Myriads of myriads; Angels: Day 013

Myriads of myriadsThe number of angels is simply unimaginable, says the speculative philosopher Dionysius the Areopagite. Only the angels themselves—and God, of course can understand how many angels there are.I believe this is also worth thinking about: the tradition of Scripture tells us that there are thousands of thousands of angels, and myriads of myriads. They multiply up to the very limits of our numbers—and beyond.This shows clearly that we could never count the ranks of the he … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Pillar and Bulwark

Review by Michele Craig“I do believe that Christ is calling all of His children home to the Church, but I also believe He does this according to His own schedule, His own timetable.  Conversion is always a work of grace, in which God opens our hearts and minds to His truth;  it is not merely an intellectual awakening to new information.”  So says one of the main characters, Father Bourque, in Marcus Grodi’s novel Pillar & Bulwark.Pillar & Bulwark is the second novel by Marcus Grod … [Read more...]

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How many kinds of angels are there?; Angels: Day 012

How many kinds of angels are there?We commonly mention nine kinds of angels, but Origen, the first great system- atic theologian of  Christianity,  speculates that there might be more orders we don’t know about. There may well be angels whose roles we can’t understand until we reach Heaven.In Holy Scripture, we find numerous names of certain orders and offices, not only of holy beings, but also of those of the opposite type. There are certain holy angels of God whom Paul calls minist … [Read more...]

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The orders of angels; Angels: Day 011

The orders of angelsSt. John of Damascus summarizes the teaching of Dionysius the Areopagite, who wrote a treatise in very difficult neo-Platonic language on the angelic pow- ers. Here we have the traditional names of the orders of angels, as gathered from the brief  mentions of heavenly powers in different places in Scripture.Dionysius the Areopagite—that  most holy, sacred, and gifted theolo- gian—says that all theology (meaning Holy Scripture) has nine different names for the heavenly … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Stephen P. White

Stephen P. White is a fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. His work focuses on the application of Catholic social teaching to contemporary political and cultural issues. His writing has appeared in outlets such as the National Review Online, Huffington Post, America Magazine, and The Catholic Herald (UK). He is a regular contributor at CatholicVote.org. Since 2005, he has been coordinator of an annual seminar on Catholic social thought in Krakow, Pola … [Read more...]

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How the Bible describes angels; Angels: Day 010

How the Bible describes angelsScripture, says Dionysius the Areopagite, uses symbolic imagery (in Ezekiel 1, for example) to describe the lives of the heavenly beings. They don’t have actual wheels, but the symbolic image fits their actual behavior and existence.But why does it talk about rivers? And  why  are wheels and chariots attached to the heavenly beings?The rivers of fire represent the ceaselessly flowing streams from God that nourish the productive powers of life. The chario … [Read more...]

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