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...]

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 before it actually took place. This is why he says, “tha … [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 them not just by words, but by deeds!The teaching that come … [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, to use the Apostle’s words—“not seen” mea … [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 a mind absolutely void of passion. Furthermore, he meant us to be free from care, and to … [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 they were made.We were moved to do good after our hearts had conceived of your … [Read more...]