Skip to comments."Twelve things to know about angels"
Posted on 09/29/2012 1:56:00 PM PDT by NYer
As today is the Feast of of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels, here is a popular post years I am "recycling" for those who missed it before. It is an excerpt from Angels (and Demons): What Do We Really About Them? (Ignatius Press; 2004, sixth printing) by Peter Kreeft:
The Twelve Most Important Things to Know About Them
1. They really exist. Not just in our minds, or our myths, or our symbols, or our culture. They are as real as your dog, or your sister, or electricity.
2. Theyre present, right here, right now, right next to you, reading these words with you.
3. Theyre not cute, cuddly, comfortable, chummy, or cool. They are fearsome and formidable. They are huge. They are warriors.
4. They are the real extra-terrestrials, the real Super-men, the ultimate aliens. Their powers are far beyond those of all fictional creatures.
5. They are more brilliant minds than Einstein.
6. They can literally move the heavens and the earth if God permits them.
7. There are also evil angels, fallen angels, demons, or devils. These too are not myths. Demon possessions, and exorcisms, are real.
8. Angels are aware of you, even though you cant usually see or hear them. But you can communicate with them. You can talk to them without even speaking.
9. You really do have your very own guardian angel. Everybody does.
10. Angels often come disguised. Do not neglect hospitality, for some have entertained angels unawaresthats a warning from lifes oldest and best instruction manual.
11. We are on a protected part of a great battlefield between angels and devils, extending to eternity.
12. Angels are sentinels standing at the crossroads where life meets death. They work especially at moments of crisis, at the brink of disasterfor bodies, for souls, and for nations.
Why do people think it's stupid to believe in angels?
One reason is a mistake about themselves: the failure to distinguish between (1) sense perception or imagination (which is a kind of inner sensing) and (2) reason, or intelligence, or understanding. We don't see pure spirits, and we can't imagine them. That doesn't mean we can't know or understand them. We can see and imagine the difference between a five-sided figure (a pentagon) and a six-sided figure (a hexagon), and we can also intellectually understand that difference. We cannot, however, sense or imagine the difference between a 105-sided figure and a 106-sided figure. Both look to us simply like circles. But we can understand the difference and even measure it exactly. So we can understand some things we can't see. We can't see qualities like good and evil either. What color or shape or size is evil? Yet we can understand them. We can imagine our brains, but not our minds, our personalities. But we can know them.
Many who deny angels deny or are uaware of the spiritual half of themselves. Angels are a touchstone of "know thyself". So are animals.
Aren't angels irrelevant today? This is the age of man, isn't it?
Yes, this is the age of man, of self-consciousness, of psychology. And therefore it is crucial to "know thyself" accurately today. The major heresies of our day are not about God but about man.
The two most destructive of these heresiesand the two most popularare angelism, confusing man with an angel by denying his likeness to animals, and animalism, confusing man with an animal by denying his likeness to angels.
Man is the only being that is both angel and animal, both spirit and body. He is the lowest spirit and the highest body, the stupidest angel and the smartest animal, the low point of the hierarchy of minds and the high point of the hierarchy of bodies.
More accurately stated, man is not both angel and animal because he is neither angel nor animal; he is between angels and animals, a unique rung on the cosmic ladder.
But whichever way you say it, man must know angels to know himself, just as he must know animals to know himself, for he must know what he is, and he must know what he is not.
A free 80-minute lecture,"Aquinas and the Angels," by Peter Kreeft can be accessed here.
Perhaps this explains how I was able to drive from Houston to Austin today without my driver’s side windshield wiper working during the rain. Thanks, angels.
Pretty thin gruel there, NYer... thoughts without support, largely.
I think the biggest misstake about angels is the assumption that human souls become angels. There is no reason to believe that is the case (although, again scripture doesn't totally preclude it).
Angels are the messengers, servants, and warriors of God, that is about all we know.
Support? The author presumes the reader is familiar with scripture; hence the lack of references. But, to thicken the gruel ... here are some resources.
Angels appear in the Bible from the beginning to the end, from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation. The Bible is our best source of knowledge about angels - for example, Psalms 91:11, Matthew 18:10 and Acts 12:15 indicate humans have guardian angels.
