Long for life with the angels; Angels: Day 253

St. Gregory the Great tells us that our time of waiting here is preparing a richer reward for us. When we love God and long for life among the angels, by waiting our love grows even stronger.“Oh, that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his seat!” ( Job 23:3).Those who love still have to wait, so that, because they have loved and wait- ed, they will have stronger title to the reward. So Almighty God is made sweet to us in miracles, but in his own loftiness he remains … [Read more...]

A glimpse of the chambers of the south; Angels: Day 252

St. Gregory the Great reads “the chambers of the south” in Job as symbolic of the depths of Heaven. Just as the climate gets warmer the farther south we go, so the deeper we are in Heaven the more we are filled with the heat of  the Holy Spirit.“(W)ho made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south” ( Job 9:9).“The chambers of the south” are those unseen orders of angels, and those unfathomed depths of the heavenly country, that are filled with the heat of the Holy Spi … [Read more...]

Even angels can’t take away your sin; Angels: Day 251

When the emperor Theodosius gave orders that resulted in a massacre  in Thessalonica, St. Ambrose, bishop of  the imperial capital of  Milan, refused him communion until he made public penance. He warned the emperor that not even an angel can take away his sin. Only “tears and penitence” can do it.And Scripture tells us that when the people were dying, on the very first day and at dinner time, David saw the angel that struck down the people, and he said, “Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wi … [Read more...]

Come back and make the angels glad; Angels: Day 250

St. Pacian reminds us that you’re never so far gone in sin that you can’t repent. The angels are watching and waiting; when you come back, no matter how far you’ve strayed, the angels will rejoice.The book of Revelation also threatens the seven Churches unless they should repent. Now, God wouldn’t threaten those who don’t repent, unless he par- doned those who do. God Himself says, “Remember then from what you have fallen,” and “repent” (Rev. 2:5). And again, “When you return and mourn, then … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway: BeDADitudes

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of BeDADitudes: 8 Ways to Be an Awesome Dad by Greg Popcak (you can read my review of the book here)  sponsored by Ave Maria Press. I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Thursday 4/06 with a winner chosen later that day, enter below!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Believe the angels if nothing; Angels: Day 249

At a time when Arian heretics threatened to take over the Church, St. Ambrose reminds us that the angels themselves have declared that Christ was divine, and that he was to be born of a virgin.But if they will not believe the doctrines of the clergy, let them believe the revealed word of Christ. Let them believe the admonitions of angels who say, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Let them give credit to the Creed of the Apostles, which the Roman Church has always kept and preserved … [Read more...]