Day and night, Angels: Day 073

02Day and night St. Gregory the Great sees an image of Satan in the “day”  and “night” that Job curses. Satan is a false day, promising us the light but actually leading us into the darkness of death. “Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night which said, ‘A man-child is conceived’” ( Job 3:3). Satan presents himself as the “day,” in that he seduces us with prosperity. And his end is in the darkness of the “night,” because… Read more

The right and left hands of God, Angels: Day 072

The right and left hands of God The heavenly host stands at the right and left hands of  God. One side is the good angels, says  St. Gregory the Great, and one side is the evil angels. Both serve God, though the evil ones are working for their own evil purposes. “I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of Heaven standing beside him on his right hand and on his left” (1 Kings 22:19). What is the… Read more

Light and darkness, Angels: Day 071

Light and darkness Genesis 1:4 says that “God separated the light from the darkness”; St. Augustine suggests that it refers to the separation of the good angels from the evil an- gels. But even if that’s not what the original author intended, he says, describing the one group as “light”  and the other as “darkness”  is still accurate. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” ( James 4:6). One group lives in the Heaven of heavens; the… Read more

CBB Giveaway: The Fulfillment of All Desire

This week Emmaus Road Publishing  is sponsoring the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12 AM EST 10/07 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway Read more

The saints will take the place of the fallen angels, Angels: Day 070

The saints will take the place of the fallen angels When Satan and his followers were cast out of Heaven, it reduced the number of angels. The saints, says St. Augustine, will replace the angels who were lost, so that Heaven will have its full number of citizens, and maybe—in  God’ s generosity—even more. Some of  the angels, in their wicked pride, deserted God, and were thrown out of the brightness of their heavenly home into the lowest darkness. But the… Read more

CBB Review: The Fulfillment of All Desire

Ten years ago this month Ralph Martin released a book entitled The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. The book has become one of the most popular books in the decade since. Catholic bishops, priests, scholars and laity have all spoken highly of it. In fact, the book has become a staple for courses in several universities, seminaries and novitiates. Needless to say this book comes highly recommended…. Read more

The mystery of the Seraphim, Angels: Day 069

The mystery of the Seraphim St. Ephrem the Syrian poetically describes the mysteries of divine things. Even the six wings of the Seraphim is an idea too high and too deep for us to search out. In the beginning God created all things, and his Thought was with him without any beginning. He did not think as a human thinks; he was not moved in any new way, as a child of flesh is moved. His movement was not new, nor… Read more

When did God make angels?, Angels: Day 068

When did God make angels? St. Augustine notes that Bible scholars don’t agree on what it meant when God said, “Let there be light.” The sun, moon, and stars were made later. Was this first “light”  the spirits of the angels? We can’t know with certainty. But we can know that it was created, and God was the Creator. So, when darkness was over the deep, he who was Light said, “Let there be light.” From what Light this light came is clear;… Read more

The inner speech of spiritual beings, Angels: Day 067

The inner speech of spiritual beings When Scripture says that the Lord “speaks”  to an angel, says St. Gregory the Great, we need to remember that angels don’t have lungs and throats and all the organs of  speech. These things belong to human beings, who are mixtures of mind and body. We need to give this careful consideration: what it means to say that the Lord speaks to Satan, or Satan answers the Lord. We need to figure out what it… Read more

God speaks to angels in their contemplation, Angels: Day 066

God speaks to angels in their contemplation God doesn’t really give verbal commands  to the angels, says  St. Gregory the Great. Instead, by contemplating God, which is their greatest delight, the angels understand what God wills them to do. But, again, we need to understand that, even when an incorporeal nature is said to “speak,” it does not always “speak” in the same way. There is one way in which God speaks to the angels, and another in which the angels speak… Read more

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