Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Chrsitian Heriage - September 29 - The Archangels

"An innumerable company of angels, and the spirits of the just; — we dwell under their shadow; we are baptized into their fellowship; we are allotted their guardianship; we are remembered, as we trust, in their prayers. We dwell in the very presence and court of God himself, and of his eternal Son our Savior, who died for us, and rose again, and now intercedes for us before the throne. We have privileges surely far greater than Elisha's; but of the same kind. Angels are among us, and are powerful to do anything. And they do wonders for the believing, which the world knows nothing about. According to our faith, so it is done unto us. Only believe, and all things are ours. We shall have clear and deeply-seeded convictions in our minds of the reality of the invisible world, though we cannot communicate them to others, or explain how we come to have them."

John Henry Cardinal Newman (AD 1801-1890), Sermons on the Subjects of the Day, pages 170-171

Newman was a famous preacher in the Church of England and after his reception into the Catholic Church he continued preaching and writing and later was made a cardinal.

He is best known probably for his books, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, and The Idea of a University.

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