Read More - Angels in the Bible
On the contrary ... see my post #6.
Greatest single book on angels ever written (with plenty of scriptural support):
Most modern day beliefs about angels (like that demons are fallen angels) comes from the Book of Enoch, not the Bible.
I thought the sentiments were beautiful.
Psalms 91:11 is the only one of those that suggests anything approaching guardian angels being assigned to each person. And that is a short quip of a song that we must assume is a bit less than literal, as I have never met a Christian that never stubbed their toe.
interesting! thanks !
After reading i know exactly the same about angels as i did before, very little
If God wanted us to know more, he’d tell us. Maybe we aren’t able to handle more and this is God’s way to protect us.
The Archangel Gabriel appearing to Mary, Luke 1: 26 and onward.
The Archangel Michael in the book of Revelation
The Archangel Raphael in the book of Tobit.
The three angels that visit Abraham.
You meet many angels each and every day, in disguise. How do you treat others?
"Twelve things to know about angels"
Thinking through angel time (the aeon) in an orderly fashion
Catholic Catechism on the Angels
ANGELS: Their Meaning for Our World
Returning Angel [Michael Voris video]
Papal Visit to Portugal: Apparitions of the Angel
St Gemma Galgani and her Guardian Angel [Catholic Caucus]
God Sends His Angels to Watch Over and Guide Us
Angels, Part 3
Angels, Part 2
Angels, Part 1
Angels Among Us Today
God Created the Angels as Individual, Immortal Spirits with Intelligence and Free Will
The Angels in Sacred Scripture
Angels in the History of the Church
Angels - in Heaven, on Earth and in Hell
Catholic Q&A: Angels and Demons (Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer)
GOD AND THE ANGELS
Question: Are there really such things as guardian angels?
Archangels and Guardian Angels
Angels are Awesome. But Please, Lets Have a More Biblical Understanding of the Them
Quis resistet Sancti Michaelis gladio? [on St. Michael the Archangel]
The Archangels - Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (from a homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great)
Listst Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 9 Choirs of Angels
Angels bring us great help and consolation, Pope Benedict reminds
Who Is Like Unto God? (Fr. Euteneuer on Holy Michael the Archangel)
The Archangel Raphael
The Archangels and the Oceans
Explanation of the Prayer of Saint Michael [Father Robert J. Altier]
Act of Consecration to St Michael the Archangel (for the Feast of St Michael, September 29)
St. Gabriel Archangel
Feast Day of Michael,Gabriel and Raphael[Michael's Battle With The Dragon]
Saint Michael The Archangel
THE THREE ARCHANGELS: [St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael]
Feast of St. Michael the Archangel
St. Gabriel Archangel
Who woulda thunk it?
Characteristics and Duties
The word angel (in Hebrew (singular/plural), malak/malakim; in Greek, aggelos/aggelois) means messenger or one who is deputed. Angels are pure spiritual and immortal beings created by God in the beginning (Gen. 1:1), who glorify God without ceasing (Rev. 4:8) and help carry out Gods plan of salvation of the human family (Heb. 1:14). The angels, like humans, have intelligence, will and emotion (Luke 2:10; 15:10). Angels can see God (Matt. 18:10), are called sons of God (Job 1:6; 38:7) and are ministers of Gods will (Psalm 103:20; Matt. 4:1; 13:49; 26:53). While the angels are spirits, they can assume bodily form (John 20:12; Heb. 13:2; Acts 6:15). Angels also have their own language (1 Cor. 13:1). There is a prodigious number of angels (Luke 2:13; Heb. 12:22; Rev. 5:11; Dan. 7:10; Psalm 67:18).
Who woulda thunk it?
The Nine Choirs of Angels
Scripture reveals that God created nine choirs of angels (or three hierarchies of three choirs each, which reflect the Blessed Trinity):
If God wanted us to know more, hed tell us. Maybe we arent able to handle more and this is Gods way to protect us.
Well starting with the “big three”, Michael, Gabrial, and Raphel, the Bible does speak in references often about angels.
Daniel also covers the Archangel Michael.
Hebrews does says we may be serving angels without our knowing or something to that effect.
Kreeft is much better writing about Christian philosophy than theology.