St. Alphonsus Liguori is often quoted
as saying that devotion to St. Michael and the Holy Angels is a mark of
St. Denis, called "Philangelus", i.e.
the friend of angels, wrote inspiringly of them. Pope St. Leo the
Great advises us to "make friends with the holy angels and we shall find in
them most loving companions in our earthly exile, our champions against the
malice and rage of the devils, our advocates at the judgment seat of God and
our amiable companions in bliss and glory throughout the endless eternity."
If we were to realize the affection
they bear us and the care with which they guard our souls, we should be
inflamed with real love for them. Origen says that these blessed
spirits aid us in all our acts of religion by uniting their supplications to
ours. St. Augustine adds, "These angels have compassion for us and, at
God's command, they hasten to our aid so that we, too, may eventually arrive
at our common fatherland.
* * *
MAN'S TWO ANGELS
There are two angels with man
-- one of righteousness, the other of iniquity. The angel of
righteousness is mild and modest and gentle and quiet. When,
therefore, he gets into thy heart, immediately he talks with thee of
righteousness, of modesty, of chastity, of bountifulness, of forgiveness and
of piety. When all these things come into thy heart, know that the
angel of righteousness is with thee. Wherefore, hearken to this angel,
and do his holy and beautiful works. But, as for the angel of iniquity
-- he is, first of all, bitter and angry and foolish; and his works are
pernicious to a degree and overthrow the servants of God. When,
therefore, these things come into thy heart, thou shalt know by them that
this is the angel of iniquity.
* * *
CLAIM YOUR HONOR
In the old Testament, Lot and
Joshua venerated the angels for they were far below these spirits in
dignity. But when Christ took on human flesh, the angels came down to our
level. And so, John, when he bowed down before an angel, was restrained by
the same angel, saying: "You must not do that. I am a fellow servant
with you and your brethren."
So, do nothing to degrade
yourself for we are meant to be citizens of God and equals of angels. This
is our due honor; let us live accordingly.
St. Gregory the Great
* * *
When tempted, invoke your
angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped. Ignore the
devil and do not be afraid of him; he trembles and flees at your guardian
St. John Bosco
* * *
As Christ was pleased to be
comforted by an angel, so was it necessary that the Virgin should be
encouraged by one.
St. Peter Chrysologus
* * *
Are the guardian angels
standing by us, or are they still at a great distance? For, until they come
close to us, our efforts are vain and futile. Our prayers have neither the
power of access nor the wings of purity to take them and bring them to the
St. John Climacus