The Cross brings us together with the angels; Angels: Day 194

Our sin is what keeps us from being fit citizens of Heaven. But the Cross overcomes that, says St. John Chrysostom. Because of the Cross, we are now part of the same community with the angels.The Cross destroyed the hostility of God toward humanity. It brought about the reconciliation; it made earth Heaven, associated human beings with angels, pulled down the fortress of death, destroyed the power of sin, saved the world from error, brought back the truth, destroyed temples, overturned … [Read more...]

Who is the vinedresser?; Angels: Day 193

In the parable of  the fig tree, the vinedresser begs the owner not to cut down the tree until it has one more chance. Is that vinedresser the angel who guarded Is- rael throughout the Old Testament? Or is it the Son interceding with the Father? St. Cyril of Alexandria thinks either interpretation is reasonable.But the vinedresser begged him, saying, “Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure. And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can c … [Read more...]

Is it an angel? Judge by it’s fruits; Angles: Day 192

Satan, St. Paul tells us, disguises himself  as an angel of light, and his ministers will call themselves apostles of Christ. How will we know the genuine article? St. Cyril of Alexandria repeats Christ’s advice: examine the fruit.Again, Christ somewhere says, “Beware of those who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matt. 7:15). See again, Christ commands that those who come to us must be distinguished not by their cloth- ing, but by what they really are. “For t … [Read more...]

Ninety-angels and one lost sheep; Angels: Day 191

OKSt. Cyril of  Alexandria suggests an interpretation of  Christ’s famous parable of  the lost sheep: the ninety-nine who were not lost are the angels in Heaven, and the one lost sheep is humanity, which had been lost to sin but is now brought back with great rejoicing.“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?” (Luke 15:4). And if he happens to find it, I tell y … [Read more...]

Even Jesus relied on the angels; Angels: Day 190

When he was in the flesh, Jesus himself  took his Father’s orders through the angels, says  Dionysius  the Areopagite. Though he himself  was  the cause of their existence, Jesus kept himself within the limits assigned to mankind.The angels were the first ones initiated in the divine mystery of the love of Jesus for humanity. Then the gift of that knowledge passed through them to us.For example, the most divine Gabriel taught Zechariah the priest that the son who would be born to him—by d … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: Racketeer for Life

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of Racketeer for Life: Fighting the Culture of Death from the Sidewalk to the Supreme Court by the Joseph Scheidler,  sponsored by Tan Books (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Friday 2/03 with a winner been chosen that day, enter below! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]