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naming your guardian angel
Question from Phil Girardi on 10/14/2005:

Please tell me what is the churches teaching is on naming your guardian angel. I thought it was bad practice to name angels in general except for St. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. I have heard that "new agers" who say they contact angels do that by giving them a name. Some people who teach young children teach them to name their angel. Is this the right thing to do?

God Bless-----------Phil Girardi

Answer by David Gregson on 10/27/2005:

The Church traditionally has discouraged calling on angels by name, unless they've been identified by name as Holy Angels in Scripture. The danger is obvious. Not all angels are good, some having fallen with Lucifer. The practice of naming your Guardian Angel doesn't seem to fall within that prohibition, since you know your Guardian Angel is good, and whatever name might be appropriate for a good Angel, and inappropriate for a fallen angel, would probably be OK. (For example, I know a holy person who named her Angel "Innocence".) I myself wouldn't do it, for one reason, because naming in Scripture implies having authority over the person named. I have no authority over my Guardian Angel. I can ask his help, but I can't tell him what to do.

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