Even angels don’t see the essence of God, Angels: Day 063

Even angels don't see the essence of GodAngels are spiritual beings that live in the presence of God. Yet even they never saw God until Christ was manifested in the flesh, says St. John Chrysostom. Created beings simply  aren’t capable of  gazing on the Uncreated, but God loved us so much that he came to us in a way we could see and understand.Since his Son was about to appear in the flesh, God had been preparing the prophets for a long time to see the substance of God, as far as it was p … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Pope Francis Takes the Bus

One thing can definitively be said about Pope Francis….he is the Pope of the unexpected. From the moment he became Pope he has repeatedly done things differently than his predecessors. From the night he was elected and returned to the hotel in his papal garments, on a bus, with the cardinals who had just elected him. That same day he went to the front desk of the hotel and tried to pay for his room. He decided to live among the workers in the Vatican instead of the apartments reserved for the p … [Read more...]

Angels confess their ignorance, Angels: Day 062

Angels confess their ignoranceAngels see the majesty of  God, says  St. Gregory the Great, but they cannot understand it. Like Job, we should be ready to admit that we can’t debate on equal terms with God.“God, whose wrath no man can resist, and under whom they stoop that bear up the world” ( Job 9:13).When it says “under whom they stoop that bear up the world,” we may also understand the angelic powers. They “bear up the world” in that they perform the duties of governing the univers … [Read more...]

CBB Review: The Way of Serenity

Review by Michele Craig Father Jonathan Morris, a Catholic Priest in the Archdiocese of New York, beautifully examines, contemplates, prays and explains the ever popular “Serenity Prayer” in his book The Way of Serenity. Father Jonathan encourages us to pray it daily and even hourly and even sometimes minute by minute- and with good reason! Father Jonathan explains the importance of this practice. “…I would remind you once again to be praying it every day, even several times a day, as you come … [Read more...]

Even angels can’t really see God, Angels: Day 061

Even angels can't really see GodSt. Augustine, quoting St. Jerome, tells us that we will never really know everything about God, because that is impossible  for any creature. We’ll  be made equal to the angels, but even angels can’t really see God’s true nature.St. Jerome says, “The human eye cannot see God as he is in his own na- ture. And this is not true only of human beings. Neither angels, nor Thrones, nor Powers, nor Principalities, nor anything we can name can see God, for no creat … [Read more...]

To Christ through Christ, Angels: Day 060

To Christ through ChristThe truth is the way, says St. Augustine. The only way to Christ is through Christ. We eat the bread of angels because “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”If you are looking for truth, stick to the Way—for the truth is the Way. The truth is the destination to which you are going, and it is the Way by which you go. You are not going by one thing as your way to something else as your destina- tion; you are not coming to Christ by something that is other than C … [Read more...]