How To Make Your Guardian Angel Your Best Friend

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Have you ever thought about making your guardian angel your best friend? We often hear about guardian angels in prayers, stories, and even popular culture, but do we really understand their role in our lives? The Catholic Church teaches that each one of us has a guardian angel, a celestial companion given to us by God from the moment we’re born. The question then is: How can we cultivate a deeper, meaningful relationship with our guardian angel?

Who Are Guardian Angels?

Before we delve into how to become best friends with your guardian angel, let’s establish who they are according to the Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “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). Guardian angels are not just folklore or sweet tales; they are real, spiritual beings appointed by God to guide and protect us.

The Biblical Foundation

The concept of guardian angels isn’t something that the Church made up; it’s rooted in the Bible. In the Old Testament, we see the Angel of the Lord guiding and protecting the Israelites (Exodus 14:19). In the New Testament, Jesus Himself speaks of guardian angels when He says, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father” (Matthew 18:10). This teaching underlines the idea that guardian angels are ever-vigilant, always in the presence of God and simultaneously watching over us.

Universal Church Teaching Vs. Theological Opinion

It’s important to note the difference between what is universally accepted by the Church and what is a theological opinion. The existence and role of guardian angels are universally accepted teachings of the Catholic Church, as affirmed by the Catechism and Sacred Scripture. However, the finer details—such as how guardian angels interact with us on a daily basis—often enter the realm of theological opinion, guided but not explicitly defined by Church teaching.

Developing a Relationship: Prayer

So how can you make your guardian angel your best friend? The simplest answer is: talk to them. Prayer doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as saying, “Guardian angel, help me,” in a moment of need. In Catholic tradition, the “Angel of God” prayer is often recited to seek the assistance and guidance of one’s guardian angel. It is a short, simple prayer but profoundly acknowledges the guardian angel’s role as a protector and guide.

Acknowledge Their Presence

Your guardian angel is not a distant, aloof figure. They are near you, watching over you. Simply acknowledging their presence throughout your day can make a big difference. For instance, some people make it a practice to say a quick prayer or give thanks to their guardian angel before embarking on a journey, taking an exam, or entering into a challenging situation. This is in line with the universal teaching of the Church that our guardian angels are always with us, leading us to good thoughts, works, and feelings (CCC 336).

Listening and Discernment

Your guardian angel isn’t just a guardian; they’re also a guide. How do they guide us? Through prompting our conscience and helping us discern right from wrong. The Church teaches that the angels are “servants and messengers of God” (CCC 329). While your guardian angel won’t usually speak to you in an audible voice, paying attention to your conscience and the stirrings of your heart can help you discern their guidance. This requires a habit of silent prayer and openness to God’s will, where we can “hear” the voice of God and, by extension, the guidance of our guardian angel.

Seeking Intercession

Just as we ask for the prayers of our friends and loved ones, we can also ask for the intercession of our guardian angel. A common misconception is that only saints can intercede for us. However, the Church teaches that all angels can intercede for us. As the Catechism states, “They (the angels) serve him (God) in the accomplishment of his saving mission to all” (CCC 331). By seeking the intercession of your guardian angel in prayer, you involve them in your daily life and struggles, drawing you closer to them.

Warning Against Excessive Curiosity

While it’s good to foster a relationship with your guardian angel, it’s also important to exercise caution. Some people become excessively curious about the spiritual world, seeking to know the name of their guardian angel or to communicate with them in an esoteric manner. The Church warns against such practices. The focus should always be on God; angels serve to lead us closer to Him, not replace Him.


Your guardian angel is not a figment of imagination but a real, spiritual being given to you by God to guide and protect you throughout your life. By acknowledging their presence, praying to them, and seeking their intercession, you can make your guardian angel your best friend. Remember, their ultimate goal is to lead you closer to God, so let your friendship with your guardian angel direct you towards a deeper relationship with our Creator. Amen.

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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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