believe that the angels are not mythical but noetic beings created by God, that
they had a beginning in time and that they are not eternal or immortal by nature,
but only by Divine Grace. Although they possess a different nature than ours,
their spiritual and incorporeal nature is nonetheless real and is subject to other
laws and other dimensions foreign to human nature. They are conscious persons.
In the beginning they were created perfectly good, perfectly free, having the
faculty of will and choice. Some angels made a good choice by remaining faithful
to their Creator, whereas others used their liberty in an evil manner and estranged
themselves from their Creator and rose up against Him and, becoming darkened and
wicked, fell from God and turned into demons. The demons are envious of man because
of the glory of the eternal destiny for which he was created, and they seek his
ruin and utter destruction. They have no real power over those who have received
Baptism, yet they tempt us so that we ourselves might make ill use of our freedom.
But the angels, because of their loyalty and their communion with God, know no
envy and are not jealous of man's destiny. Rather, they have been endowed with
a nature superior to man's so that they might help man realize his purpose through
the aid of Divine Grace; they rejoice when a man succeeds in realizing the aim
of his existence. The angles are humble, they are instructed by the Church, they
belong to the Church and celebrate with us in glorifying the Creator; they pray
for us and attend to our prayers. All beings created by God's wisdom, will, and
love are fashioned on a hierarchical principle and not on an egalitarian principle.
Even as men on earth differ according to what gift each has received, so also
do the angels have distinctions among themselves in accordance with their rank
and their ministry.
|Added: Aug 29, 2010
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