Even magic come’s from God’s will; Angels: Day 125

The magicians of Pharaoh, says St. Augustine, were able to duplicate some of the plagues by magic. But their magic had its limits. Nothing can be done, even by magic, without God’s will.Now, a weak judgment might ask why miracles like these can also be done by magic—for the wise men of Pharaoh also made serpents, and did other similar things.Yet it is still more wonderful that the power of those magicians, though it could make serpents, completely failed when it came to very small flies. … [Read more...]

Demons are weapons against the devil; Angels: Day 124

Even when the evil angels turn their strength against us, says  St. Augustine, they’re actually  weapons  in our struggle against Satan. If  we don’t despair when we run into trouble, then Satan loses,  and we’re  made stronger by the struggle.You have made me the reproach of the foolish. You have so willed it, that I should live among those, and preach the Truth among those, who love vanity; and I can’t help being laughingstock to them. For “we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels … [Read more...]

Even the evil angels are God’s instruments; Angels: Day 123

God uses the evil angels as his instruments for correcting us, says St. Augustine. The purpose of these punishments is to bring us back to the right path, so that we won’t be condemned forever at the last judgment.“God is a just judge, strong and patient: is he angry every day?” (Ps. 7:11). What God is judge, but the Lord, who judges the people?He is just; “he will repay every man for what he has done” (Matt. 16:27).He is strong, meaning in endurance; though he is all-powerful, for ou … [Read more...]

The devil’s power to hurt come’s from God; Angels: Day 122

The devil wills  evil, says St. Augustine, but God’s will is always  done even through the wickedness of the devil. Nevertheless, Satan will be rightfully pun- ished, because his will was, and is, to hurt us.Even the power of those who are hurtful is from God alone. For it is not unrighteous that, when the wicked receive the power of being hurtful, both the patience of the good should be tested and the iniquity of the evil punished. Through power given to the devil Job was tested so that he m … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Liturgy and Personality

If you have never heard the name Dietrich von Hildebrand or had the opportunity to read one of his books, you are missing out on the thought of one of the leading Catholic philosophers of the 20th century. You also may not realize than he was one of the first in Germany to challenge Hitler and his concept of National Socialism that eventually morphed into Nazism. That topic was covered extensively in the book  My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich … [Read more...]

Even Satan’s sin accomplished God’s will; Angels: Day 121

God’s plan is so well thought out that even the sinful free will of Satan and the wicked angels could not go against it. In fact, says St. Augustine, God contrives to use their sin, and ours, to bring about his will.These are the great “works of the Lord: sought out according to all his wills” (Ps. 111:2). In fact, they are so wisely “sought out” that, when his angelic and human creation sinned—that is, did not do what he willed, but what it willed— he could still accomplish what he himself h … [Read more...]