Angels

ANGELS: Angels Are Never Too Late by Martin Shannon

July 4, 2017

From: All God’s Angels When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.  He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.  Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.  But the angel of the Lord called out to him from Heaven, “Abraham!  Abraham! “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said.  “Do not do anything to him.  Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”  Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns.  He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of [...]

ANGELS: Entertaining Angels by Martin Shannon

June 27, 2017

From: All God’s Angels The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day.  He looked up and saw three men standing near him.  When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground.  He said, “My lord, if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant.  Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.  Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on – since you have come to your servant.”  So they said, “Do as you have said.”  And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three [...]

ANGELS: Searching For The Outcast by Martin Shannon

June 20, 2017

From: All God’s Angels So, after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian, her slave-girl, and gave her to her husband Abram as a wife.  He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked with contempt on her mistress.  Then Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done to me be on you!  I gave my slave-girl to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt.  May the Lord judge between you and me!”  But Abram said to Sarai, “Your slave-girl is in your power; do to her as you please.”  Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she ran away from her. The angel of the Lord found [...]

ANGELS: Servants Of Love by Martin Shannon

June 13, 2017

From: All God’s Angels Then the Lord God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” – therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken.  He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:22-24) According to the Book of Job, the angels – referred to as “the morning stars” and “the sons of God” – sang and shouted with joy when God laid the foundations of the Earth (Job 38:2-7).  This means that, [...]

POETRY: About Angels And About Trees by Mary Oliver

May 3, 2017

Where do angels fly in the firmament, and how many can dance on the head of a pin? Well, I don’t care about that pin dance, what I know is that they rest, sometimes, in the tops of the trees and you can see them, or almost see them, or, anyway, think: what a wonderful idea. I have lost as you and others have possibly lost a beloved one, and wonder, where are they now? The trees, anyway, are miraculous, full of angels (ideas); even empty they are a good place to look, to put the heart at rest—all those leaves breathing the air, so peaceful and diligent, and certainly ready to be the resting place of strange, winged creatures that we, in this world, have [...]

POETRY: St. Peter and the Angel by Denise Levertov

September 14, 2016

Delivered out of raw continual pain, smell of darkness, groans of those others to whom he was chained— unchained, and led past the sleepers, door after door silently opening— out! And along a long street’s majestic emptiness under the moon: one hand on the angel’s shoulder, one feeling the air before him, eyes open but fixed . . . . And not till he saw the angel had left him, alone and free to resume the ecstatic, dangerous, wearisome roads of what he had still to do, not till then did he recognize this was no dream. More frightening than arrest, than being chained to his warders: he could hear his own footsteps suddenly. Had the angel’s feet made any sound? He could not recall. No one had missed him, no one was in pursuit. He [...]

SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Lucifer—Soulless Evil

August 19, 2016

I’ve always thought of myself as the weirdest person on Earth. One of the reasons for that is how, when I began the study of evil from its soul-structure point-of-view, one of the first things I wondered was, If evil has to do with the soul, and Lucifer doesn’t have a soul because he’s an angel, is he really evil?  And if he is, what kind of evil is it? This question has been like a slowly drip of water at the very back of my brain ever since. In fact, whenever faced with another lesson on evil, I wondered where Lucifer was. Reading about Lucifer never helped me. Pride. Fall. Battle. Hell. Is one who battles God by definition evil? Isn’t evil something that affects human on Earth? If evil is only in the realm of [...]

MYSTICISM: The Throne Of Lucifer by John Ryan Haule

August 18, 2016

From The Ecstasies of St. Francis In the morning Brother Pacificus was caught up in ecstasy and saw a host of thrones in the sky; one, higher than all the others, was radiant with the glory and brilliance of all kinds of precious stones.  Admiring its splendor, he wondered what this throne was and for whom it was prepared.  Suddenly he heard a voice say to him: “This was Lucifer’s throne.  Blessed Francis will occupy it in his stead.” Pretending that nothing had happened, for he did not want to reveal his vision, he asked blessed Francis: “Brother, what do you think of yourself?”  “I think,” he answered, “that I am the greatest of sinners.”  Immediately Brother Pacificus heard [...]

POETRY: Lucifer In Starlight by George Meredith

August 17, 2016

On a starr’d night Prince Lucifer uprose. Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend Above the rolling ball in cloud part screen’d, Where sinners hugg’d their spectre of repose. Poor prey to his hot fit of pride were those. And now upon his western wing he lean’d, Now his huge bulk o’er Afric’s sands careen’d, Now the black planet shadow’d Arctic snows. Soaring through wider zones that prick’d his scars With memory of the old revolt from Awe, He reach’d a middle height, and at the stars, Which are the brain of heaven, he look’d, and sank. Around the ancient track march’d, rank on rank, The army of unalterable [...]

