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109. Orders Among the Fallen Angels

1. The angels that rebelled and became demons did not losetheir nature or their connatural gifts. They cast away, by theirsin, the grace in which they were created. They did not cast awaythe beatific vision, for they never had it. Now, if we think ofangelic orders as orders of angels in glory, then, of course, thereare no orders of bad angels. But if we consider angelic orders asorders of angelic nature simply, there are orders among thedemons.

2. Certainly, there is a precedence among bad angels;there is a subjection of some to others.

3. Demons of superior nature do not enlighten inferiordemons; enlightenment here could only mean the manifestation oftruth with reference to God, and the fallen angels have perverselyand permanently turned away from God. But demons can speak to oneanother, that is, they can make known their thoughts to oneanother, for this ability belongs to the angelic nature which thedemons retain.

4. The nearer creatures are to God the greater is theirrule over other creatures. Therefore, the good angels rule andcontrol the demons.

"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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