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The Mystical Role of the Angels in Baptism

February 5, 2019 1 Comment
The Mystical Role of the Angels in Baptism

In recent weeks I have been teaching a series at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the mission of the angels. Angels are ministering spirits mystically present and active throughout creation, in the events of Scripture, in the liturgy, and in our lives. Over the next few days my posts will summarize the talks I […]

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I Hear Music in the Air – A Homily For Christmas Midnight

December 24, 2018 2 Comments
I Hear Music in the Air – A Homily For Christmas Midnight

The mysteries of Christmas are many. Among them is the mystery of the music heard that night. The angels shouted the great declaration, “Glory to God in the highest,” and creation took it up as a song. Why this music? Is it merely window dressing, or does it disclose a mystery to us? Is the declaration only […]

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Of the Angels and of the Mysterious Providence of God

October 1, 2018 4 Comments
Of the Angels and of the Mysterious Providence of God

God most often works through His angels; He mediates His presence through them. Why is this? He is of course all-powerful and therefore does not need the mediation of the angels, but He does seem to will it. It is common in both Scripture and doctrinal traditions to ascribe to the angels the work of […]

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The Second Coming and Its Stages

December 7, 2017 3 Comments
The Second Coming and Its Stages

During Advent, as we continue to meditate on the Parousia (the Second Coming), we do well to allow our imaginations to be engaged in contemplating the glory that awaits those who are faithful, to meditate on the joy and ecstasy of the culmination of all things! We must soberly admit our need to be ready […]

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The Ministry of Angels, as Seen in a Commercial

September 29, 2017 6 Comments
The Ministry of Angels, as Seen in a Commercial

Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does He not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various kinds and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering? While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater […]

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Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

August 16, 2017 14 Comments
Why and How Does Satan Roam the Earth?

One of the more puzzling aspects of demonology is the freedom that Satan and demons appear to have in roaming the earth, causing trouble. If the condemned are consigned to Hell for all eternity, why is Satan allowed to wander about outside of Hell? Isn’t he supposed to be suffering in Hell along with his […]

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A Brief Reflection on the Ministry of the Angels Throughout Creation

June 11, 2017 5 Comments
A Brief Reflection on the Ministry of the Angels Throughout Creation

The conclusion of the Book of Tobit on Saturday featured the Archangel Raphael revealing himself to Tobit and others and explaining his ministry to them. This post I write is not a full angelology, it is just a grateful reflection for God, his angels and his creation. Book-length treatments are necessary for a good angelology. […]

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Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV

October 2, 2015 0 Comments
Our Guardian Angel – As Seen on TV

Most of us struggle with the fact that God allows bad things to happen to us. Why does He not intervene more often to protect us from attacks of various sorts and from events that cause sadness, setbacks, or suffering? While mysterious, the clearest answer is that God allows suffering in order that some greater […]

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