Angels

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

The Angel Who Ordered an Emergency Baptism

By |2020-01-01T01:35:15+00:00January 1st, 2020|

Do angels intervene in sacraments? We know from our earliest instructions in the faith that angels exist and are concerned about our welfare. Anyone who has learned the traditional Guardian Angel Prayer (“Angel of God”) knows that they are sent “to light, to guard, to rule and guide” us throughout life. (See the text of [...]

Does God Allow Souls in Purgatory to Visit the Living?

By |2019-11-04T01:18:47+00:00November 4th, 2019|

November is the month of All Souls. It is a yearly reminder of our obligation to pray for the souls who, as our doctrine teaches, are in a process of post-death purification. The souls in Purgatory have repented of their sins but haven’t yet atoned for them, and that is where we come in. As [...]

Queen of the Archangels

By |2019-09-29T00:26:27+00:00September 29th, 2019|

September concludes with the feast of those glorious spiritual beings that Christian Tradition acknowledges as the princes of the angelic world: the Archangels. The three named Archangels of Scripture are Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel, and each of those mighty servants of God are under command of a superior spiritual force: their captain, the Mother of [...]

Advent Lessons From an Old Testament Priest

By |2017-12-08T22:59:45+00:00December 8th, 2017|

The Scriptures in Advent present us with a number of excellent role models of faith, but the father of John the Baptist is not one of them. Zechariah, a priest of the Law of Moses, serves rather as a negative example, at least at the beginning of his intriguing story. The account of how he [...]

Angels – Mysterious Guardians of Body and Soul

By |2017-10-07T18:10:29+00:00October 7th, 2017|

Angels may have different meanings to different people, but I can assure you that they are not little chubby babies with wings. Neither are they lifeless doctrines or pious maternal presence that keep little children from falling off rickety bridges into running water. Angels are much more vital than that, and, quite frankly, I do [...]

The DNC’s Demonic Problem

By |2016-08-01T15:02:14+00:00August 1st, 2016|

By Peter Darcy In an era when personal choice and the right to privacy are touted as America’s most sacrosanct values, Ilyse Hogue, the President of the National Abortion Rights Action League (euphemistically called NARAL Pro-Choice America) used the broadest political platform in the country – the 2016 Democratic National Convention – to publicly celebrate [...]

Do Angels Have Wings?

By |2016-06-06T00:46:06+00:00June 6th, 2016|

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 [...]

Distinguishing Angels from Demons

By |2016-05-04T00:42:26+00:00May 4th, 2016|

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 [...]

The Priest and the Sinner in Extremis

By |2016-04-02T00:39:11+00:00April 2nd, 2016|

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 [...]

Trifling with Angels

By |2016-03-03T00:36:03+00:00March 3rd, 2016|

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 [...]