Satan was created good, Angels: Day 097

If  Satan was one of God’s creatures, then isn’t God to blame for evil? Against the heretic Marcion, who believed that the God of the Old Testament was evil, Tertullian argues that the devil’s sin is not God’s doing. Like us, Satan was created with free will, and—like  us—he  alone is to blame for his own sins.Where did the devil’s malice, his lying and deceiving mankind and slandering God, come from?Certainly not from God. He made the angel good, as he did all his good works. In fact, be … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Letters to My Lord

Review by Michele CraigDuring his last days on earth, as he was lying in a hospital bed dying from cancer, Daniel A. Lord, SJ decided to write a few letters…to our Lord. Editor Thomas Gavin, SJ explains. “While doing research for a biography of Father Lord, I came across an intimate, personal document that he wrote in a St. Louis hospital during his last retreat. On the second day of his retreat he was told that he had terminal cancer. He called this document Letters to My Lord, and that is e … [Read more...]

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Everything comes from the Good, Angels: Day 096

Dionysius  the Areopagite tells us that the angels have all their perfections because of the one Good, namely God, from whom all perfections flow. But not just the angels: our own souls, and the life of  lower animals and plants, and even the existence of inanimate objects—all  of it depends on God.Whatever belongs to the heavenly hierarchy—the purifications appropri- ate to angels, the heavenly illuminations, and everything that perfects the whole angelic perfection—all of it comes from the … [Read more...]

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Christ is the teacher, Angels: Day 095

One generation teaches another, but who taught the first humans? Not other humans, says St. Clement of Alexandria, since there were none. Not angels, because we cannot hear the way angels normally speak. No, our original teacher was the Word himself.I lead you up to the first generation of human beings; and from that point I begin to investigate: who is their teacher? Not a human, for they had not yet learned. Not any of the angels, for humans do not hear the way angels, as an- gels, speak. … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Gail Buckley

Gail Buckley is the Founder and President of Catholic Scripture Study International. In addition to managing CSS, Gail serves on the board of directors of Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) and the Catholic Leadership Conference and on the Board of Reference of PureHope, a division of the National Coalition for Protection of Children and Families. In 2009, she was inducted into the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, an ancient order under the Papacy. Gail is the … [Read more...]

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They listened to the angels, we listen to the Son; Angels: Day 094

They listened to the angels, we listen to the SonSt. Augustine tells us that, in Old Testament times, the word of God was given through the angels—and it was heard with earnest obedience. We who have the word directly from the Son should be even more careful to listen.Whenever God appeared to the patriarchs, presented to them according to his own dispensation suitable to the times, he did so through created beings. We have the authority of the divine Scriptures, and our reason should not … [Read more...]

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