POETRY: Lucifer In The Train by Adrienne Rich

August 17, 2016

Riding the black express from heaven to hell He bit his fingers, watched the countryside, Vernal and crystalline, forever slide Beyond his gaze: the long cascades that fell Ribboned in sunshine from their sparkling height, The fishers fastened to their pools of green By silver lines; the birds in sudden flight— All things the diabolic eye had seen Since heaven’s cockcrow. Imperceptibly That landscape altered: now in paler air Tree, hill and rock stood out resigned, severe, Beside the strangled field, the stream run dry. Lucifer, we are yours who stiff and mute Ride out of worlds we shall not see again, And watch from windows of a smoking train The ashen prairies of the absolute. Once out of heaven, to an angel’s eye Where is the [...]

POETRY: The Fall Of Lucifer from Piers Plowman

August 16, 2016

Lucifer with his legions · learned it in Heaven, But because he obeyed not · his bliss he did lose, And fell from that fellowship · in a fiend’s likeness Into a deep dark hell · to dwell there for ever; And more thousands with him · than man could number Leapt out with Lucifer · in loathly form: For they believed in him · that lied in this manner— Ponam pedem in alquilone, et similis ero altissimo. And all that hoped it might be so · no Heaven might hold them; They fell out in fiend’s likeness · nine days together, Till God of his goodness · steadied and stayed Made the heavens to be shut · and stand so in quiet. When these wicked went out · wonderwise they fell; Some in air, some in earth · and some in deep [...]

PRAYER: Prayer For Defeat Of The Luciferian New World Order

August 15, 2016

Author unknown Almighty Alpha-Omega, Most High I-Am, Great Spirit, Creator of Love and Light, we pray not as beggars, but as sons and daughters to your majesty. You have gifted to us free will. We pray for wisdom, that we will use our free will righteously and courageously towards protecting the weak, and pulling down the wicked oppressors who in vain presume to judge others by choosing what groups will live and what groups will die. They think they are fit to rule the world. They call themselves elite. They plot the death of your children, Oh Lord. They mock the Lord God. They are empowered by fallen angels. Lord, in Christ’s name we pray for protection against fell demons and their vile followers. We pray for guidance, Lord. Help [...]

FALLEN ANGELS: Our Other Side by Harold Bloom

August 11, 2016

From Fallen Angels We want demons and devils to entertain us, at rather a safe distance, and angels to comfort or look after us, again at a safe remove.  But fallen angels can be uncomfortably close, since they are ourselves, in whole and in part.  Our Frankenstein movies have given us a famous monster who simply does not exist as such in Mary Shelley’s Romantic novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus.  In that book, Frankenstein is the Promethean scientist who creates not a monster, but a daemon, who makes a remarkable appeal to his morally obtuse maker: “Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other, and trample upon me alone, to whom thy justice, and even thy clemency, and affection, is most due.  Remember [...]

POETRY: The Angel With The Broken Wing by Dana Gioia

August 10, 2016

I am the Angel with the Broken Wing, The one large statue in this quiet room. The staff finds me too fierce, and so they shut Faith’s ardor in this air-conditioned tomb. The docents praise my elegant design Above the chatter of the gallery. Perhaps I am a masterpiece of sorts— The perfect emblem of futility. Mendoza carved me for a country church. (His name’s forgotten now except by me.) I stood beside a gilded altar where The hopeless offered God their misery. I heard their women whispering at my feet— Prayers for the lost, the dying, and the dead. Their candles stretched my shadow up the wall, And I became the hunger that they fed. I broke my left wing in the Revolution (Even a saint can savor irony) When troops were sent to [...]

SPIRITUAL WARFARE: The Fallen Angels by Ignatius Brianchaninov

August 9, 2016

From Eternal Mysteries Beyond the Grave The evil spirits are fallen angels.  God created them along with the other angels, and at first they all were pure, good, and holy, and generously endowed with many gifts, both natural and given by the grace of God.  But some of the angelic spirits became darkened by pride and began to attribute their profusion of various gifts, their excellent qualities, and even the gifts of grace to themselves.  They no longer considered themselves created beings.  Instead, they began to think of themselves as self-sufficient, and forgot that they had been made by God.  Such was the disastrous cause of their disregard of their sacred obligations to God their Creator.  Among the most eminent angels, there was [...]

DEMONS: How Angels Fell by Vinita Hampton Wright

August 9, 2016

From A Catalogue of Angels I watched Satan fall from Heaven like a flash of lightning.  See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. (Luke 10:18-19) No matter which holy text, legend, or theory you believe, all versions of the angels’ fall have one thing in common: the angels’ relationship to human beings.  The Christian story is possibly the most kind, in terms of the beginning of the strife.  The first we hear of the devil, or Satan, he is in the form of a serpent in the Garden of Eden, convincing Eve that all is not as God says it is.  We get hints of the devil’s beginning – Satan had once been an angel – in one or two [...]

