We’ll see what the angels see; Angels: Day 359

When  things go wrong in this life, says  St. Augustine, just remember what you’re preparing for. You’ll see God the way the angels see him.“And their heritage will abide forever” (Ps. 37:18).This we hold by faith. Does the Lord too know it by faith? No, the Lord knows those things in such a clear way that we will not be able to speak of it even when we are made equal to the angels. The things that will be clear to us will not be as clear to us as they are now to him who is incapable of c … [Read more...]

Are we there yet?; Angels: Day 358

No matter how far off the Day of Judgment may be, says St. Augustine, your own death is only a few years away at most. You need to prepare for that day, so that, when it comes, you will be among those who will be taken to rest until they are made equal to the angels.“Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look well at his place, he will not be there” (Ps. 37:10).How long does each person’s life last? Add any number of years you please; extend old age to its longest … [Read more...]

Your soul is a picture of the angelic life; Angels: Day 357

Arguing for the divinity of the Holy Spirit, St. Gregory of Nyssa says that you know from your own experience that the Spirit is divine. Your own soul is intellectual and invisible, like the angels, and like the angels you cannot come near to God except by the Holy Spirit’s help.Whoever agrees with us that the things above us are also ordered by the power of the Spirit with the Father and the Son has the support of clear evidence from his own life.The nature of man is compounded of body a … [Read more...]

Peace which passes angels’ understanding; Angles: Day 356

The peace of  God passes all understanding—not just human understanding, but angels’ as well, says St. Augustine.Right now, however great our understanding may be, we only see in part, and “through a glass darkly” (1 Cor. 13:12). But when we are equal to the angels of god, we will see face to face, as they do, and we will have peace toward them as great as they have toward us, because we will love them as much as they love us. And so their peace will be known to us. Our own peace will be like … [Read more...]

Keep the prayer of the angels in your heart; Angels: Day 355

Even when you’re just out shopping, says St. John Chrysostom, you can still be praising God with the heavenly hosts. True praise isn’t just the words you speak: it shows itself in how you live.What is the hymn of the heavenly beings? You, the faithful, know it. What do the Cherubim above say? What do the angels say? “Glory to God in the highest” (Isa. 6:3).This is why the hymns come after the psalm, because they are even more perfect. “With psalms, with hymns, with spiritual songs,” it sa … [Read more...]

Don’t drown out the angel choir; Angels: Day 354

St. John Chrysostom  looks around him in church, and all he sees are people talking about business and money. You’ve made the church no better than a barn, he says. Be quiet, and listen, and you’ll hear the choirs of angels.We say that Christ has done great things, having made angels out of human beings; then, when we are called on to give account, and asked to show a proof from this congregation, our mouths are stopped. I’m afraid that, instead of angels, I might bring out pigs as if this we … [Read more...]