I received an e-mail from a reader with a series of questions on guardian angels. Here are the questions and my answers. My answers are in the realm of speculative theology.
Q: “Does my guardian angel know what I am thinking?”
A: Not every thought. The holy angels and blessed souls in Heaven only know what they ordinately wish to know, in accord with the will of God.
Q: “Can my guardian angel (or the priest’s) hear [what I am saying in] my Confessions?”
A: No. See my answer above. Guardian angels do not wish to know anything that they should not know.
Q: “Are all guardian angels, angels or are some archangels or higher?”
A: I think they are all (or mostly) angels, and not of the higher orders, but I cannot be sure.
Q: “Is each guardian angel “given” just one human, and does each human have just one guardian angel?”
A: Angels have existed since before humanity existed and there are very many of them. So I suppose that each guardian angel has only one human at a time, but a number of humans in succession, one lifetime at a time.
Q: “Are guardian angels with the suffering souls in Purgatory?”
A: I think they can visit them and pray for them, but they do not suffer with them.
Q: “What happens to a guardian angel whose human goes to Hell?”
A: He is perhaps assigned to a new human person.
Q: “Is it true that there will be exactly as many humans in Heaven as there were angels who fell?”
A: Not at all. The offer of salvation is universal, and therefore it is not limited by such a claim, regardless of how large or small the number of fallen angels may be.
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