Since ancient times humans have been fascinated with angels and how they work. Much of what we know about angels outside of Sacred Scripture is taken from the Church Fathers and Doctors, as well as from the lives of the saints and the experience of exorcists. Listed below are 25 interesting facts you may not know about God’s powerful heavenly ministers!
September 29 is the Feast of the Archangels. Although there are seven archangels (Tobit 12:15, Rev. 8:2), only three are mentioned by name in the Catholic Bible: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael. According to Catholic tradition, the archangels are an order of angels within a hierarchy of angelic hosts. There are nine orders, or choirs, of angels.
ersecution against Christians in China is now at a new high. This month news hit that Chinese authorities arrested a Vatican-appointed bishop, and this week the Chinese government issued new regulations aimed “to suppress all unofficial religious activities via dispersing Christian house churches, silencing Tibetan and Xinjiang separatists and undermining the Vatican’s influence on Chinese Catholics.”
You can actually build your character and become more virtuous by doing small, virtuous things every day. Although it is not easy to change your character, with practice and diligence it is possible to become more virtuous with time. This was first taught by Aristotle hundreds of years before Christ.
The Christians in the Middle East are facing almost global silence and indifference, even from America. This is felt even amongst Catholics and Christians, which undoubtedly adds to their great suffering. Meanwhile, the Knights of Columbus are doing masterful and diligent work in fighting for aid to be sent to the severely persecuted and destitute Church in the Middle East.
St. Therese of Lisieux, the ever-popular and loved patron saint, affectionately known as “The Little Flower”, has her feast day on October 1st. Catholics the world over devoted to this great saint of The Little Way begin a novena asking for her intercession for their special intention on September 22nd (to end on the eve of her feast).
Catholics, says Fr. Leo, shouldn’t be “puritans” when in comes to food. A more wholesome Catholic approach to food and drink, he explains, is to practice better discipline; that is, don’t subject yourself to the food you eat, but be your own master instead.
Our vehicles are closely tied to our livelihood, and they also carry our most priceless treasures – our spouses, children, family, and friends. Make sure your vehicle is blessed for spiritual protection and decked out with signs of your Catholic faith, which encourages you to PRAY and ask the saints for their holy intercession on a daily basis. It’s also a great way to evangelize!
The devotion to Our Lady’s sorrows recalls the Blessed Virgin Mary’s spiritual martyrdom in virtue of her perfect union with the Passion of Christ as she stood resolutely at the foot of the Cross. This was her role in salvation history, and what merited her place as the spiritual Mother of all Christians.
September 14th is the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, also known as the Triumph of the Cross or the Elevation of the Cross. This is the day the Church celebrates both the discovery and the recovery of the true cross of Jesus Christ. There is a very interesting historical account surrounding this ancient feast day.