Angels visit when you’re alone; Angels: Day 219

Sulpitius Severus visited the holy hermits of the desert in Egypt. They told him a story of one particular hermit who was so intent on his devotion that he never allowed any human visitors at all. He told the one man who had visited him in all those years, that if you are frequently visited by mortals, the angels won’t visit you.I visited two monasteries of St. Anthony, which are at the present day occupied by his disciples. I also went to that place in which the most blessed Paul, the first … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf with guest Kevin Vost

In case you missed this weekend’s show check out the link below to hear the archived podcast. Kevin Vost and I discussed the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit which is the topic of his latest book Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Every Spirutal Warrior's Guide to God's Invincible Gifts. You can stream the episode below or download it here. … [Read more...]

When angels hear us, God hears us in them; Angels: Day 218

God does work miracles, St. Augustine says, but all according to his unchanging will. We can look at everything that happens as a miracle of God. And when- ever we pray to the angels, it’s God working in the angels who hears our prayers.Although we don’t usually think about the standing miracle of this visible world, because it’s always in front of us, yet, when we start to think about it, it’s a greater miracle than the rarest and most unheard-of marvels. Man himself is a greater miracle tha … [Read more...]

Angels hear our prayers; Angels: Day 217

Why  do we pray when God already knows what we need? Perhaps, says St. Augustine, we pray so that the angels can receive their instructions about us.When the Apostle says, “let your requests be made known to God” (Phil.4:6), we should not think this means that, when we do so, they become known to God. He certainly knew them before we spoke them. But we should understand it in this sense: that our requests are to be made known to ourselves in the presence of God by patient waiting on him, not … [Read more...]

Only the virtuous earn angel guides; Angels: Day 216

Lazarus, the poor man in Jesus’ parable (Luke 16:19-31)  never cursed his evil fate or blamed God for the unfairness of life. How do we know? Because, says St. John Chrysostom, at the end of his life he earned an honor guard of angels.But the poor man who was left at his gate didn’t grieve, or blaspheme, or complain. He didn’t say to himself, as many do, “Why is this happening to me? This man living in wickedness and cruelty and inhumanity enjoys far more than he needs, and endures no trouble … [Read more...]

Angels guide the unborn child; Angels: Day 215

Even Roman superstition, says Tertullian, admitted that the unborn child was a human being—otherwise why would all those mythical goddesses have been assigned to guide the embryo? Christians  know that the developing fetus is a living human, and Tertullian believes that the angels guide its development.Now the entire process of sowing, forming, and completing the human embryo in the womb is no doubt regulated by some power, which in all this serves the will of God, whatever may be the method … [Read more...]