1.41 Postoje li doista anđeli u raju?
Anđeli su osobe poput ljudi, ali nemaju tijelo. Anđeli su s Bogom na nebu i odlučili su ostati s Njim i služiti mu. Biblija nam govori da anđeli često djeluju kao glasnici, na primjer, kada je anđeo Gabrijel najavio Isusovo rođenje Lk 1,26P:U šestome mjesecu posla Bog anđela Gabriela u galilejski grad imenom Nazaret., a kasnije i Njegovo uskrsnuće Mt 28,2-6:I gle, nastade žestok potres jer anđeo Gospodnji siđe s neba, pristupi, otkotrlja kamen i sjede na nj. Lice mu bijaše kao munja, a odjeća bijela kao snijeg. Od straha pred njim zadrhtaše stražari i obamriješe. A anđeo progovori ženama: “Vi se ne bojte! Ta znam: Isusa Raspetoga tražite! Nije ovdje! Uskrsnu kako reče. Hajde, vidite mjesto gdje je ležao .”.
Anđeli paze na ljude: i ti imaš anđela čuvara, kojeg je Bog odredio da te prati i pazi na tebe Mt 18,10:Pazite da ne prezrete ni jednoga od ovih najmanjih jer, kažem vam, anđeli njihovi na nebu uvijek gledaju lice Oca mojega, koji je na nebesima.;Ps 90,11:Tko će mjeriti žestinu gnjeva tvojega, tko proniknuti srdžbu tvoju?. Aplikacija #TwGOD sadrži molitvu tvom anđelu čuvaru i drugim anđelima.
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The Wisdom of the Church
What are angels?
Angels are pure spiritual creatures of God who have understanding and will. They have no bodies, cannot die, and are usually not visible. They live constantly in God’s presence and convey God’s will and God’s protection to men.
An angel, wrote Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, is “so to speak the personal thought with which God is turned toward me”. At the same time the angels are turned completely toward their Creator. They burn with love for him and serve him day and night. Their song of praise is never-ending. In Sacred Scripture the angels who have fallen away from God are called devils or demons. [Youcat 54]
In what way are angels present in the life of the Church?
The Church joins with the angels in adoring God, invokes their assistance and commemorates some in her liturgy.
“Beside each believer stands an angel as a protector and shepherd leading him to life.”
(Saint Basil the Great)
Can we interact with angels?
Yes. we can call on angels for help and ask them to intercede with God.
Every person receives from God a guardian angel. It is good and sensible to pray to one’s guardian angel for oneself and for others. Angels can also make themselves noticeable in the life of a Christian, for example, as bearers of a message or as helpful guides. Our faith has nothing to do with the false angels of New Age spirituality and other forms of esotericism. [Youcat 55]
This is what the Church Fathers say
Let our glorying and our confidence be in [God] let us be subject to his Will. Let us consider the whole multitude of angels, how they stand and minister to his Will. [St. Clement of Rome, Letter to the Corinthians, Chap. 34 (MG 1, 276)]
This is the office of angels, to minister to God for our salvation. So that it is an angelical work, to do all for the salvation of the brethren: or rather it is the work of Christ himself, for he indeed saves as Lord, but they as servants. [St. John Chrysostom, Homilies on Hebrews, 3:4 (MG 63, 30)]