Simeon the Pole-sitter, an angel on earth; Angels: Day 231

Simeon Stylites (“of the pillar”)  attempted  to live the life of  the angels on earth—by  removing himself  as far as possible from the earth, living on top of a column for thirty-seven years. In spite of  his eccentricity, however, he was unquestioningly obedient to the leaders of the Church.Simeon tried to realize the life of the heavenly hosts in the flesh. He lifted himself above the concerns of earth, and—overpowering the downward tendency of human nature—was intent on things above. Pla … [Read more...]

An army of angels; Angels: Day 230

The Gothic leader Gainas tried to make himself  master of the whole Roman Empire. Constantinople,  the eastern capital, was in serious danger: most of the Roman army was too far away to help. But the barbarians were defeated—and popular opinion insisted that their defeat was due to angelic protection.The city was accordingly quite inundated by the barbarians, and its residents were reduced to a condition equivalent to that of captives. Moreover, so great was the danger of the city that a come … [Read more...]

Trusting in the angels; Angels: Day 229

When Constantinople was menaced by a Persian attack, the report of  a message from the angels gave its citizens  courage. In times of trouble, ancient Christians keenly felt the protecting presence of the angels.When the emperor saw that the Persian was mustering his whole force, he made additional levies to his army, and put his whole trust in God for the victory.And that the king was not without immediate benefit from this pious confi- dence the following circumstance proves. As the p … [Read more...]

Trust Christ, and the angels will defend you; Angels: Day 228

When Satan dared Jesus to throw himself  off a tower, he quoted Scripture, saying that the angels would guard him. But Christ, who is the Lord of angels, has no need of  their protection. Instead, if  we trust in him, he will send his angels to protect us.“For it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you, to guard you’” (Luke 4:10).Satan then made use of these verses, as though the Savior were a common man. For being entirely darkness, and having his mind blinded, he did not unde … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway: How to Read Your Way to Heaven

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of How to Read Your Way to Heaven: A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between by Vicki Burbach (you can read my review of the book here)  sponsored by Sophia Institute Press. I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Wednesday 3/15 with a winner chosen later that day, enter below! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

“By this symbol, conquer”; Angels: Day 227

Many historians have told the story of Constantine’s  conversion. Sozomen says that angels explained his vision of the Cross to him. The story may be apocryphal, but it illustrates perfectly how completely the early Christians trusted in the protection of the angels.We have been informed that Constantine was led to honor the Christian religion by the concurrence of several different events, particularly by the appearance of a sign from Heaven.When he first formed the resolution of ente … [Read more...]