Even angels are darkness without God; Angels: Day 109

The  fall of  the angels, says  St. Augustine, shows  us how completely every spiritual being—human or angelic—depends on the illumination that comes from God alone. The angels fell. The human soul fell. And thus they show us the abyss in that dark deep that would have been ready for the whole spiritual creation, if you had not said from the beginning, “Let there be light,” and there had not been light, and every obedient intelligence in your celestial city had… Read more

God showed mercy to our weakness; Angels: Day 108

If  fallen humanity deserved mercy, why not the fallen angels? One reason, says St. Gregory the Great, is our very weakness. Satan had the moral strength of a pure spirit, but we constantly struggle with the weakness of the body. God was able to create good things out of nothing. Likewise, when he willed it, he also restored, by the mystery of his Incarnation, the good things that were lost. Now, he had made two creations to contemplate him: the angelic… Read more

We don’t deserve God’s mercy; Angels: Day 107

The  evil angels, says  St. Augustine, suffer the just punishment for their betrayal. We might have suffered the same way, but instead God chose to show us completely  undeserved mercy. The whole human race was condemned, ruined. It delighted in evil. It plummeted from one evil to another. It made common cause with the fallen an- gels, and it was suffering the punishment—which was completely deserved—for its wicked betrayal. For we must say that God’s anger is quite rightly turned on… Read more

We are forgiven because of the flesh; Angels: Day 106

The  angels who  sinned cannot be forgiven, says  St. Gregory the Great, because—having purely spiritual natures—they don’t have the excuse of the flesh. God is merciful to us because he knows that our nature is combined with an element that drags us down. The spirits of the angels sinned without forgiveness for this reason: be- cause they might have stood stronger, since no mixture of flesh held them captive. But we were given pardon after sin for this reason: because,… Read more

CBB Giveaway: Called to Teach

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of  Called to Teach: Daily Inspiration for Catholic Educators by Justin McClain,  sponsored by Ave Maria Press (you can read Michele’s review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Read more

Satan is more guilty than we are; Angels: Day 105

Satan, says St. Gregory the Great, left his exalted position by his own wickedness, whereas we were persuaded by Satan to sin. Of the two, therefore, Satan is the more guilty, which is why we have the chance to be redeemed and he does not. “May God above not seek it, nor light shine upon it” ( Job 3:4). There is another way in which it was both appropriate that humanity should be recovered when lost, and impossible for the… Read more

CBB Review – Called to Teach: Daily Inspiration for Catholic Educators

As a teacher, Justin McClain knows what it means to be Called to Teach, and his “Daily Inspirations” truly are inspirational! This book is for all teachers, staff and administrators…and anyone else who works with Catholic children of all ages. It provides short bursts of daily inspiration so that even the busiest teacher has time to take a quick read each day. But the daily messages – reflections on scripture- are deep and long lasting, meant to be pondered as… Read more

Not hurting anyone but himself: Angels, Day 104

The devil, says St. Augustine, did no damage to God in his fall, but only to himself. God knew beforehand what would happen, and how to bring good out of it. So why shouldn’t God make human beings, although he knew before- hand that we would sin, when he might crown us if we stood, and set us right if we fell, and help us if we rose, being always and everywhere glorious in goodness, righteousness, and mercy? Above all,… Read more

Satan fell, and we followed; Angels: Day 103

The first of all the angels, Tatian tells us, was worshiped as a god by human beings. For his pride, Satan was cut off from all fellowship with the Word, and he and his angelic followers became the demons. The power of the Word had the ability in itself to foresee future events— not that those events were fated, but rather they came about through the choice of beings who acted freely. From time to time the Word foretold what… Read more

Covetousness made an archangel the devil, Angels: Day 102

St. Asterius of Amasea gives us a good working definition of covetousness, and explains that this sin—wanting more than you deserve—was what made the devil fall from Heaven. Covetousness, then, is not simply being mad for money and other posses- sions, wishing to add to what you have that to which you have no right. To speak more broadly, it is the desire to have, in every transaction, more than what’s due or belongs to you. And you know that the… Read more

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