We dig our own ditch, Angels: Day 245

When the rich man in Christ’s parable begs that Lazarus  give him just a little water, Abraham tells him that there’s a great chasm between the righteous and the sinners. What does that mean? asks St. Asterius of Amasea. That the na- ture of our lives creates a vast separation between the righteous and unrighteous.It is also worthwhile to examine intelligently how each of these men when dead was carried forth. The poor man, when he fell asleep, had angels as his guards and attendants who carr … [Read more...]

Taste and see, Angels: Day 244

The holy angels drink from the sweetness of God, says St. Ambrose—but  the sweetness is hidden from you as long as you are captive to sin. As soon as all your hope is placed in the Lord, you taste what the angels taste.With good reason, then, is the sweetness of God hidden to you. The law placed in your members, resisting the law of your mind, brings you into captivity. The holy angels drink from that sweetness, but it is hidden from you. You cannot drink and taste that sweetness, because you … [Read more...]

Unlike angels, sometimes we’re wrong, Angels: Day 243

St. Augustine points out that St. Cyprian was wrong about some things—but he was wrong in the right way. It is angelic to refrain from judging those who have different opinions on obscure things, but the presumption of  the devil to divide the Church over those differences.It often happens that something is imperfectly revealed to the more learned, so that their patient and humble charity, from which comes the greater fruit, may be proved—either in the way in which they preserve unity when th … [Read more...]

Show the world how angels live, Angels: Day 242

If  we live the angelic life here on earth, says St. John Chrysostom, that will be our most powerful tool for evangelism. The people around us will see what the kingdom of Heaven looks like, and they’ll want to be part of it.Let’s show them all a new kind of life. Let’s make earth into Heaven, and by doing it show the Greeks what great blessings they’re missing.When they see how we treat each other, they’ll be looking at the very face of the kingdom of Heaven. Then they’ll say, “If the Ch … [Read more...]

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...]