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

If  we’re to be like the angels, who have no bodies, then what becomes of  the resurrection of the body? St. Methodius of Olympus  explains that we’re to be equal to angels, but not identical. Our nature will never be other than human. Here’s another point you should consider, Aglaophon—for you’re very much misled here, if you’ll forgive me for being blunt when the subject is so important. You said that the Lord declared plainly that those who gain the resurrection… Read more

Answering the resurrection-denying Sadducees who tried to trip Jesus up with a tricky question about marriage in the life to come, Christ says that in that future life we will be equal to the angels (Luke 20:27-40).  That tells us, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, what our blessed life of the future will be like. “The sons of this age,” Christ says—those, that is, who lead worldly carnal lives, full of fleshly lust—for the procreation of children “marry and are given… Read more

Contemplation, says St. Augustine, is the highest part of  reason, which is the highest part of the soul, which is the highest part of our nature. In everything we do, then, we should be guided by our contemplation of God. Each of us, we know, consists of soul and body; but so does a beast. Again, it is plain that in the order of nature the soul is superior to the body. More- over, in our own souls there is reason,… Read more

Society today is facing one of the worst epidemics it has faced in a long time. It can be referred to as a pandemic, an epidemic that has spread through human populations and continents. It knows no borders and its victims are not limited to any age, gender, race or culture. The problem I am talking about is porn addiction. Matt Fradd tackles this topic and overturns the various justifications society has made for porn use in his latest book… Read more

Didymus was a famous theologian who had been blind since childhood. The historian Socrates Scholasticus recounts his many accomplishments,  and then tells us about a famous piece of  advice St. Anthony gave to this  illustrious scholar. About the same period God brought into observation another faithful per- son, deeming it worthy that through him faith might be shown: this was Didymus, a most admirable and eloquent man, instructed in all the learning of the age in which he flourished. At a… Read more

Writing to Christians facing a sentence of death, Tertullian tells them to think of their hardships as training for victory. You don’t win the star athlete’s wreath without hard work and sweat, and in the spiritual realm the Holy Spirit is their personal trainer, getting them in shape to win a “wreath  of angelic essence.” Even in peace soldiers get themselves used to war by work and chal- lenges, marching in arms, running over the plain, working at the ditch, drilling… Read more

Still meditating on the instructions in Revelation “to the angel of the Church in Ephesus,”  St. Augustine tells us that Christ himself  set the example of tolera- tion by tolerating Judas, his betrayer, in the midst of his disciples. I know I’ve left out many examples. If you are willing and able, read the divine records for yourself: you’ll find that all the holy servants and friends of God have always had to bear with some among their own people. They… Read more

Citing the instructions “to the angel of the church in Ephesus,”  St. Augustine says that toleration for the sake of unity earns us high praise. In the Revelation of John (2:1-5) we read, “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lamp stands. “I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but… Read more

St. Augustine’s advice to soldiers: Peace is your goal, and everything you do must work toward it. The peace we desire on earth is only a shadow of that peace God gives the angels now and will give us after our trials here. Think, then, of this first of all, when you are arming for the battle: that even your bodily strength is a gift of God. If you think about this, you will not employ the gift of God against God…. Read more

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