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How can I tell my four-year-old grandson about his guardian angel?

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How can I tell my four-year-old grandson about his guardian angel? How do we know that we each have our own?


The Baltimore Catechism offers a good age-appropriate response for your grandson: “Q. What do our guardian angels do for us? A. Our guardian angels pray for us, protect and guide us, and offer our prayers, good works and desires to God” (BC 223, 1891 ed.). TheCatechism of the Catholic Church says that “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition” (CCC 328) and “From infancy to death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God” (CCC 336).

I recommend for your grandson: Our Guardian Angels: St. Joseph Carry Me Along Board Book by George Brundage, available from

Written by: Peggy Frye



  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    First, that decision should be up to the parents, not to grandparents. Maybe the parents don’t believe in fairy tales, and don’t want to tell their child that they will never have a moment of privacy in their entire life.

    Secondly we seem to get an “out” with this description: “Our guardian angels pray for us, protect and guide us, and offer our prayers, good works and desires to God.” This says to me that if I screw up, I can blame it on my guardian angel. He/she/it did a poor job protecting and praying for me.

    Funny story… I had a new meditation download and was following the narrator using visual imagery as he led us to imagine that our guardian angel had arrived and we could ask any questions we wanted. I looked, and there was Jesus in my mind (the white Jesus on Catholic crosses that I grew up with). I was confused by this, and then the face dissolved, and was replaced by this beautiful red-headed woman who smiled, pointed her finger at me, and mouthed the word, “gotcha” before dissolving into nothingness. If I’ve got a guardian angel, she has a sense of humor at least!

  2. simon Reply

    Why not refer to psalms 91? The answer is there…even the devil knows that …luke 4:11

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