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Feast of the Holy Guardian Angel

Good evening.

At the onset, in behalf of the University President, Dr. Arlyn S. Villanueva, I would like to greet everyone a Happy Feast Day of the Holy Guardian Angel.

Tonight, we ask ourselves, “What is the significance of this occasion?” “Why celebrate the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angel, in particular, and honor all angels, in general?”

Well, my dear friends, the answers to these questions lie on how we, as Angelites, can look at the angels, like the saints, as models and guides in our Christian lives.

The Bible introduces the angels as messengers of God. In the Anunciation, it was an angel who announced to the Blessed Mother her conception of the Baby Jesus. In a dream, it was an angel who instructed Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife, and on that beautiful Easter morning, it was an angel who announced to the women at the empty tomb the resurrection of our Lord Jesus.

Like the angels, may we then as a University enjoy every opportunity to become God’s mouthpiece in the task of Christian formation and evangelization. May we become worthy messengers of the good news of God’s love as recorded in the gospel.

In the Bible we also read of stories of angels serving as instruments to provide for the temporal needs of God’s people. In the book of Genesis we see an angel providing food and drink to the poor woman Hagar and her child. In the book of 1Kings, we see God doing the same to Elijah, feeding him through an angel.

In Holy Angel, may we, like the angels, make our presence felt through our Community Outreach and Social Integration activities. May we help people help themselves, especially the poor, the sick, the old, the unemployed, the weak, and the marginalized. And in this time of calamity, as mentioned by Fr. Joebert, may we supplement our prayers with concrete action by providing food, water, clothes, medicine and other necessities to the vicitims of typhoons Pedring and Quiel.

Angels also acted as protectors and deliverers of God’s people. In the book of Daniel, the Jews who were then living in exile in Babylonia, were forbidden by the emperor to pray to God. Daniel, faithful as he was to the Lord, refused to follow this ungodly order. We know the consequence: the prophet was thrown into a den of lions. Yet we also know what happened next: God protected Daniel from being devoured, and it was an angel who was sent to keep the mouths of the lions shut.

In the book of Acts, the apostles were likewise persecuted for preaching the word of God, and for performing signs, miracles and wonders in the name of Jesus. For doing so, the rulers of their day put them into prison, but this did not discourage them from standing firm in their obedience to God. What did God do? He released them from prison, and guess who opened the prison gates. It was an angel!

So too, must we as Angelites protect the Daniels of our day who remain faithful to their religious conviction, who choose the difficult path of righteousness and holiness over the easy road to evil and wickedness. And so, too, must we deliver our students from prison, no longer of iron bars as in the time of the apostles, but of bars of ignorance, filth and slavery to the world’s corruption.

We can go on and on and learn from the examples of angels ─ how they strengthened our Lord Jesus after 40 days of fasting in the desert, how they assured Paul and his companions of safety in the face of a shipwreck, and how they carried the spirit of Lazarus to the bosom of Abraham after the poor man’s death. But more importantly, we can emulate the angels in their task of praising and worshiping God, just as they did in Jesus’ birth when as a multitude they sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace and goodwill toward men.”

How fitting it is then for Holy Angel University to stand proud of its identity and heritage as bearer of the angels’ name. Let us live up to this indelible mark and in unison with the angelic host proclaim, Laus Deo semper…. Praise be to God always.

Date Posted: 10-02-2011