Do You Know the Name of Your Guardian Angel?


Years ago a Bible study friend of mine talked about going shopping with Lenore. Who was Lenore? Her guardian angel. How did she know her name? She asked her.


So I began to ask my guardian angel what her name was. After several years with no results, I started calling her Grace. If she didn’t like that name, she could tell me what to call her.

Months went by with Grace and I doing things together. Mostly I called on her because of electrical storms, traffic jams, or nightmares. Sometimes I remembered her when I was joyful. She watched over me while I slept.

As I recuperated from injuries from a traffic accident, I couldn’t fulfill my responsibilities and I needed her. Early one morning after a difficult night, I tried to put myself in the presence of God by surrendering all my concerns, my pain, my unachieved goals and desires. In my weakness, the Holy Spirit gave me many graces. I received insights about several ministry projects, including new ways to use our website for evangelism. I sought guidance on a manuscript about joy that I was writing, but nothing came about that.

While I was in this listening position that God sometimes puts me in, I heard distinctly in my mind, “Her name is Joy.” I hadn’t even asked!

Immediately I thought of my dear friend Joy who is in heaven. I wonder if she had anything to do with answering my prayer about my angel’s name. How dear it is call my guardian angel by her name. Even though I know that humans don’t become angels when they go to heaven, I felt both “Joys” watching over me.

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit, a characteristic of God and sign of his presence in our lives. God is love, the first fruit. Joy, the second fruit, arises from the love of God within us.

Joy leads us to peace and to the other fruits of the Spirit as each fruit creates the next one. Love creates joy and joy makes us patient. Patience produces kindness; kindness leads to generosity. Generosity helps us to be faithful to God. That faithfulness makes us gentle and then we can master self-control.

My guardian angel Joy, as my heavenly liaison, connects me to God’s love and leads me to peace, at least when I cooperate. When I resist Joy by doubting God’s love, peace doesn’t come my way.

When I’m sad and can’t find Joy anywhere, I can call her into my world by singing praise songs to God, even when I don’t feel like it. Soon “I’ve got that Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy down in my heart!”

Do you know your guardian angel?

Copyright 2014 Nancy Ward

“The Guardian Angel” by Pietro da Cortona, 1656


About Author

Nancy Ward loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Catholic Faith Story: Tools, Tips, and Testimonies book, DVD, workshops and retreats. She contributed to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion and blogs at She facilitates the Dallas/Ft Worth Catholic Writers and the Nonfiction Critique Group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves on the board.


  1. Nice! I will let my kids read this one. We always pray “Angels of God, our guardian Dear..”, so for sure they would love this article. Thank you!

  2. This was exactly the article I needed to read this morning! “Joy” is my word for this year and I feel that, even though it’s only 1/28 I have fallen short of feeling that “joy”. I absolutely loved your connection of the fruit of the spirit. Amen.

  3. «The practice of assigning names to the Holy Angels should be discouraged, except in the cases of Gabriel, Raphael and Michael whose names are contained in Holy Scripture.»

    Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

    “Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy. Principles and Guidelines”

    April 9, 2002

  4. Thank you for your article. I am in no way discounting your experience, but the Church actually discourages us from naming or seeking the name of our guardian angels. The explanation is in this article, if you’d like to read it.

    “The practice of assigning names to the Holy Angels should be discouraged, except in the cases of Gabriel, Raphael and Michael whose names are contained in Holy Scripture. (Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments, The Directory of Popular Piety, n. 217, 2001)

    The reasoning behind this is that a name contains a certain amount of authority over another person. If I know your name I can call you whenever I want and can feel a certain amount of authority over you. We do not have authority over our Guardian Angels. They only report to one Commander: God Himself. We can ask for their assistance or help, but we should not feel like they are at our beck and call.

    The Church then discourages us from naming our Guardian Angels as we may receive a name, but it may not be divinely inspired. It could be influenced by the devil or by our own human thoughts. We have only three names confirmed in Scripture and so any other name we receive is invalid as it is hard to confirm if it is from God or from some other source.”


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