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111. The Actions of Angels on Men

1. Since angels are superior to man, they can enlightenman. They can strengthen the understanding of human beings and makemen aware, in some sensible manner, of the truths to be imparted.Thus angels can act upon the human intellect.

2. But angels cannot act directly upon the human will; Godalone can do this.

3. Nevertheless, angels, good or bad, can exercise anindirect influence on human wills by stirring up images inthe human imagination. And angels, good or bad, can, by theirnatural power, arouse sentient appetites and passions in the sameway, that is, by producing images in the human imagination.

4. Equally, an angel can work upon the human senses,either outwardly, as, for example, by assuming some visible form,or inwardly, by disturbing the sense-functions themselves, as, forexample, making a man see what is not really there.

"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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