Descriptions of angels are figurative; Angels: Day 009

Descriptions of angels are figurativeThe writer we call Dionysius  the Areopagite, beginning a work on the celestial hierarchy, takes care to remind us that the descriptions of angels in Scripture are figurative. The  Bible  uses these pictures to describe the angels’ attributes  and abilities in a way our human understanding can grasp.I think the first thing we need to do is to set forth what we think is the purpose of every hierarchy, and what benefit each one confers upon its follow … [Read more...]

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Heavenly beings as well were made by the Word; Angels: Day 008

Heavenly beings as well were made by the WordInterpreting Psalm 45, St. Augustine imagines all the things that have been created by the Word: not just the stars, the earth, the sea, but also the angels and all the heavenly beings.“My heart hath uttered a good word” (Ps. 45:1).Who is the speaker? The Father, or the prophet? Some take it to be the Person of the Father, who says, “My heart hath uttered a good word,” hinting at a certain unspeakable generation. In case you should happen t … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Red, White, Blue and Catholic

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of Red, White, Blue, and Catholic  by Stephen P. White and sponsored by Liguori Publications (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts NOW and will end 12AM EST Friday 8/05.a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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The creation of angels; Angels: Day 007

The creation of angelsGenesis doesn’t tell us explicitly when the angels were created, says St. Augustine, but we know that they were created from other passages in Scripture.Where Scripture speaks of the world’s creation, it doesn’t tell us plainly whether or when the angels were created. If it does mention them, it mentions them implicitly under the name of “Heaven,” when it is said, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” But I can’t believe they were completely left … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Red, White, Blue and Catholic

We have been hearing a lot about “Making America Great Again” this election cycle. As Catholics, this approach should be much more than a simple campaign slogan. Author Stephen P. White provides a guide that goes beyond a political campaign and to the heart of how Catholics can live a faith-filled life as American citizens today. Red, White, Blue, and Catholic is the name of the book and it is a beacon in this dark night we find our country currently in. The book has been acclaimed as “an indis … [Read more...]

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Some truths about the angels remain a mystery; Angels: Day 006

Some truths about the angels remain a mysterySt. Augustine addresses the question of  whether angels appear to humans by taking on material bodies, or by manipulating their own spiritual essences. But he addresses it only to dismiss it. Some things cannot be known with certainty, and the speculation might distract us from something more important.But I admit that it would be beyond my purpose here to ask these ques- tions. It may be that the angels, working in secret by the spiritual q … [Read more...]

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