By Stuart Kallen
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What was the natural condition of the angels? How were angels created? What kind of knowledge did they have? As Hugh of Saint Victor observes, the “curiosity of the human mind” is unable to rest from such questions. To investigate such problems was to inquire into the nature of the most sublime of God’s creatures, to inquire into the height of God’s creative act. By understanding the existence of the highest of creatures theologians explored the limits of the cosmos. David Keck, Angels and Angelology in the Middle Ages.
The fireman said the room was completely engulfed in flames when he entered, but Tammy was safe in the corner, protected by an awesome silver and white being that stood over her and kept the flames at bay. When asked about the timing of the event, Martinson learned that the angel saved her child while she had been praying. After Tammy returned home, she confirmed the appearance of the silver and white guardian angel protecting her that night from the fire. Angel Encounters 59 This angel, with a sickle and stalks of grain, represents death.
Thomas attempted to prove the existence of angels. He describes them as God’s perfect creations, each one a single species to itself, each one as individual as a snowflake. And according to St. Thomas, angels, like snowflakes, are so numerous that they cannot be counted. In their perfection they cannot die, decay, or change. They can assume human form. But they do not function as humans beings, who are guided by their senses and their intellect. Angels obtain their knowledge directly from God upon creation, and they radiate love and light.