The guardian angel. An imaginary friend when we are young, a constant and comforting presence next to us when we grow up. Let’s find out (and rediscover) the importance of such celestial presence that protect us for life.
When we are young, it is easy to believe that we are never truly alone. When the night falls, and we face darkness for the first time in our beds, it is nice to think that there is a silent and careful presence next to us, which keeps monsters away and watches over our sleep. The wonderful part is that such presence is real! Not just that, it never leaves us, stays next to us even when years go by, when the ‘monsters’ we have to face are much more real and the pain that overwhelms us is not just a bruised knee.
We are talking about angels, the guardian angel in particular, the one we are entrusted to in the very moment we are conceived, when the soul is infused in what will be our body, and that will accompany us throughout our whole existence. Its pure and unconditioned love protects us from evil, gives us the strength to face the difficulties we experience every day with courage, whether small or big. It tries to save us from pain, and when that’s inevitable, it comforts and consoles us. Just think that the only love that can be compared to that coming from our guardian angel is the one coming from our mother. Is there anything more intense and strong? Padre Pio used to talk about his guardian angel very often, next to him since he was very young; he was also in contact with everyone else’s guardian angels, asking to pray for him.
What exactly do guardian angels do?
Besides protecting and comforting us, they intercede for us to God, showing Him the prayers of good people, pleading for protection and grace, and from Him, they draw strength and love to help and comfort those who deserve it. Basically, their existence is a constant back and forth from the sky to the Earth and vice versa: they ascend to take our prayers, and come back down to bring us God’s gifts. Furthermore, the guardian angel teaches us to pray. Especially for children, it is important to understand that the secret of real happiness is in prayer since the beginning, which is a way to talk to God. Who can teach them better than a beautiful angel?
So, it is very important to let the children know this extraordinary friend since the first years of their lives. Kids, thanks to their innocence, resemble angels the most. Another miracle given to us by the love of God Father, which makes sure these creatures of light never leave our side, is that thanks to confession and penitence we can go back to our original pureness. No guilt, no sin, and we are once again innocent as children, who confide their secrets to their guardian angels, listening to them in the darkness of the night.
They are important figures, which are too often left out and forgotten in the daily devotion gestures, but there are many and simple prayers we should address to our guardian angels to show them all our gratitude for what they do for us. The most famous we all know, but don’t recite enough, comes from a poem written by an English Benedictine monk in the XI century: ‘Angel of God who is my guardian, enlighten, watch over, support and rule me, who was entrusted to you by the heavenly piety. Amen’. We should teach it to the younger ones, so that they can say it every day to their invisible friend and thus strengthen their connection.
Let’s teach children to get to know and love their guardian angel then. How should we do that? For example, we could decorate their bedroom with small objects recalling such brilliant beings. Some ideas? We can start right from the very first day with a beautiful crib medal, a medal whose duty is to protect the little ones from evil and watch over their sleep to guarantee their protection also from Jesus, Mary and the guardian angel. It comes from the ancient tradition to hang devotional medals and small fabric and metal creations, real sacred images, over the newborns’ cribs. The crib medal is often a gift to the parents from the Godfather or Godmother for the baby’s Christening.
Holyart catalog: guardian angel items
Besides crib medals, Holyart catalog offers a wide variety of decorative objects, statues, pictures whose theme is angels in general, and the guardian angel in particular.
Products by Azur Lopiano, for example, are thought especially for the younger ones, to decorate their bedroom with color and joy, and tell them about the presence and existence of guardian angels in the most delicate way possible. They are all handmade objects by the Focolare Movement, one of their towns being in Loppiano. What do Azur Loppiano produce? We are really spoilt for choice.
In the section dedicated to them in our online store you will find articles that can be suitable to be party favors, objects to commemorate Anniversaries, ceremonies, music boxes for children, angel-themed prayer plaques with pictures and low relief, the olive line and the particular wooden stylized crucifixes, and tau crosses.
The articles are thought to catch the younger’s attention. Beautiful, colorful, safe (almost all of them are made of wood), are perfect to decorate children’s bedrooms, but can also be wonderful gift ideas for Christenings, birthdays or any other special occasion.
Many of the products by Azur Loppiano are available in blue for boys and pink for girls, but if your children share the same room and you cannot choose one particular color over another, there are also yellow and orange models.
Lets’ take a look at some of the Azur Loppiano products that are in Holyart catalog.
Music box with star and cherub
It is a very beautiful decor that is perfect for any child’s bedroom. Made of wood and star-shaped with a cute embossed musician angel, this music box activates by pulling a small cord, producing a pleasant melody. It can be hanged to the wall in complete safety, and it is a beautiful gift idea for Christening as well.
Music box suitable to be hanged to the wall.
Round plaque Angel with heart
Wooden prayer plaques with low relief of an angel, in pink or blue, for your girl’s or boy’s room. They can be hanged to the wall and bring immediate color, sweetness and joy. Suitable also for any special occasion.
Low relief Angel of God with child prayer plaque
Another wooden prayer plaque representing a stylized angel with a sleeping child. Oval, it is perfect to decorate children’s bedrooms, and is available in pink or blue. Below the low relief the prayer ‘Angel of God’ is written with childish font.
Clock prayer plaque with angels
A very colorful clock-prayer plaque that can be hanged to the bedroom wall. Two embossed cherubs let a cascade of stars fall down. Made of wood in Italy, it is a beautiful gift idea.
Diptych Hail Mary and green Angel on pink wood
Double wooden prayer plaque, can be hanged to the wall or placed on a piece of furniture. The low relief represents a cherub with a lantern, while on the other side there are the words of the Hail Mary.