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…. 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… Read more

Secret wisdom of God; Angels: Day 298

What an honor for the human race! God reveals his most secret wisdom to the angels at the same time as to us, says St. John Chrysostom. “But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 2:7). Why is it “secret” and “hidden”? For surely Christ says, “what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops” (Matt. 10:27). How then does he call it a secret? Because neither angel nor archangel, nor any other created power, knew of it… Read more

Let everyone see that you’re a citizen of heaven; Angels: Day 297

St. John Chrysostom tells us that the best way to draw back those who don’t come to church is not by preaching to them, but by showing them the difference the Mass makes in our lives. If they see in our behavior that we’ve been let into Heaven to sing with the choirs of angels, they’ll come running. I’ll never stop begging you, with all earnestness, as I have often done before: Bring your brethren to us! Urge the wanderers! Advise… Read more

We were made to glorify God on earth; Angels: Day 296

The  angels glorify God in Heaven, says  St. Gregory of  Nyssa,  and human beings were made so that God would be glorified by intelligent beings in the material part of creation. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him” (Gen. 1:27). Certain writers before us have explained the reason for creating this animate being this way: The whole creation is divided into two parts: that which is seen, and that which is not seen,… Read more

We were meant to live like angels; Angels: Day 295

In the Garden of Eden, says St. John of Damascus, Adam and Eve lived like angels—without a care in the world. That’s the way we were all meant to live, and that’s the way Christ has been trying to teach us to live. Before they took of the fruit, “the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed” (Gen. 2:25). For God meant that we should be thus free from passion, and this is indeed the mark of… Read more

The knowledge even angels can’t teach; Angels: Day 294

God’s perfect knowledge is something no human could teach us, says St. Augustine. Angels couldn’t teach it to us; they couldn’t even teach it to other angels. But we can have it if we knock at God’s door. We see the things you have made because they exist. But they exist be- cause you made them. And we see from outside that they exist, and from inside that they are good; but you saw them where you made them when… Read more

Know God, know love; Angels: Day 293

If  you love your brother, says St. Augustine, you know God—because  God is love. Love is what binds us together with the angels. When you are filled with love, you really are filled with God, and you know God more intimately than you can know your closest friend. No one should say, “I do not know what I love.” Love your brother, and you will love that same love. For you know the Love you love with more than you know… Read more

Off the Shelf 022 with Matt Fradd

Matt Fradd is the founder and executive director of The Porn Effect, a website dedicated to exposing the reality behind the fantasy of porn and offering help. He also serves as director of content development for Integrity Restored. He speaks to about 50,000 people every year on the harmful effects of pornography and how to free from it. On this episode Matt and I discuss the porn pandemic that is running rampant through society today. His book The Porn Myth:… Read more

We restore the ranks of the angels; Angels: Day 292

The fall of the angels left a gap in the heavenly hierarchy, says St. Augustine, and the redemption of humanity will fill that gap. The redemption of mankind rebuilds the ruins left by the fall of the angels. Of course, the holy angels, who learn from God (for they are blessed with eternal contemplation of God’s truth), know how many of the human race are required to fill up the full census of that commonwealth. This is why the apostle says… Read more

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