Our redemption benefits the angels as well; Angels: Day 334

Because of our sin, says St. Augustine, there was a wall of hostility between us and the angels. So in redeeming us, Christ gave the angels a great benefit as well: he made us their friends again.We will not know the other part of the Church as it really is—the part made up of the holy angels and the powers of God—until, at the end of the age, we join it to have eternal bliss along with it. We know the other part better because we’re in it: the part that is separated from the heavenly fellows … [Read more...]

Angels don’t ask about your income; Angels: Day 333

When Christ sends the angels to gather his chosen people, says St. Cyril of Jerusalem, it won’t matter at all whether you’re rich or poor. On earth, Christ was poor himself, so he won’t forget the poor among his elect.That King, so great and glorious, attended by trains of  angels, who shares the Father’s throne, will not despise his own servants.His elect will not be confused with his foes: “and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the … [Read more...]

Trust in God’s justice; Angels: Day 332

God judged even the angels justly, says St. Gregory the Great, so we should have no doubt that he will judge us justly.When we have doubts about the things that are done concerning us, we should look at others that we know well, and quiet that grumbling of the thought that came up because of our uncertainty.Look then: scourges bring the elect back to life, but not even scourges keep the wicked from doing evil. So Almighty God’s judgments on us are very secret, and not unjust.But if we … [Read more...]

Shining like the sun; Angels: Day 331

Rufinus of  Aquileia reminds us that, in the resurrection, our bodies  will  be changed and glorified, just as Christ’s was. What was planted as a physical body will be raised as a spiritual body, fit for the companionship of angels.But since God’s saints have these promises, and an infinite number like them, about the resurrection of the righteous, it should not be hard now for us to believe the promises that the prophets have foretold as well—namely, that the righteous will shine as the sun … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf 026 with Father Michael Kerper

Father Michael Kerper grew up in Philadelphia, attended Catholic schools as a boy, and then studied politics and economics at La-Salle University, labor relations at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and moral theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Ordained in 1985 for the Diocese of Manchester, Father Kerper has worked as a parish priest throughout New Hampshire.Father Kerper and I discuss his book from Sophia Institute Press A Priest Answers 27 Questions Yo … [Read more...]

Angels rejoice at a new arrival; Angels: Day 330

St. Ambrose remembers holy men whose prayers ended wars on earth. When such a man is taken up to Heaven, he says, the angels rejoice to welcome him.Don’t we know that the saints are fighting even when they’re on holiday? Wasn’t Elisha at rest? Yes, at rest in body, but in spirit he was active, and he fought by his prayers when the noise of horses and the noise of a great host were heard in the camp of the Syrians, so that they thought that the forces of other princes were marching against the … [Read more...]