When You Feel Unsafe

Turn to any page of St. Faustina's Diary, and you'll find spiritual gems. Like this one:

When I heard how dangerous it was to be at the gate these days because of revolutionary disturbances and how many evil people have a hatred for convents, I went in and had a talk with the Lord and asked Him to so arrange it that no evil person would dare come to the gate. Then I heard these words: My daughter, the moment you went to the gate I set a Cherub over it to guard it. (1271)

Are you ever afraid for your own safety? Maybe you live in a big city, on a busy street, or perhaps you live alone. Whatever reason you might be afraid, the Lord understands, and He wants to help you. When you feel unsafe, just pray to the Lord as St. Faustina did. When she asked the Lord for protection, she saw a cherub appear before her very eyes. Imagine a cherub guarding your door. 

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by [angels’] watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God (336).

The Church teaches that every believer has a guardian angel. Pious tradition holds that ordained priests have two. You might know the traditional prayer dedicated to guardian angels called the Angele Dei. If you don’t know it already, you might think about committing it to memory:

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. Amen.

Scripture holds numerous examples of angels intervening in human lives. Even Jesus mentions the fact that we all have an angel assigned to guard us. He said, “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” (Mt 18:10).

Though you may not see the Lord’s protection in the same way St. Faustina did, you can receive the Lord’s consolation. Just tell Him your worries, ask Him to watch over you, and He will give you the peace and protection that you need. 

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