The service of angels; Angels: Day 283

St. Ambrose recommends the life of a much-respected monk as an example to us all. To spend your days in praising God and celebrating the Lord with hymns— this is the way the angels live, he says, and you can do it too.But now I think we have said enough of the teacher. Let us now follow up the lives of his disciples, who have given themselves to praise the divine Name, and celebrate it with hymns night and day. For this is the service of angels, always to be praising God, and with frequent pr … [Read more...]

Faith, nature and natural living

Review by Maura ZagransIf I could, I would thrust a copy of Wendell Berry and the Given Life by Ragan Sutterfield into the hands of everyone I know. Here’s why:Sutterfield’s book is a terrific introduction to an esteemed man of letters. Wendell Berry is a poet, novelist, essayist, conservation activist, and pioneering agrarian who advocates for sustainable agriculture. Thus Berry is a man whose legacy is equally remarkable for his literary writings as well as for his pioneering work and c … [Read more...]

Live like an angel now to live like an angel; Angels: Day 282

In his commentary on the Apostles’  Creed, Rufinus of Aquileia explains what Christ means when he says the resurrected will be like angels in Heaven. We will live with the angels then, but only if  we live like angels here on earth— which we can do with the sanctification of the Holy Spirit.“For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in Heaven” (Mark 12:25).This means that the power of the resurrection confers on us an angelic state … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf 021 with Charlie McKinney

Charlie McKinney, president of Sophia Institute Press, stopped by to talk about the problems with youth catechesis the Church faces today. We also discuss the disengagement of parents in the current structure used by most parishes. How do we resolve this? Get them involved! Sophia Institute Press has developed a program to answer this issue and we talk about it's benefits on this episode. The program is called A Family of Faith and it not only catechizes the child but the entire family. Anyone f … [Read more...]

Living an angel’s life on earth; Angels: Day 281

Recalling a holy monk who was well known for his ascetic life, St. Ambrose says that he led an angel’s life on earth—and in doing so became a model for the rest of us.Now this endurance in holy Eusebius was thriving under the monastic discipline. Because he was used to a stricter rule, he drank in a power of bearing hardships.I’m positive that, in the higher kinds of Christian devotion, these two things are the most excellent: the clerical function and the monastic rule. The first is trai … [Read more...]

Make the angels rejoice; Angels: 280

St. Ambrose, bishop of the empire’s administrative capital of Milan, was never shy about advising even the Emperor in his religious duties. Here he reminds the Emperor that his power was given to him by God, not earned. He should use that power to make the angels rejoice.So since you know, Emperor (for now I’m not only going to talk about you but address myself to you), how severe the Lord’s censures can be, you must take care, in proportion as you become more illustrious, to submit so much t … [Read more...]