St. Frances of Rome
The parents of St. Frances overruled her desire to become a nun, and she was married at the age of 12 to Ponziano, a Roman noble. During the 40 years of their married life they never had a disagreement. Her guiding principle, to quote her own words, was: “A married woman must leave God at the altar to find Him in
her domestic cares.” She constantly lived in the visible presence of her Guardian Angel.
O how lovely and glorious is the generation of the chaste. — Matins, First Antiphon
The Imitation of Christ
The nature of thy Beloved is such that He will not admit of a rival; but He will have thy heart for Himself alone and sit as King upon His throne.
This charming saint enjoyed the visible presence of her Guardian Angel. No one knew how very intensely this saint was suffering all the while mentally from temptations of the devil, which her angel helped St. Frances overcome.
The fact that St. Frances could see her angel did not mean that he was present at her side any more than your angel is always with you. Think about that today and get into the habit of being conscious of his presence always. You resolved last October, you recall, to say little prayers to your angel from time to time each day.
Dear angel, ever at my side,
To light, to guard, to rule and guide.