The Parish Catechism, Lesson 06: Angels

angel“Adore him, all you his angels.” (Psalm 96:7)

71. What are Angels?

Angels are created spirits, having no bodies, but having minds and wills.

72. Do angels really exist?

Angels really exist.

The Bible speaks of angels more than three hundred times. An angel put Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden. Angels played an important part in the life of Christ. An angel announced to Mary she was to become the Mother of God. The Prophet Daniel speaks of ten thousand times a hundred thousand angels before the throne of God in heaven.

73. Why did God create the angels?

God created the angels:

To praise and serve Him in Heaven.

“And they [the angels] cried one to another, and said: Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord God of hosts, all the earth is full of his glory.” (Isaias 6:3)

To act as messengers from God to men.

Angels were sent as messengers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, the shepherds and others.

To act as guardians over men.

“To angels is committed by the providence of God the office of guarding the human race, and to be ready at hand with every man to protect him from any serious harm.” (Council of Trent).

angel74. How does your guardian angel help you?

Your guardian angel helps you by praying for you, by protecting you from evil, and by inspiring you to do good.

Every person on earth has a guardian angel. “See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10)

You should pray to your guardian angel.

75. Who is the devil?

The devil (Lucifer) is the chief of the fallen angels who disobeyed God.

The fall of the devil and his bad angels is recorded in the Bible: “And there was a great battle in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels. And they prevailed not: neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world.” (Apocalypse 12:7-9)

76. How do the devils tempt men?

The devils tempt men by suggesting evil to us, by coaxing us to do evil, even by threatening and frightening us.

“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)

– from The Parish Catechism, by Father Martin W Farrell, 1954