Angels of God: The Bible, the Church and the Heavenly Hosts

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“Angels are a large part of reality and, as with other large parts of reality—speeding Mack trucks, for example, or looming brick walls—we benefit greatly from their service, and we ignore them at our peril.”—From the Introduction

Angels are everywhere—as a matter of fact, right at your side. Forget the sweet-faced cherubs of popular culture, however, and brace yourself for a far more potent reality: powerful heavenly beings who play a significant role in the personal drama of ...

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Overview


“Angels are a large part of reality and, as with other large parts of reality—speeding Mack trucks, for example, or looming brick walls—we benefit greatly from their service, and we ignore them at our peril.”—From the Introduction

Angels are everywhere—as a matter of fact, right at your side. Forget the sweet-faced cherubs of popular culture, however, and brace yourself for a far more potent reality: powerful heavenly beings who play a significant role in the personal drama of daily life—your life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867168983
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 123
  • Sales rank: 463,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MIKE AQUILINA is executive vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He is author of many books on Church history, doctrine and devotion, and has hosted several series on The Eternal Word Television Network. He is past editor of New Covenant magazine. His bestselling titles include Love in the Little Things and Roots of the Faith.
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  • Posted May 19, 2009

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    We are the spoils of war

    Author and radio host Mike Aquilina introduces Angels of God with his own story of overcoming reluctance to fully accept angels in his spiritual life. After years of holding "remote reservations" on the topic, he saw the role of angels in the "tremendous spiritual struggle" of two friends facing imminent death from cancer. As they drifted in and out of consciousness "invocations of the angels, especially Saint Michael, came more frequently to their lips," he writes. "It became clear to me. that the angels are indeed fighting beside us in these battles." That realization led to an understanding of the role of angels in every phase of life. We are the "spoils of war" in the struggle between good and evil forces. "For us to ignore the angels would be a sign not only of disordered pride, but of colossal stupidity."

    Angels of God consists of twelve chapters on angels based largely on stories from the Bible and reflections of the saints. The material covers the definition, description, and history of angels; Michael our defender; Gabriel the great communicator; Raphael friend and guide; and prayers, poems, and hymns to help deepen our relationship with angels.

    Aquilina devotes a full chapter to guardian angels, explaining that their main task is to get us to heaven. He explores various aspects of this task including the holy card version of an angel pulling a child back from a precipice. "There's something to this, of course," he writes, but it is secondary. Many possible reasons exist for situations in which angels appear to fail to save their charges. First, they know the mind and will of God better than humans do, and always cooperate with God's plan. In addition, guardian angels also know when "another twenty-four hours on earth will merely get us another day older and deeper in debt." As for the belief that angels can be called upon for mundane chores like finding us a parking space, Aquilina suggests that angels sympathize with our desire and "will likely help-unless the parking space might detour us on the way to heaven.

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