Anticipate the angels’ work; Angels: Day 303

At the end of time, says St. Augustine, the angels will separate the wheat from the chaff. Until then, we’re all mixed up together. But we can anticipate their work by separating ourselves from everything wicked.As long as the chaff is being bruised with the wheat, as long as the bad fish swim together with the good in the nets of the Lord, till the time of separation comes, it is your duty rather to endure the mixture of the bad out of consideration for the good, than to violate the pri … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf 023 with Jared Dees

Jared Dees is the creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, which provides practical resources and effective teaching strategies to religious educators. A respected graduate of the Alliance for Catholic Education program at the University of Notre Dame, Dees earned master’s degrees in education and theology, both from Notre Dame. He has volunteered for and worked in a wide variety of Catholic ministries, including Catholic schools, parish religious education, youth ministry, campus min … [Read more...]

The holy temple, below and above; Angels: Day 302

We make up the Church below, says St. Augustine, and the angels make up the Church above. But Christ came down to us and took on human form to make us the equals of the angels.“I bow down toward your holy temple” (Ps. 138:2).What holy temple? The temple in which we will dwell, where we will worship.But certainly, God obviously dwells in the angels. Therefore, when our joy is in spiritual things rather than earthly, and it takes up a song to God to sing before the angels, that very ass … [Read more...]

Imitating the hymns of angels; Angels: Day 301

The historian Socrates Scholasticus relates the traditional story of how responsive singing began in the liturgy. According to the tradition, St. Ignatius had a vision of angels responding to each other in song.We must now however make some allusion to the origin of this custom in the church of responsive singing.Ignatius, third bishop of Antioch in Syria from the Apostle Peter, who also had conversations with the Apostles themselves, saw a vision of angels hymning in alternate chants … [Read more...]

Work like an Angel; Angels: Day 300

If you’re lazy now in doing good works, asks St. Clement of Rome, how will you look the Lord in the eye when he comes to give you your reward? Remember how the countless angels stand around him, always  ready to serve him.The good servant receives the bread of his labor with confidence; the lazy and slothful servant cannot look his employer in the face. We must therefore be prompt in doing good; for all things come from the Lord. He forewarns us in these words: “Behold, your salvation comes; … [Read more...]

Join your heart with the angels; Angels: Day 299

Even when you work at earthly things, says St. Augustine, you’re a citizen of Heaven if you have your heart there and not on Earth.Look and see the two kinds of people. One kind works, and the other they work among. One kind weighs their hearts down, the other joins their hearts with angels. The one trusts in the earthly things that are so common in the world, but the other puts their confidence in heavenly things that have been promised by God, who never lies.But these two kinds of pe … [Read more...]