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By Jean Danielou

the reality approximately angels — in response to the Fathers of the Church

From St. Augustine to John Henry Newman, the best one of the saints and males of God have lived on common phrases with the angels; and the Church has continuously accorded them a really huge position in her theology.

Recent theologians have dwelt on dry questions about the character of the angels, however the early Fathers of the Church, with the reminiscence of Jesus clean of their minds (and of the angels of whom He spoke frequently) have been serious about the lively motion of the angels between males and the ways that the angels have performed that undertaking from the moment of production during the time of Jesus; and the way they're going to proceed their paintings even unto the tip of time.

From the works of those early Fathers of the Church, the past due French Cardinal Jean Daniélou has drawn forth threads of data and knowledge which he has right here woven right into a lucid and vibrant tapestry that exhibits us who the ministering angels particularly are, and how—in each immediate and in each way—they are operating to your salvation and mine.

Here you’ll locate no sentimental cherubs: the Fathers knew that majesty and gear cloak real angels, that's why God gave them the ambitious initiatives of shepherding not just souls, yet whole international locations, and the motions of the total fabric universe itself.

Open those pages to satisfy the wonderful angels as they have been identified through the Church’s maximum saints and theologians: Origen and Eusebius, and Sts. Basil, Ambrose, Methodius, Gregory of Nyssa, Clement of Alexandria, and John Chrysostom (among others).

Soon you, too, will end up on customary phrases with the angels, and they’ll start to play on your lifestyles the bigger position that God intends them to play.

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