The saints will take the place of the fallen angels, Angels: Day 070

The saints will take the place of the fallen angelsWhen Satan and his followers were cast out of Heaven, it reduced the number of angels. The saints, says St. Augustine, will replace the angels who were lost, so that Heaven will have its full number of citizens, and maybe—in  God’ s generosity—even more.Some of  the angels, in their wicked pride, deserted God, and were thrown out of the brightness of their heavenly home into the lowest darkness. But the remaining angels stayed in eternal … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: The Fulfillment of All Desire

Ten years ago this month Ralph Martin released a book entitled The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. The book has become one of the most popular books in the decade since. Catholic bishops, priests, scholars and laity have all spoken highly of it. In fact, the book has become a staple for courses in several universities, seminaries and novitiates. Needless to say this book comes highly recommended.If you have not had a chance to … [Read more...]

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The mystery of the Seraphim, Angels: Day 069

The mystery of the SeraphimSt. Ephrem the Syrian poetically describes the mysteries of divine things. Even the six wings of the Seraphim is an idea too high and too deep for us to search out.In the beginning God created all things, and his Thought was with him without any beginning. He did not think as a human thinks; he was not moved in any new way, as a child of flesh is moved. His movement was not new, nor was his thought fresh. But his knowledge comes before times and transcends … [Read more...]

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When did God make angels?, Angels: Day 068

When did God make angels?St. Augustine notes that Bible scholars don’t agree on what it meant when God said, “Let there be light.” The sun, moon, and stars were made later. Was this first “light”  the spirits of the angels? We can’t know with certainty. But we can know that it was created, and God was the Creator.So, when darkness was over the deep, he who was Light said, “Let there be light.”From what Light this light came is clear; for the words are, “God said.” But it is not so cle … [Read more...]

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The inner speech of spiritual beings, Angels: Day 067

The inner speech of spiritual beingsWhen Scripture says that the Lord “speaks”  to an angel, says St. Gregory the Great, we need to remember that angels don’t have lungs and throats and all the organs of  speech. These things belong to human beings, who are mixtures of mind and body.We need to give this careful consideration: what it means to say that the Lord speaks to Satan, or Satan answers the Lord. We need to figure out what it means by “speaking.”Neither the Lord (who is the sup … [Read more...]

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God speaks to angels in their contemplation, Angels: Day 066

God speaks to angels in their contemplationGod doesn’t really give verbal commands  to the angels, says  St. Gregory the Great. Instead, by contemplating God, which is their greatest delight, the angels understand what God wills them to do.But, again, we need to understand that, even when an incorporeal nature is said to “speak,” it does not always “speak” in the same way. There is one way in which God speaks to the angels, and another in which the angels speak to God. God speaks to the s … [Read more...]

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