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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 2, A.D. 2002

Job 9:1-12,14-16
Psalm 88:10-15
Matthew 18:1-5,10


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

To a gentle nun in first grade, I owe my lifelong devotion to my Guardian Angel. Someday I'll be able to thank him personally for all his expert guarding of my life. And I probably should apologize to him personally at that time for giving him so much extra work (I wonder if angels get grey hair! :-).

In today's Gospel, Jesus speaks of the special angels that are assigned to us as children. It would seem harsh and disappointing to these angels to have to spend so much time on this earth, except for the fact that they are privileged with the constant beatific vision of God's face. How they must weep these days at the horrible abuse that children endure from careless or unloving parents, abuse that is not only spiritual but physical. May we make reparation for all the sins of family members or, God forbid, or abuse by priests or teachers. We can help our Guardian Angels by ourselves making special efforts to always keep children from spiritual or physical harm, by teaching them truthfully, and loving them tenderly.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (smartins@twcny.rr.com)


For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

The Guardian Angels

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/



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