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The Mystery of Angels and Demons

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Kristin Aebli, Spiritual Warfare

The Mystery of Angels and Demons

“St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.”

God created purely spiritual beings called angels. Although unseen, angels are present and working in the world. They are able to know and love truth in a more full and perfect way than is possible for humans. This love, however, is an act of free will giving angels the choice to love God. Because angels have an intellect, and were given free will by God, they had the possibility of accepting or rejecting God's infinite love. The good angels chose God, the bad angels did not. During the rebellion of the angels, some turned their backs on God and rejected His infinite love. Satan became the antagonist of God’s loving wisdom during the fall of the angels. This is revealed when Jesus stated a highly evocative sentence: “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning” (Luke 10:18). Satan and his angels rejected truth and wish to destroy everything full of grace and love.of angels and demons

Although Satan has been given great power over man and the world, it is limited. God created angels and archangels to defend men and their salvation. St. Michael is one of the seven archangels (cf Tobit 12:15 and Revelation 8:2), although only three are specifically mentioned in scripture, the others being St. Gabriel and St. Raphael. In Catholic tradition and liturgy, St. Michael is known as the protector of the Church. Satan may be able to tempt man with evil, but man can cast out the enemy through prayer. Christ’s victory conquers all evil, and through the spiritual patrimony of the Church, we can conquer all temptations we are faced with.

As Catholics, we can be sure that Christ has victorious power as the Redeemer. We ourselves can overcome these spirits as we are helped by the good angels and messengers of God’s love. We are taught by the tradition of the Church, we address our prayer: “Angel of God, who are my guardian, enlighten, guard, govern and guide me, who have been entrusted to you by the heavenly goodness. Amen.”

“For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

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Art for this post on the mystery of angels and demons: San Miguel Arcangel venciendo al demonio (Saint Michael the Archangel defeating the devil), Höllensturz, Altarbild von Johann Michael Rottmayr, 1697, Schlosskapelle St. Michael (Tittmoning), PD-US, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Kristin Aebli

Kristin Aebli is the Event Coordinator and Marketing Assistant at the Avila Foundation, parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio. Receiving the position was providential and in God’s perfect timing. Although cradle Catholic, in college she reverted and became confirmed in the Church. Kristin graduated with a degree in Communications from Samford University and she still enjoys ministering to college students through the Samford Catholic Student Association. Kristin is happy to be a part of the Firelight college ministry, is involved with Apostoli Viae and also a Young Professionals Bible study. For fun, Kristin enjoys discussing theology with friends, recording her podcast "Catholic After Dark", dancing, singing, cooking, writing and painting. She hopes to continue growing in her faith through the sacraments and involvement with faithful community.

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