From Forums of the Virgin Mary [initial translation]:
What angels were created for, how God uses them and how to tune into them.
Nothing escapes God.
Just as He created everything, so He preserves everything and watches over everything.
However, He has entrusted the execution of the acts of His Providence to ministers that He has given himself.
These ministers are the angels.
He entrusted them with the administration of the world and made them executors of His Will.
Some give Him glory through their perpetual attendance around His Throne and others assist Him in governing His works.
One of His works is human beings, which He also entrusted to them.
And for them, He created personal angels, who are always by the side of every human being, watch over him, guard him, and that is why they are called guardian angels.
Here we will talk about the impressive revelation that Jesus Christ made to Maria Lataste about the relationship that God established from the beginning between human beings and angels, how good angels act on us and how bad angels do it, and how we human beings should act with respect to angels, to obtain more benefits.
In the first half of the 1800s, there lived in Mimbaste, France, a young woman who barely knew how to read and write, named Maria Lataste.
She entered a convent as a nun at the age of 22 and died at 25.
She had mystical experiences very early: it is said that her first Communion was at age 12 and her Confirmation were the turning point of her life.
Towards the end of 1839, when she was only seventeen years old, she saw Christ present on the altar of the small parish church, during the elevation.
He was surrounded by His angels, but as if veiled by a luminous cloud, which prevented Him from being perfectly distinguished; this happened several times.
And during the various mystical experiences that followed, she received doctrinal instructions from the very mouth of Jesus, giving her an impressive spiritual and doctrinal education.
When she was 19 years old, her spiritual director asked her to write in notebooks everything that Jesus had told her and what He would tell her from now on, and this only came to light in 1862.
Jesus had told her, for example, that a Pope would soon ascend to the See of Saint Peter and proclaim the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception; this was told her long before the election of Pius IX and the declaration of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854.
And she was also told that she would die before the age of 26.
And among the things Jesus instructed her on was angels.
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He told her that God wanted to complete all his work and summarize it, with the creation of man, composed of a body and a soul.
Through his soul man is united to the angels and through his body to the rest of Creation.
Therefore the most intimate union of man is with the angels, because it must last forever.
Jesus told her that there is intense communication between the soul of man and the angels.
And that if man makes an alliance with the good angels and if he follows them, he will be good.
And if he makes an alliance with the evil angels, the same man would be evil and become like them.
Because let us remember that when God informed the angels about the incarnation of His son as a human being, there was a rebellion of a third of the angels led by Lucifer.
They were defeated by the Archangel Michael, shouting “Who is like God,” and expelled from Heaven, becoming the fallen angels, although they kept their supernatural gifts.
And from that moment they are on earth trying to tempt men so that they sin, lose their salvation, and go live with them in hell.
Now what did Jesus Christ reveal about how angels act?
Our Lord told her that He sends light to human beings through the angels.
And the angels enlighten men in three ways: announcing Divine mysteries, instructing them, and exhorting them.
For example, the angel Gabriel fulfilled in front of the Virgin Mary the three functions: He announced to her the mystery of the Incarnation: “Behold, you will conceive a Son.”
He instructed her about this mystery: “The Holy Spirit will descend upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.”
And he exhorted her: “Do not be afraid, María.”
The angels also show what is good, instruct about what is good, and exhort men to do good.
And they do it both visibly and invisibly.
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But the will is always free; neither the angels nor God can give it movement towards good if man does not want it — although of course the angels work to dispose men towards the good.
But God also allows evil angels to act on man, but not so that man does evil, but to test man and make him fight, to increase his merits and give him a more beautiful crown in heaven.
Furthermore, the evil angels only have the power that God has given them, and God never allows them to tempt anyone beyond the strength of the one they are tempting.
The bad angels act in the opposite direction of the good angels; they push towards evil, but this movement can be repelled only to the extent that the will of the one who is tempted wants to receive and accept the motions of the good angels.
For all this help, each man has a guardian angel, both those who do good and those who do evil, those who will be saved and those who will be damned.
In the just and upright, the guardian angels work to preserve their justice, and also in the sinners, so that they become just.
These angels watch over the man entrusted to them from the first moment of birth and remain with him until his death.
But not only men have guardian angels: every city, every kingdom, every family, every parish, every community has its guardian angel.
What you don’t see, your guardian angel sees for you and what you can’t, your guardian angel can for you.
It protects our body and our soul by removing everything that could be harmful to them and it does so without you noticing.
But they respond to the will of God, and sometimes God will let human beings pass tests for our growth.
The guardian angel works to remove from us the evils of body and soul. They fight against our enemies, the devil, the world, our passions, and ourselves.
When an angel fights the devil, he prevents him from tempting us beyond our strength, generating antidotes to the evil thoughts and opportunities for sin that the evil spirit presents us with.
And if sometimes it doesn’t prevent the attack, it doubles our forces.
It also distances us from the world: makes us despise it and turn our gaze to Heaven, to the Kingdom of God.
The angels help us fight against our evil passions and the effects of original sin, reducing its strength, and they work to ensure a victory that strengthens us.
The guardian angel also encourages us to do good, illuminating our intelligence, showing us the Will and desire of God, making us understand the advantage of good and the danger of evil.
They take our prayers to God so that God may receive them; they also offer Him all our good works, so that He may inscribe us in the book of life.
They pray for us, because they intimately know our needs and how powerless we are to act for ourselves.
Your angel knows much better than you your weaknesses and helplessness, much better than you God’s goodness and His desire to help us, and he knows how to pray much better than any of us do.
Our Guardian Angel will follow us everywhere every day of our lives.
And when God takes us out of this world, the angel will present us to Him and put us in Heaven if we are just and have satisfied Divine Justice.
But if we have to go through the flames of purgatory, he will also pray for us and have others pray for us.
And when we are released the angel will take us to the abode of the elect for eternity.
And what is our duty towards them according to Jesus Christ?
We owe him respect, because the guardian angel is one of the princes of the heavenly court, he is the representative of God, he is the minister of God close to you.
We must honor his dignity and respect his character as a messenger of God.
We owe him obedience because God has made him our protector, our guardian, and therefore in some way he is your superior.
We must have the docility of a son towards his Father, because obeying your guardian angel is obeying God Who gave him to you.
And we owe him love, because the guardian angel is our protector and benefactor, which demands recognition, and recognition is shown by love.
Well, up to here what we wanted to talk about is how God acts with human beings through angels and what are the keys to better take advantage of our relationship with angels.
And I would like to ask you if you have ever asked the help of your guardian angel or felt that something has been communicated to you, and what happened.
[Views above are those of Forums of the Virgin Mary]
[Michael Brown will give a talk on angels October 9, 9 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel and Convention Center, Miami Airport; see here]