Immortally mortal and mortally immortal, Angels: Day 030

Immortally mortal and mortally immortalBoth human beings and angels are mortal in a certain sense, says St. Gregory the Great. They can cease to be what they are now. But neither one can cease to be altogether.Now either a human soul or an angelic spirit is immortal in such a way that it is capable of dying. And it is mortal in such a way that it can never die.It is deprived of living  happily either  by sin or by punishment. But it never loses its essential property of living, ei … [Read more...]

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The armies of God, Angels: Day 021

The armies of GodThe angels are God’s armies, says St. Gregory the Great, because they are at war with  the fallen angels. And those of  us who  free ourselves from earthly concerns join that heavenly army and share the victory with the angels.“Is there any number to his armies? Upon whom does his light not arise?” ( Job 25:3).We rightly call the angelic spirits the armies of God, because we are aware that they are at war against the powers of the air. They carry on these conflicts, h … [Read more...]

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Angels never lose the vision of God, Angels: Day 020

Angels never lose the vision of GodAngels are limited in place: they cannot be everywhere at once. So when they are sent to us, how do they still behold the face of the Father? St. Gregory the Great answers that they keep the vision of God before them in contemplation.Well, now we’re adding one question to another. When we try to un- tangle the loop, we’re only tying a knot. How can the angels either always be in the presence of the Father, or always behold his face, if they are sent on t … [Read more...]

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Angels are unchangeable because they love God; Angels: Day 017

Angels are unchangeable because they love GodThe nature of  angels is changeable, says St. Gregory the Great. But the good angels are unchangeably good, because they are bound by love to their unchange- able Creator.“Even in his servants he puts no trust, and his angels he charges with error; how much more those who dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, who are crushed before the moth” ( Job 4:18-19).Although the angelic nature remains unchangeable in its own state … [Read more...]

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We’re part stone, part angel; Angels: Day 005

We're part stone, part angelA human being, says  St. Gregory the Great, is in a way a representation of  the whole universe. We have something in common with everything God created, from rocks to angels.Everything that exists falls into one of these classes:It exists, but does not live. It exists and lives, but does not feel. It exists and lives and feels, but does not understand or choose. It exists and lives and feels and understands and chooses.Stones exist, but they do … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 346: St. Gregory the Great urges us to pray for the straying

Pray for the strayingSt. Gregory the Great urges his congregation not to fall into the trap of the Manichean heresy. But he also urges them to pray for the heretics. We should pray constantly that all who have strayed will be brought back to the Lord.We deplore the blasphemy of those who deny that Christ was truly hu­man—about whom the blessed Apostle John forewarned us in a crystal-clear say­ing: “every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every … [Read more...]

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