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Books on the Angels

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This site is dedicated to communicating the truth about the Holy Angels, as taught by the Catholic Church from the founts of Sacred Scripture, the Holy Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the Magisterium and the writings of the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas.

In Sacred Scripture (the Bible) we find that the nine choirs of angels spoken of in Catholic theology can be found. These are the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones, the Dominations, Virtues and Powers, the Principalities, Archangels and Angels - three hierarchical groups, reflecting the triune nature of the Holy Trinity. We also learn about the Guardian Angels, the Angel of the Lord, the Living Beings and other names under which angels and their angelic responsibilities are known.

In the Holy Fathers and Doctors of the Church, who attest to the authentic meaning of Sacred Scripture as handed on by the Apostles of Jesus Christ, we find the simple references of Scripture explained and amplified.

The Magisterium (or Teaching Office) of the Catholic Church has over the centuries added the weight of its apostolic authority, confirming and illuminating the doctrine on the Holy Angels.

The theology on the angels (angelology) of the Church has been profoundly synthesized and developed in the writings of the greatest Catholic theologian St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), particularly in his Summa Theologiae. In areas of common teaching which are not yet formally defined, the Church herself asserts that St. Thomas has the presumption of truth on his side, until the Magisterium weighs in with a final judgment.

Finally, by the example of the Church's own Prayers Christians can learn how to invoke the intercession of the Holy Angels in life's trials and necessities, while avoiding dangerous gnostic, occult and new age doctrines and spirituality, such as are widespread in literature, on the Web and even among Christians.

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