1. Besides the visible, God also created an invisible world, namely His angels. At first they were good and perfectly happy; but in time some became dazzled with their own perfections, and, yielding to pride, revolted against God. Michael, and the other angels that remained faithful, fought against them, vanquished and overthrew them, together with their leader, Lucifer, who is also called Satan.
2. But Satan, fallen and lost, began to contrast his misery with man’s happiness, and, raging with anger and envy, resolved to seduce man from his obedience to God. For this end he made use of the serpent.
3. One day, while Eve was looking at the forbidden tree, the serpent, coming near, asked her why she did not eat of its fruit. Eve answered, God had forbidden them to touch it, lest they should die. But the serpent artfully replied, they would not die; on the contrary, their eyes would be opened, and they would be as gods, knowing good and evil. Eve looked again upon the tree; her curiosity was excited: the more she looked, the more the forbidden fruit appeared enticing. At length she stretched forth her hand, plucked the fruit, eat and gave to Adam, who also eat. This was their first sin.
4. Immediately their eyes were opened, but far otherwise than they had expected. Covered with shame, they sewed together fig-leaves and made garments for themselves, and, trembling, hid among the trees.
5. From one tree came ruin; from another, the tree of the cross, came redemption and victory over sin and the devil.
- Bishop Richard Gilmour. “The Angels and the Fall of our First Parents”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 19 July 2015. Web. 20 January 2017. <>