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107. The Speech of Angels

1. Angels manifest knowledge to one another, and to thisextent they "speak" to one another. But the speech ofangels is not a matter of sounds or of uttered words. The speech ofangels is a direct communication of knowledge from spirit tospirit.

2. An inferior angel can speak to a superior angel, eventhough, as we have seen, it cannot enlighten the superior angel; acandle cannot enlighten the sun, but it can burn visibly in thesunlight. An angel speaks by directing its thought in such wisethat it is made known to another angel, superior or inferior. Suchdirecting is done according to the free will of the angelspeaking.

3. Certainly the angels "speak" to God byconsulting his divine will and by contemplating with admiration hisinfinite excellence.

4. Neither time nor place has any influence on angelicspeech or its effect. Local distance cannot impede thecommunication of angels.

5. Angelic speech is the ordering of angelic mind toangelic mind by the will of the angel speaking. Now, itbelongs to the perfection of intellectual communication that it canbe private; even a human being can speak to another person alone.Therefore, the angels who are superior to human beings, must becapable of communicating thoughts, angel to angel, without makingtheir communication known to all the other angels. The scope ofangelic communication depends on the will of the angel speaking;this will determines the communication for one other angel, or forseveral, or for all.

"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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