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Angels and Demons
Before the creation of the material universe God created the angels, billions of them. All at once they came into existence. One moment they were not, the next moment they were. Imagine that! Imagine being fully cognizant of yourself and your fellow celestial spirits all at once. Awesome, is it not? All of your knowledge of everything around you and your Almighty Creator, one God in Three Persons, was infused at your creation. You were a child of God from the start, gifted with the infused virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity; and all that you had to do to see God face to face forever was to love Him and obey Him.
The angels have no body; they are pure spirits, unmixed with matter. They have no need of a language for they communicate directly by one intellect engaging another, thought to thought, concept to concept. What tremendous minds they have! They see all the effects directly and immediately in their causes, all the conclusions in the premises. Therefore, they have no need to reason as we do. Philosophers call their intellectual activity “intuition.” They intuit, rather than think. They see the truth of things directly, so it is not possible for an angel to make an erroneous judgment. They do not know everything, of course. They can be ignorant. But they can never be wrong about what they do know.
Angels also have a will. It is their intellect and will, and sanctifying grace, that makes them the image and likeness of God. Because the angels have a free will, they could chose in their trial state to obey or disobey God. Did they receive a specific command from God, like Adam and Eve? Yes. They were commanded to adore God’s Son in a nature inferior to their own, the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. Before it came about, God revealed to all the angels the creation of man and the Incarnation to come. And, the mother of this God-man would be their Queen.
The good angels joyfully obeyed and were taken in to the beatific vision of the Blessed Trinity, whom they had known before only by Faith. The tradition is that two-thirds of the angels obeyed God. The one third that refused, and chose to follow the rebellious Lucifer, were cast into hell. Some of these demons are allowed to take their hell with them and roam the earth where they can tempt men. So, too, the more powerful, good angels, take their heaven with them, and roam the earth doing good to men. A guardian angel is assigned by God to every man at birth.
There is no aspect of Catholic theology more compelling to non-Catholics than the existence of Angels. Oh, where does one begin? Movies? It’s A Wonderful Life, Here Comes Mr. Jordan! (and its sequels and remakes), Gabriel Over the White House, and the odious Michael come to mind among a horde. Music? Innumerable Christmas carols and I have a Dream. Popular books? At this writing Amazon … More →
It has been over six months since the Newtown, Connecticut massacre took place. It was on December 14, 2012 that Adam Lanza, a twenty year old disgruntled and deeply troubled young man, shot and murdered 26 people, including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Adam Lanza was responsible for what has been described as the worst killing of young children in our nation’s history. … More →
The piece that I just posted — The Demonic — would have been much longer had I not been forced to shorten it for very good reasons. These few follow-up thoughts might be considered “leftovers” from that piece. First, I would like to recommend the prayers of the Auxilium Christianorum association to our readers. Anyone who believes he is experiencing extraordinary demonic activity might seek … More →
Campus Notes: Hundreds of students at Cabrini College just outside Philadelphia had their fortunes told at “Psychic Night” earlier this month, according to the student newspaper The Loquitur. More on this here.
CNA reports: Pope Benedict XVI used his Sunday Angelus address to remind Christians to call upon their guardian angel for help throughout life. “Dear friends, the Lord is always near and active in human history, and follows us with the unique presence of His angels, that today the Church venerates as ‘Guardian,’ in other words those who minister God’s care for every man,” the Pope … More →
Yes, that is my opinion and also the opinion of many of the fathers of the Church. As far as I know, among the doctors, only Saint Thomas argued against Saint Michael being a seraph. The Prince of the heavenly hosts is not only in the highest angelic choir, but he is also, along with Gabriel and Raphael, one of the seven who stand before … More →
Servant and Steward: His Excellency the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois, has authorized the public recitation of the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel – originally composed by the Holy Father Pope Leo XIII in 1886 - following the dismissal at the end of Mass and before the recession. Read more here.
After reading about another horrific killing of school children, this time in Brazil, by a deranged gunmen, who is so blind as to deny that the spread of satanism through movies, books, and “music” is one of the immediate causes. CNA reports: A society dominated by moral relativism “fosters the spread of Satanism,” an expert recently explained. Carlo Climati told CNA on April 5 that … More →
Father Bill Kneemiller has an informative article in the Davenport diocesan newspaper on the dangers of the many faces of the New Age movement. He speaks from personal experience. The first step he took in the wrong direction of Hindu and Buddhist practices was the so-called “technique” of yoga. “The topic of New Age movements, once a budding campus phenomenon, is now mainstream and as … More →
Here’s a clip of Father’s interview with CNA : “One of the purposes of the book,” he noted, “was to take back the proper understanding of exorcism by placing it squarely in the context of the Church’s pastoral ministry.” In regard to the need for this pastoral ministry, Fr. Euteneuer asserted that “priests are going to be inundated in the next decade or so at … More →
In my previous postings of questions about the angels I answered whether or not the existence of angels could be known from human reason or only from revelation. A few months ago I answered questions about the guardian angels. In this installment I discuss the nature of angels and their creation. This subject requires some knowledge of both philosophy and theology, so please bear with … More →
Susan Brinkmann of Women of Grace website reports: A long-time video gamer and devout Catholic is sounding the alarm about a new breed of satanically-themed video games that target God and the Catholic Church, invite players to make pacts with the devil, and elevate Satan to hero status. Read full article here.
I promised last September that I would post answers to questions I received from a high school student about the angels. It’s been over four months now since I have done that. My apologies to anyone who was waiting for the next entry. Does every human being have a guardian angel? Yes, every human being, whoever was, is, or will be, has a guardian angel.