A glorious subjection; Angels: Day 206

All things are made subject to Christ—but  what kind of subjection is this? Not ignoble slavery, says St. Ambrose, but a glorious service of  the Good. We are subject the way the angels are subject. Are not all things now subject to him? Are not the choirs of the saints made subject? Are not the angels, who ministered to him when on the earth (Matt. 4:11)? Are not the Archangels who were sent to Mary to foretell the coming of the… Read more

The Apostasy That Wasn’t

CBB Review of The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church by Rod Bennett. There is a little piece of early church history that is misconstrued to the point that Protestants often use it to question the legitimacy of the Roman Catholic Church. The event is what has become known as The Great Apostasy. Rod Bennett does an exceptional job of bringing this story to life in his latest book The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story… Read more

Angels can’t understand the mysteries of salvation; Angels: Day 205

St. Ephrem the Syrian imagines the angels looking all over for God the Son. They look for him in Heaven, and find him on earth—but  they look for him on earth, and find him in Heaven. It is not only for weak beings that the sight of you is too great, or the searching out of you is concealed. The senses of the body, since they stand in so much need of the senses in our inmost imagination, do not grasp… Read more

Off the Shelf with guest Rod Bennett

In case you missed this weekend,s show check out the link below to hear the archived podcast. Rod Bennett and I discuss the early church and his latest book from Catholic Answers, The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Church. Listen to the show here.   Read more

Angels announced the first and second coming; Angels: Day 204

Angels announced the first coming of Christ in the Incarnation, says St. Leo the Great, and angels have foretold the second coming as well—so  that we would know what power Christ would come with. But when the disciples’ eyes, turned up in earnest wonder, had followed the Lord ascending into Heaven, two angels stood by them in robes shining with brightness, saying, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into Heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into… Read more

The angels announce the Ascension; Angels: Day 203

Angels tell the gaping disciples that “this Jesus” has been taken into Heaven. St. Augustine says that the angels are emphasizing that it is the very same Jesus whose body they saw broken on the Cross and buried in the tomb—the  same Jesus who will come again, but who, even in Heaven, is always with them. “God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet” (Ps. 46:5). The disciples wondered in joy, seeing him whose… Read more

Who is the king of glory?; Angels: Day 202

St. Ambrose imagines the twenty-fourth psalm as the dialog of the angels when Christ rose from the dead. He points out that even angels, though they possess great knowledge, can advance step by step just as we do. When the angels saw the Lord of all approaching, the first and only Van- quisher of death, they told their leaders to lift up the gates, saying in adoration, “Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that… Read more

Angels proclaim the Resurrection; Angels: Day 201

The women who came to the tomb where Jesus had been buried were granted a vision of  angels. Why  were they given this privilege? It was because of  their deep love for Christ, says St. Cyril of Alexandria. The women came to the sepulcher, and when they could not find the body of Christ—for he had risen—they were much perplexed. And what happened then? For the sake of their love for Christ, and their earnest zeal in it, they were counted… Read more

The Resurrection amazed even the angels; Angels: Day 200

The angels, says St. Ambrose, were amazed by the Resurrection. Even the hosts of  Heaven could not understand the wonderful mystery  of  our salvation until Christ himself  revealed it. Why should we be surprised if by their worldly wisdom men failed to comprehend the mystery of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden (Col. 2:3); that mystery which not even angels have been able to know except by revelation? For who… Read more

The angels wondered at the risen Christ; Angels: Day 199

Christ rose to Heaven in his glorified body, says St. Cyril of Alexandria. He imagines how the angels must have wondered at the sight: the God of  all creation appearing in human form, with scars from the nails still in his hands! Thus the only-begotten Word of God returned to the heavens, with the flesh united to him. How strange was the sight in Heaven! The throng of angels marveled when they saw the King of earth and the Lord of… Read more

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