If one wishes to get rid of the angels, one must radically revise Sacred Scripture itself, and with it the whole history of salvation.
~Pope John Paul II, General Audience: July 9th, 1986

Do Angels Have Wings?

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 6, 2016 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy Despite the common perception of angels as winged beings, there are no guardian angels or even archangels in Scripture that are directly described as having wings. They may well have some spiritual version of wings, but we are not told that they do. As a matter of fact, none of the seven “lower” orders of angels are…

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Distinguishing Angels from Demons

By Peter Darcy | On May 4, 2016 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy Years ago, during a foreign study program in Europe, I had occasion to meet people from numerous English-speaking countries, in what amounted to an education in the amazing diversity of English accents. In the program I met Englishmen, Scots, Irishmen, Welsh, and English-speakers from non-European countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. I admit with…

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The Priest and the Sinner in Extremis

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 2, 2016 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy In the 1920s automobiles were a relatively new and expensive technology but my grandfather owned one because he was a mechanic. That made him the “go-to” guy for his parish priest who didn’t own one. From time to time his pastor, a Belgian priest named Fr. Seion, would call my grandfather late at night to take him…

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Trifling with Angels

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 3, 2016 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy The reason we need powers of discernment is because the world is awash with spiritual charlatans, deceivers, and even well-meaning people who get drawn into the seductions of immensely powerful angelic minds. St. Paul says that these people are “following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that…

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Contemplating the Angels

By Peter Darcy | On Jan 15, 2016 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy In contemplating the holy angels, we are contemplating the brightest and most dazzling sparks of God’s divinity. Angels are not divine – they are creatures – but they are wondrous reflections of the divine, which is inexhaustible in its essence and the source of all Goodness, Beauty, and Truth. Their beauty causes us to ask, “If these…

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Demons in God’s Plan

By Peter Darcy | On Dec 2, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy God gave the gift of free will to both angels and men in order that the capacity for love would not be coerced but freely offered. No one can deny, however, that free beings of both angelic and human nature have used their freedom to reject God and harm God’s children. How are we to understand such…

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The Biblical Concept of Angels

By Peter Darcy | On Nov 7, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, who masquerade as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14). It is admittedly difficult for monotheistic believers to understand the logic of Paganism and Wicca with regard to angels because it is not logical at all. The lack…

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The Messenger of the End of Time

By Peter Darcy | On Oct 6, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy The Book of Revelation contains some of the most ravishing images of angels in the entire testimony of the Christian Church. Of the thousands of angels that appear in the final book of the Bible, the Messenger of the End of Time is one of the most riveting. I urge the reader to take some time to…

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The Three Flames of Divine Love

By Peter Darcy | On Sep 29, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy Every year on the 29th of September the Church commemorates the three angels whose names have been revealed to us in Scripture for our consolation: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. There is a fourth angel whose name is also revealed, Lucifer, but for a different reason: to warn us clearly about all his works and empty promises. When…

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Angelic Testing

By Peter Darcy | On Sep 3, 2015 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy We cannot fully know the exact content of the test that was given to the angels on the day they were created, but many bright minds have come up with some plausible theories about it over the centuries. As free beings, angels had to undergo a test of moral character, in order to prove whether or not…

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