to remember that only God is deserving of worship. Angels are servants and messengers of God, not gods themselves (CCC 2097).


Guardian angels are a beautiful aspect of Catholic teaching, providing comfort and guidance to believers. They are rooted in both Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. While the Church does not provide specific ‘signs’ for recognizing the presence of a guardian angel, various elements of Catholic tradition suggest that these heavenly companions are indeed real and active in our lives. Through prayer and attentiveness to the spiritual dimensions of life, one can better attune themselves to the guidance and protection offered by their guardian angel.

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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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