The right and left hands of God, Angels: Day 072

The right and left hands of GodThe heavenly host stands at the right and left hands of  God. One side is the good angels, says  St. Gregory the Great, and one side is the evil angels. Both serve God, though the evil ones are working for their own evil purposes.“I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of Heaven standing beside him on his right hand and on his left” (1 Kings 22:19).What is the “throne” of the Lord, unless we understand it as the angelic powers? He is enth … [Read more...]

Light and darkness, Angels: Day 071

Light and darknessGenesis 1:4 says that “God separated the light from the darkness”; St. Augustine suggests that it refers to the separation of the good angels from the evil an- gels. But even if that’s not what the original author intended, he says, describing the one group as “light”  and the other as “darkness”  is still accurate.“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” ( James 4:6). One group lives in the Heaven of heavens; the other is thrown out of there, and rages thr … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway: The Fulfillment of All Desire

This week Emmaus Road Publishing  is sponsoring the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin (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 at midnight tonight EST and will end 12 AM EST 10/07 with a winner being announced later that day.a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]