So valuable to heaven is the dignity of the human soul
that every member of the human race has a guardian
angel from the moment the person begins to be.
The question I ask myself today is what value do I place on my life. Do I even understand that I have worth? Do I ever consider that I am a treasure and that the way I live my life either corrodes or polishes this treasure?
Consider that silver teapot you were given by your grandmother. It is beautiful. But the trouble is it requires diligence to take care of it. If it sits too long in the air without use it tarnishes. So, you have to get the silver polish and clean it until it sparkles. You are the one given the responsibility to oversee and protect it since your grandmother loved you.
You see I am a treasure. I am that teapot. When I neglect to follow the ways of God, I become tarnished. I forget that I have value and worth. In order to repair any damage or to remove the tarnish that I have acquired through the neglect of my soul I must take out that "polish" and restore the shine I once had.
How do I do that? I know what it is that causes the problem. I avoid it. If because of circumstance beyond my control I cannot avoid it, I must apply a thick coat of prayer that will be a buffer. Then in order to repair what has been broken I ask for forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I see that my guardian angel is at all times my "buffer." She often, without my realizing it, diminishes the tarnish by guiding me past difficulty. I truly believe this and as I reflect on who I am and where I have been I see that this gift from God for my journey here on earth is part of my treasury. I know that I am responsible for who I am and who I am becoming, but it is good to know that I have partner that will help me reduce the tarnish and renew the luster of this life I have been given.
Thanks be to God!