The angels are evangelists too; Angels: Day 166

Origen suggests that, if  we call the Gospel writers evangelists (a Greek word that means “messengers of good news”),  then surely we ought to call the angels evangelists as well, since they were the first who brought the good news.If there are some people who are honored with the ministry of evange- lists, and if Jesus himself brings news of good things and preaches the Gospel to the poor, surely those messengers who were made spirits by God, those who are a flame of fire, ministers of the F … [Read more...]

God passed the angels to become one of use; Angels: Day 165

Why  did it take the whole Old Testament to prepare humanity for Christ? Simply because the truth of  the Incarnation was so incomprehensibly wonderful, says St. John Chrysostom. God passed by all the orders of angels to become a lowly human being.The truth of the Incarnation was very hard to receive. God’s extraordinary mercy and the greatness of his condescension were simply amazing, and needed much preparation to be accepted.God is indescribable, unintelligible, invisible, inc … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Sonja Corbitt

Sonja erupted on the scene early last spring with her explosive book, Unleashed, where she shared how the Holy Spirit is freeing her from her patterns of toxic relationships, self-medicating habits, awful circumstances, and overwhelming desires.Now she’s showing up everywhere. Her 13-episode Unleashed TV series, perfect for study groups, aired weekly on CatholicTV. Soon after, her radio show Bible Study Evangelista launched on Breadbox Media, (previously named Pursuing the Summit) on which So … [Read more...]

Christ was made man, not angel; Angels: Day 164

St. Gregory the Great says that Christ was made man because he came to save us, not the fallen angels. By not taking on their nature, he rejected Satan and his followers.Our old enemy does actually see the coming of the Redeemer. But, because he is restricted by the darkness of his pride, he never comes back to pardon with the elect.This is why it is written, “For surely it is not with angels that he is concerned but with the descendants of Abraham” (Heb. 2:16).In fact, this is why ou … [Read more...]

Angels will proclaim the gospels to the end; Angels: Day 163

In Origen’s time, some heretical sects said that the God of the Old Testament was not the same as the God of  the New. But Origen says there is only one gospel, and angels will proclaim it to every nation even to the end of time.But the beginning of the gospel is nothing but the whole Old Testament. John (the Baptist) is, in this respect, a type of the Old Testament, or, if we regard the connection of the New Testament with the Old, John represents the termination of the Old. Mark himself say … [Read more...]

The Old Testament and New Testaments agree; Angels: Day 162

In the two Seraphim Isaiah saw in the heavenly court, St. Augustine sees a symbol of the two Testaments of Scripture—both of them singing “Holy,  holy, holy” in perfect tune.Hear this as well: “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth” (Ps. 50:2). The psalm clearly agrees with the Gospel, which says, “to all na- tions, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).“Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty” means that the beauty of his gospel begins there. From there he began to be pr … [Read more...]