Christ above and below; Angels: Day 089

Christ above and belowChrist, says St. Augustine, is both above in Heaven and below in us. If our eyes were opened, we could see the angels constantly ascending and descending.He who could do such great things was hungry and thirsty, was wearied, slept, was apprehended, beaten, crucified, slain.This is the way: walk in humility, that you may come to eternity. Christ as God is the country we want to go to; Christ the man is the Way by which we go. To him we go, by him we go; why … [Read more...]

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Angels ascending and descending; Angels: Day 088

In Jacob’s ladder, with angels ascending and descending, St. Augustine sees an image of the good preacher, who goes up to learn the most exalted truths, and comes down to bring them to the simplest followers of Christ.What did Jacob see on the ladder? Angels ascending and descending. This, brethren, is what the Church is like. The angels of God are goodpreachers, preaching Christ. This is what it means when it says they ascend and descend upon the Son of Man ( John 1:51).How do they a … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Stacy Trasancos

Stacy A. Trasancos is a Catholic writer, scientist, teacher, and editor. She earned a bachelor’s degree in science from East Texas State University, a doctorate in chemistry from Penn State University and a master’s degree in dogmatic theology (summa cum laude) from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She worked as research chemist for DuPont before becoming a full-time homemaker in 2003. Trasancos designed and was editor-in-chief of Ignitum Today (2011-2014) and serves as editor emeritus of Ca … [Read more...]

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Christ at Jacob’s head; Angels: Day 087

Christ at Jacob's headWhen Jacob saw his vision of angels on a ladder to Heaven, he was resting his head on a stone. That stone, says St. Augustine, is symbolically  Christ.The patriarch Jacob had placed a stone at his head: sleeping with that stone at his head, he saw Heaven opened, and a ladder from Heaven to Earth, and angels ascending and descending; after this vision he awoke, anointed the stone, and departed (Gen. 28:11-18).In that stone he understood Christ; for that reason he … [Read more...]

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Sleep with your head on a stone; Angels: Day 086

Sleep with your head on a stoneJacob lay with his head on a stone, says St. Gregory the Great—and he saw angels (Gen. 28:11-22).  The stone is Christ, and if  we keep Christ in our thoughts, we will know wonderful truths even in our sleep.We certainly should observe here that someone who lays his head on a stone is someone who sees angels in his sleep. Surely it is because whoever tries to imitate our Redeemer with all his mind—which is our ruling principle—pen- etrates inner truths by re … [Read more...]

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Anointing the stone; Angels: Day 085

Anointing the stoneWhen Jacob had his vision of the angels on the ladder, he anointed the stone at his head. Why? Because, says St. Augustine, the stone is a figurative representation of Christ, which means “anointed.”So the Lord goes on to say, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” What greater things does he mean? “And he said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see Heaven opened, and the angels of God a … [Read more...]

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