guardian angels and intercessory prayer

Started by Instaurare omnia, December 04, 2022, 04:51:45 PM

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Instaurare omnia

Niche questions here (Sunday afternoon musings): We all know to steer clear of other persons' demons, but what about their guardian angels? We certainly do pray for the intercession of the Blessed Mother and the Saints and the Archangels, so would it be prudent to express intentions as well to the guardian angels of loved ones, neighbors, etc. whose actions and circumstances suggest that they are in need of divine help?
Further along those lines, The Lord knows -- as only The Lord can know -- the ultimate end of each of us. In a quick search through the Summa, it seems that it might be possible that some higher-ranked angels might also be made aware in certain instances of the ultimate ends of those respective assigned souls if The Lord wills it (S.T. I, Q. 55, Art. 3, co.). Yet this knowledge would be of an intellectual rather than sensitive sort (S.T. I, Q. 54, Art. 5, co.). And in other cases, certain lower ranked angels might have limited knowledge of the extent to which they can assist in the salvation of those souls (S.T. I, Q. 56, Art. 3, ad. 2). [N.B., the Summa here does not treat of guardian angels specifically.] Yet the implication of that [presumed] logic is that the case-by-case degree of angelic foreknowledge of human ends would seem to be in inverse proportion to those souls still on earth who are most in need of intercession.

Are there any solid theological sources that address the above? Not terribly important, just wondering. And if this is all idle superfluous curiosity, that's fine feedback too.
Nisi Dominus custodierit civitatem, frustra vigilat qui custodit eam (Psalm 126:2).
Benedicite, montes et colles, Domino: benedicite universa germinantia in terra, Domino (Daniel 3:75-76).
Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation (Psalm 145:2-3).

Michael Wilson

Fr. Paul O'Sullivan O.P. Wrote several books on spirituality, including "All about the Angels"; "The Easy Way to become a Saint"; "How to be Happy, How to be Holy"; "Read me or Rue it (how to avoid Purgatory)"; "How to avoid Purgatory"; "The Secret of Confession"; etc. etc. All of them short, very easy to read, doctrinally solid and not technical at the same time.
So "yes" you can address prayers to your neighbors' Guardian Angel; that of your city, Country; Chapel etc. The more you pray to your Guardian Angel, the more he will assist you.
"The World Must Conform to Our Lord and not He to it." Rev. Dennis Fahey CSSP

"My brothers, all of you, if you are condemned to see the triumph of evil, never applaud it. Never say to evil: you are good; to decadence: you are progess; to death: you are life. Sanctify yourselves in the times wherein God has placed you; bewail the evils and the disorders which God tolerates; oppose them with the energy of your works and your efforts, your life uncontaminated by error, free from being led astray, in such a way that having lived here below, united with the Spirit of the Lord, you will be admitted to be made but one with Him forever and ever: But he who is joined to the Lord is one in spirit." Cardinal Pie of Potiers