FALLEN ANGELS: A War In Heaven by David Albert Jones

August 8, 2016

From Angels: A History Now war arose in Heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven.  And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world – he was thrown down to the Earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  And I heard a loud voice in Heaven, saying, “Now the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. Rejoice then, O Heaven and you that dwell there!  But woe to you, O Earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is [...]

PRAYER: Fallen Angel’s Prayer 

August 8, 2016

Author unknown Lord, may I go back to being an instrument of your peace. Where there is loathing in me, fill me with devotion. Where there is accusation in me, fill me with forgiveness. Where there is discord in me, fill me with harmony. Where there is doubt in me, fill me with faith. Where there is error in me, fill me with truth. Where there is despair in me, fill me with hope. Where there is sadness in me, fill me with joy. Where there is darkness in me, fill me with light. Lord, help me to console the wounds I have caused. Help me to understand the consequences of my pride and ignorance. Teach me to sow love where I have planted hate. And in this way make me worthy to return to the bosom of your Holy Spirit. Amen. [...]

ANGELS: The Grave Angel by John-Ray Johnson

August 6, 2016

From Angelic Healing I got kicked out of high school for good when I was almost eighteen for gambling.  The fact is I had my own private casino in my school locker – portable roulette wheel, cards, dice, and all.  I used to get a group together and we’d go out behind the school, cutting classes, and shoot craps or roll the wheel or even play a hand or two of poker.  I was crazy about gambling, and I was pretty good at it.  When I wasn’t so good I’d cheat.  Either way, I made money.  I suppose it would seem really penny-ante today, but in 1966, $100 in a week’s time for doing very little seemed pretty attractive. Of course I didn’t get much out of school – when I showed up.  The reason for that [...]

HEALING: Singing The Soul

August 5, 2016

The world says that I am wrong about this. But I know I’m not. In the world of Earth there are people without souls. It’s not that impossible. There are people without legs. People without eyes. I even heard of a baby born without a brain. And there are people without anger. Or emotion altogether. So it is not, if you think about it, impossible that there are people without souls. But the world, in general, is very protective about this concept. Everyone must have one, because everyone, inherently, is good.  And in order to be good, you have to have a soul. Ergo. But not everyone has a soul. Not everyone is inherently good. Because if you don’t have a soul, you have little ability to be good. The soul is your path in [...]

ANGELS: On The Nine Ranks Of Angels by John A. Peck

August 4, 2016

From The Preachers Institute The nine orders of the angels are divided into three hierarchies, each of which is divided into three orders: the highest, the intermediate, the lower. The first hierarch, the highest and closest to the Most Holy Trinity, consists of: Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones The God-loving six-winged SERAPHIM stand closer than all before their Creator and Maker, as the prophet Isaiah saw, saying: And the seraphim stood around him, each having six wings. (Isaiah 6:2) They are fire-like since they stand before That One of Whom it is written: For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29) His throne was a flame of fire. (Daniel 7:9) The appearance of the Lord was like a blazing fire. (Exodus 24:17) Standing before such [...]

ANGELS: Angels as Messengers by David Albert Jones

August 4, 2016

From Angels: A History The word angel (malach) is simply the ordinary Hebrew word for a messenger.  The same is true in Arabic and in Greek.  It is the Greek word angelos that is the source for the English word, angel.  Philosophers such as Ibn Sina, Moses Maimonides, and Thomas Aquinas were interested in what angels were made of, or what they were not made of.  Thomas understood angels essentially as pure intellects, minds without bodies.  This is in contrast to human beings, who are, as it were, common, composed of spirit and body. (Creed of Lateran IV)  However, the tradition of angels does not begin with this question of what they are made of.  It begins with an encounter, with the coming of angels as messengers. [...]

POETRY: Gabriel’s News by Hafez

August 3, 2016

Come, come, this Pantheon of desire is set On wobbly stones. Bring some wine, For the joists of life are laid on the winds. The man who can walk beneath the blue wheeling Heavens and keep his clothes free of the dark Of attachment–I’ll agree to be the slave of his high will. What can I tell you? Last night at the tavern, when I was drunk and ruined, what glad news Did Gabriel bring from the invisible world? Your perch is on the lote tree in Paradise, Oh, wide-seeking hawk, what are you doing  Crouching in this mop closet of calamity? People on the battlements of Heaven are Blowing the whistle to bring you back. How does it happen that you tripped the noose? I’ll give you this advice: Please learn it And practice it well. [...]

