Scott Hahn’s “Angels and Saints”: You Need This On Your Bookshelf

St Irenaeus

"The glory of God is man fully alive." It was St. Irenaeus of Lyons, early Church Father and apologist, who said those words, back in the second century.  This year, Irenaeus' words have inspired the Pontifical Council for the Family, as they plan for the  World Meeting of Families, which will take place in Philadelphia on September 22-27, 2015.    The triennial meeting has as its theme "Love Is Our Mission:  The Family Fully Alive."  And Archbishop Charles Chaput, archbishop of … [Read more...]

Angels in Paris: A Love Song

The Lighthouse Angel, spanning three stories of a bourgeois apartment residence erected in 1860

In Angels of Paris, author Rosemary Flannery reveals a cityscape filled with angels:  angels peeking out of dark corners, peering down from pillars and flagpoles, hanging effortlessly from the long wall of a government building.  I counted 170 of them but there may have been more, hidden in the folds of a young woman’s skirt, bowing before the duchess, flashing shy smiles from door knockers, park benches and flower pots. Flannery, in her new book Angels of Paris:  An Architectural Tour … [Read more...]

St. Raphael: An Angel with Many Hats?

On September 29, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the three Archangels who have been venerated throughout the history of the Church: Michael (from the Hebrew Who Is Like God?), who defends the friends of God against Satan and all his evil angels; Gabriel (the Power of God), chosen by the Creator to announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation; and Raphael (the Medicine of God or God Heals), the archangel who, in the book of Tobit, takes care of Tobias on his … [Read more...]


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