Friendship makes angels rejoice and lulls demons Angels: Day 241

St. John Chrysostom compares friendship to the music of a harp or orchestra, where different notes produce a single harmony.This is a wonderful thing to see: many in one, and one in many—just as the sounds are different in a harp, but the harmony is one, and all together they make one harmony and symphonyBut the musician is the power of love. This is what plays the sweet melody, singing a song in which no note is out of tune. The angels rejoice at it, and the Lord, the God of angels. The … [Read more...]

Good people are worth more than bad angels, Angels: Day 240

Just as you’d rather have gold than fleas, even though fleas are higher on the scale of creation than gold, it’s far better to be a good person than a bad angel, says St. Augustine.Among existing beings that are not of God the Creator’s essence, those that have life are ranked above those that have none; those that have the power of generation, or even of desiring, above those that lack it. And, among things that have life, those that feel are higher than those that have no feeling, as anima … [Read more...]

Good deeds are like angels protecting us; Angels: Day 239

Angels protecting Lot struck the men who would attack him blind, so that they could not find their way into his house. This, says St. Gregory the Great, is a good metaphor for the good deeds of  the righteous, which strike their enemies blind so that they cannot find an opening of wickedness anywhere.“They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope at noonday as in the night” ( Job 5:14).The day of good deeds shines outwardly in a neighbor, but they “grope as in the night,” because inwa … [Read more...]

Suffer a little while, be with the angels forever; Angels: Day 238

The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter, says St. Cyril of Jerusalem, because he does exactly that. How can the martyrs face horrible tortures without blinking? Because the Spirit has whispered in their ears, reminding them that they will soon be with the angels.And the Spirit is called the Comforter, because he comforts us, and encourages us.Often a man is outraged, dishonored, and hurt for Christ’s sake. Tortures on every side—fire and sword—savage beasts—the deep pit. But the Holy Spir … [Read more...]

No one can hurt you; Angels: Day 237

If  you’re a Christian,  says  St. John Chrysostom,  no one can really hurt you—not  even the devil himself. But more than that, you can’t hurt anyone else.Listen to me! I testify, and proclaim with a loud voice, more piercing even than the sound of a trumpet—and if it were possible to rise up on high and cry aloud, I would not shrink from doing it—no one of all the human beings that inhabit the earth has the power to hurt a Christian.And why do I say human beings? Not even the evil spiri … [Read more...]

Sickness may be your angel in the way; Angels: Day 236

In the Bible’s  most famous talking-animal story, Balaam is riding to curse Israel, but his ass sees an angel in the way, though Balaam doesn’t. Sickness, says St. Gregory the Great, may be your angel in the way, stopping you from sinning and turning your mind back to God.Remind the sick to think about how great health of the heart is in bodily suffering, which brings the mind back to knowing itself, and renews the memory of infirmity, which health for the most part throws away—so that the st … [Read more...]