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What Are Angels: What Do Catholics Believe? Helpers In God's Plan
What Are Angels?
Angels are found throughout the Bible in both the New and Old Testaments. Many of the main subjects in the Bible were visited by angels and given a message directly from God.
Perhaps the greatest example of an Angel visiting someone to bring good news was when the angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her that she would be with child and would give birth to Jesus: “God sent the Angel Gabriel…to a virgin named Mary… do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son…” (Luke 1:26-31).
So what are Angels and what does the Catholic Church teach on this subject? First of all believing in the existence of angels is a truth of faith. Angels are spiritual beings whereas humans are physical beings. Angels are considered to be servants and messengers of God. They have intelligence and will and they are considered to be personal and immortal creatures more perfect than humans.
Proof of Angels In The Bible
In essence the Angels belong to Christ. "When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him…" (Matt 25:31). As evidence in the Bible shows, Angels have been present since the time of creation. Angels are a necessity in God's plan as they have often intervened; they protected Lot, saved Hagar and her child, stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son, announced births and assisted the prophets, to name just a few examples of their influence in the Bible.
Catholics believe Angels will be present with Christ when he returns. They will serve as ushers guiding the faithful into the New Kingdom. Catholics believe in Angels and we also believe that we will be with them in Heaven, with Jesus. It is very encouraging to know that God has these special creatures to help us. I wonder if my grandmother became an angel? I would like to think that she is up there looking down on me as I write this!
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