Today is a twofold celebration for the blog.
The Catechism explicitly explains, with some brevity, the Catholic belief of angelic theology. CCC nos. 328-354 deal with angels. CCC 328 says:
The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.
The CCC goes on to further to explain the nature of angelic will, knowledge, and interaction with the created world.
In 1986, then Pope John Paul II gave a Catechesis on the Holy Angels during his General Audiences from 9 July to 20 August 1986. Much of what he said was a compilation of the above mentioned sources. He injected into the faith a new understanding of how and why we should not only learn about the angels, but implement that belief into tangible action within our faith life. In 6 general audiences, he was able to distill and disseminate a plethora of information to the faithful, inviting them into a more intimate relationship with the angelic beings made for us, by God.
There are loads of other great sources on angels, but as Dr. Kreeft says, most of what we know about angels has already been written. The following list is a compilation of sources that discuss angels in a way that is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church:
- Angelology – Fr. John Hardon
- Compilation of Catholic Teachings on Angels – Resources for Catholic Educators
- Directory of Links – Catholic Pages
There are also a ton of great books on angels, yet my two favorite, aside from the Summa, are:
Let us implore our guardian angels to protect us daily, and today especially, let us ask the Archangels to guide us, direct us, and defend us in the battles of everyday spiritual warfare.
“Then war broke out in Heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but the could not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, which is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.” – Apocalypse 12:7-9
It is also this blog’s 3rd anniversary.