The orders of angels; Angels: Day 011

The orders of angelsSt. John of Damascus summarizes the teaching of Dionysius the Areopagite, who wrote a treatise in very difficult neo-Platonic language on the angelic pow- ers. Here we have the traditional names of the orders of angels, as gathered from the brief  mentions of heavenly powers in different places in Scripture.Dionysius the Areopagite—that  most holy, sacred, and gifted theolo- gian—says that all theology (meaning Holy Scripture) has nine different names for the heavenly … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Stephen P. White

Stephen P. White is a fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His work focuses on the application of Catholic social teaching to contemporary political and cultural issues. His writing has appeared in outlets such as the National Review Online, Huffington Post, America Magazine, and The Catholic Herald (UK). He is a regular contributor at CatholicVote.org. Since 2005, he has been coordinator of an annual seminar on Catholic social thought in Krakow, Pola … [Read more...]

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How the Bible describes angels; Angels: Day 010

How the Bible describes angelsScripture, says Dionysius the Areopagite, uses symbolic imagery (in Ezekiel 1, for example) to describe the lives of the heavenly beings. They don’t have actual wheels, but the symbolic image fits their actual behavior and existence.But why does it talk about rivers? And  why  are wheels and chariots attached to the heavenly beings?The rivers of fire represent the ceaselessly flowing streams from God that nourish the productive powers of life. The chario … [Read more...]

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Descriptions of angels are figurative; Angels: Day 009

Descriptions of angels are figurativeThe writer we call Dionysius  the Areopagite, beginning a work on the celestial hierarchy, takes care to remind us that the descriptions of angels in Scripture are figurative. The  Bible  uses these pictures to describe the angels’ attributes  and abilities in a way our human understanding can grasp.I think the first thing we need to do is to set forth what we think is the purpose of every hierarchy, and what benefit each one confers upon its follow … [Read more...]

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Heavenly beings as well were made by the Word; Angels: Day 008

Heavenly beings as well were made by the WordInterpreting Psalm 45, St. Augustine imagines all the things that have been created by the Word: not just the stars, the earth, the sea, but also the angels and all the heavenly beings.“My heart hath uttered a good word” (Ps. 45:1).Who is the speaker? The Father, or the prophet? Some take it to be the Person of the Father, who says, “My heart hath uttered a good word,” hinting at a certain unspeakable generation. In case you should happen t … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Red, White, Blue and Catholic

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of Red, White, Blue, and Catholic  by Stephen P. White and sponsored by Liguori Publications (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts NOW and will end 12AM EST Friday 8/05.a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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