A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how I feel our Guardian Angels have the most thankless job around. In feedback, one reader asked how they could find out their Guardian Angel’s name.
Let me start by reminding my readers – I am but a wife, mother, and social worker. I am a revert to Catholicism. As I have had some family point out to me in the past, I have absolutely no theological training, aside from my brief time in Catholic elementary school, and my extensive research as I was making my way back to the Church. I like to think of myself as a, “Jack of all trades, master of none,” so please don’t place an expectation on my being an angel-expert! Now that I have said that, let me explain why I don’t further personalize my relationship with my Guardian Angel.
First off, when I was in Catholic school, the teachers I had made very clear the Catholic Church forbids naming one’s Guardian Angel. According to a theologian, consulted for this post, the Church does not forbid, but merely discourages it – unless it pertains to those angels already named in Scripture (Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael).
When I’ve heard why the naming practice is discouraged, I understand the Church’s viewpoints, and tend to agree:
1. God has already named my Guardian Angel. It would be presumptuous of me to think that I have the authority to name the Angel, whose mission to protect me, preceded my arrival on this Earth. The one to whom the gift of naming is given, has already done the work.
2. When we name things, we take ownership over those entities. Whether it is a child, pet, or even car, through the process of naming, I become the authority figure. However, I am the charge of my angel – my angel is to guard, guide, and rule over me. Therefore, I have no business naming my angel. Instead, it could be argued my angel should be naming me.
3. We all like to have a name for those closest to us. We think it allows us to be intimate with the person (or pet). However, I would simply ask: does a mother, eagerly expecting a baby, but does not find out the gender, have difficulty bonding with that baby before its birth?
My answer is, most likely, no, she doesn’t. Furthermore, I once had a client whose dog was simply named, “Dog.” The no-name was simple, and their bond was absolutely palpable within seconds of meeting the pair together.
4. The Church discourages people from attempting to figure out the name of their angel because ways in which to do so could inadvertently open a person to the occult, and to the devil. Satan is real, Satan is clever, and Satan is a bad dude. His demon followers willingly slip in to a human’s life in completely unexpected ways.
The Church warns, when we open the door to receiving “messages,” from our Guardian Angel, such as their name, there is no way to tell if it is truly your angel answering, or a demon impersonating your angel. If it is a demon, every time you call upon your “angel,” by name, you would be calling on that specific demon.
The moral of my post – just don’t even go there when trying to determine your angel’s name. I call mine, “Guardian Angel,” and while I may be remiss and not speak to it every day, I like to think of my angel and I having an intimate relationship. You can give it a nickname – Mother Angelica called hers Fidelis, or “faithful one.” However, the nickname is encouraged to take on a positive attribute, not an everyday name. So, you could name it, “Faith,” “Hope,” “Love,” “Grace,” instead of Larry, Curly, or Moe.
Stay tuned next week, as I discuss ways in which I try to make sure I have a relationship with my angel.