Last Monday, October 2 was the Feast of Guardian Angels. It was also the birthday
celebration of Sr. Ma. Angelina S. Bernardo, OSA, the Directress of La Consolacion College ,
La Carlota City .
Perhaps no aspect of Catholic piety is as
comforting to parents as the belief that an angel protects their little ones from dangers
real and imagined. Guardian angels are not just for children. To represent individuals
before God, to watch over them always, to aid their prayer and to present their souls to God
at death are among the guardian angels’role.
The Catholic doctrine
developed the concept of an angel as a guide and nurture of each human being and piety as
implied by the Scripture. Jesus' words in Matthew 18:10 best support that belief: "See
that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in
heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father."
Devotion to the angels
began to develop with the birth of the monastic tradition. St. Benedict gave it impetus and
Bernard of Clairvaux, the great 12th-century reformer, was such an eloquent spokesman for
the guardian angels that angelic devotion assumed its current form in his day.
century, a feast in honor of the guardian angels was first observed. It was Pope Paul V who
added it to the Roman calendar. Thus, October 2 is observed among Catholics as the Feast of
the Guardian Angels.
What a coincidence! Sr.
Angelina S. Bernardo was born that angelic day. Rev. Fr. Armando Onion, the parish priest of
Our Lady of Peace Parish, La Carlota City offered a meaningful Eucharistic celebration to
honor Sr. Bernardo’s natal day. All teaching and non-teaching personnel, students and
students’ parents of La Consolacion College participated the said celebration.
After the mass followed
the programs presented by the elementary, high school, and college students. In the
afternoon, the College, BED, and non-teaching personnel performed various presentations to
delight the celebrant.