POETRY: The Annunciation by Edwin Muir

August 3, 2016

The angel and the girl are met. Earth was the only meeting place. For the embodied never yet Traveled beyond the shore of space. The eternal spirits in freedom go. See, they have come together, see, While the destroying minutes flow, Each reflects the other’s face Till Heaven in hers and Earth in his Shine steady there. He’s come to her From far beyond the farthest star, Feathered through time. Immediacy Of strangest strangeness is the bliss That from their limbs all movement takes. Yet the increasing rapture brings So great a wonder that it makes Each feather tremble on his wings. Outside the window footsteps fall Into the ordinary day And with the sun along the wall Pursue their unreturning way That was ordained in eternity. [...]

ANGELS: How To Recognize Archangel Gabriel by Whitney Hopler

August 2, 2016

From the website About Religion Archangel Gabriel is known as the angel of revelation because God often chooses Gabriel to deliver important messages to people. If the angel Gabriel visits you, you can be sure that God has a significant message for you. Here are some signs of Gabriel’s presence: Guidance for the Future When you get sudden insights that give you valuable guidance for the future, Gabriel may be delivering those insights to you. As the angel of water, one of Gabriel’s specialties is sending clarity, and this great angel may send you clear insights about how to make the best decisions about your future – those that will help you fulfill God’s purpose for your life – especially after you pray for [...]

ANGELS: Gabriel The Herald by David Albert Jones

August 1, 2016

From Angels: A History In general, in the Hebrew scriptures, when an angel speaks, the angel becomes transparent, as it were.  The voice of the angel is the voice of the one who sends the angel, and the personality of the angel itself is not visible.  It was only in late books such as Daniel that angels were given names.  According to the book of Daniel, Gabriel is a figure having the appearance of a man who explains the meaning of Daniels’ vision.  He comes in swift flight to give Daniel knowledge and understanding.  The name Gabriel means mighty man of God (from the Hebrew Gabar, mighty) and has the connotation of a ruler or warrior. The Archangel Gabriel is a popular figure who pops up in several other Jewish books [...]

PRAYER: Archangel Gabriel Prayer

August 1, 2016

Author unknown Saint Gabriel the Archangel, I venerate you as the Angel of the Incarnation, because God has specially appointed you to bear the messages concerning the Savior of the world to Daniel, Zechariah, and the Virgin Mary. I venerate you also as the “strength from God,” because you are the giver of God’s strength, consoler, and comforter chosen to strengthen God’s faithful and to teach them important truths. I ask for the grace of a special power of the will to strive for holiness of life. Steady my resolutions, renew my courage, comfort and console me in my problems, trials, and sufferings of daily living, as you consoled our Savior in his agony, Mary in her sorrows, and Joseph in his trials. I put my confidence in you. [...]

HOMILY: Towards Holiness by Josemaría Escrivá

July 31, 2016

We are deeply moved, and our hearts profoundly shaken, when we listen attentively to that cry of Saint Paul: This is God’s will for you, your sanctification.  Today, once again, I set myself this goal and I also remind you and all mankind: this is God’s will for us, that we be saints. In order to bring peace, genuine peace, to souls; in order to transform the Earth and to seek God, our Lord, in the world and through the things of the world, personal sanctity is indispensable.  In my conversations with people from so many countries and from all kinds of social backgrounds, I am often asked: What do you say to us married folk?  To those of us who work on the land?  To widows?  To young people? I reply systematically that I [...]

ANGELS: Saint Josemaría And The Guardian Angels by Alvaro del Portillo

July 30, 2016

From the website Saint Josemaría Escrivá Opus Dei was founded in 1928 on October 2 – the feast of the Guardian Angels. Saint Josemaría’s devotion to the guardian angels, whom he saw as celestial protectors and messengers, went back to his childhood. Here Bishop Alvaro del Portillo recalls some aspects of this devotion. The Father learned from his parents to have recourse to his guardian angel. Then later on, as a seminarian, he read in a book by one of the Fathers of the church that, in addition to a guardian angel, priests have a ministerial Archangel as well; and so, from the day of his ordination to the priesthood, he turned to this archangel with great simplicity and confidence. In fact, he said he felt certain that even if [...]

ANGELS: Dynastic Return To The Old Faith by Willibald Sauderländer

July 28, 2016

From The Catholic Rubens: Saints and Martyrs The Archangel Michael Altar for Duke Wilhelm of Pfalz-Neuburg A vehement and stormy altarpiece demonstrates how Peter Paul Rubens contributed his furia del pennello [brush fury] to the confessional struggles surging through Bavaria before and during the Thirty Years War.  At issue in this case was the reconversion of the collateral line of the Wittelsbach family in Pfalz-Neuburg, who had fallen away from the old faith.  When Wolfgang Wilhelm, the eldest son of the rigidly Lutheran count palatine Philipp Ludwig, reconverted to Roman Catholicism in order to marry a sister of Duke Maximilian of Bavaria in 1613, the Jesuits appeared in Neuburg that same year as confessors and preachers. [...]