Angels and humans have free will; Angels: Day 110

Tatian tells us that both humans and angels were created through the Word, and that both were created with free will. Therefore it is just that the good are praised and the evil punished, because both good and evil acts come from the free choices of God’s creatures.The heavenly Word, a spirit that comes from the Father, a Word from the power of the word, in imitation of the Father who begot him made human beings an image of immortality, so that, as God is incorruptible, humanity, which s … [Read more...]

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Even angels are darkness without God; Angels: Day 109

The  fall of  the angels, says  St. Augustine, shows  us how completely every spiritual being—human or angelic—depends on the illumination that comes from God alone.The angels fell. The human soul fell. And thus they show us the abyss in that dark deep that would have been ready for the whole spiritual creation, if you had not said from the beginning, “Let there be light,” and there had not been light, and every obedient intelligence in your celestial city had not clung to you and rested in y … [Read more...]

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God showed mercy to our weakness; Angels: Day 108

If  fallen humanity deserved mercy, why not the fallen angels? One reason, says St. Gregory the Great, is our very weakness. Satan had the moral strength of a pure spirit, but we constantly struggle with the weakness of the body.God was able to create good things out of nothing. Likewise, when he willed it, he also restored, by the mystery of his Incarnation, the good things that were lost.Now, he had made two creations to contemplate him: the angelic and the human. But pride struck down … [Read more...]

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We don’t deserve God’s mercy; Angels: Day 107

The  evil angels, says  St. Augustine, suffer the just punishment for their betrayal. We might have suffered the same way, but instead God chose to show us completely  undeserved mercy.The whole human race was condemned, ruined. It delighted in evil. It plummeted from one evil to another. It made common cause with the fallen an- gels, and it was suffering the punishment—which was completely deserved—for its wicked betrayal. For we must say that God’s anger is quite rightly turned on the thing … [Read more...]

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We are forgiven because of the flesh; Angels: Day 106

The  angels who  sinned cannot be forgiven, says  St. Gregory the Great, because—having purely spiritual natures—they don’t have the excuse of the flesh. God is merciful to us because he knows that our nature is combined with an element that drags us down.The spirits of the angels sinned without forgiveness for this reason: be- cause they might have stood stronger, since no mixture of flesh held them captive. But we were given pardon after sin for this reason: because, having a body of flesh, … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Called to Teach

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of  Called to Teach: Daily Inspiration for Catholic Educators by Justin McClain,  sponsored by Ave Maria Press (you can read Michele’s review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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