Friday, August 10, 2012
They Don't Call Them Angels for Nothing
I should think it would. Poor little thing. Where were you taught that? One of two things has taken place. Either the person teaching you was inebriated or otherwise incapacitated or you were behind the door when the angel info was discussed.
You weren't behind the door the whole time. Whoever was teaching you got out this much: "God created the angels. They loved and adored Him perfectly." At that point, perhaps you were distracted, as I often was while sitting at my desk as a child. I used to daydream about martyrdom and working for the OSS to thwart the Nazis and becoming a famous ballerina. I had wide ranging interests.
In any case, you've gone awry. God did give the angels free will. And then Lucifer went awry.
You don't have to take my word for it. For all you know, I am inebriated or otherwise incapacitated. Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about angels and free will:
311 Angels and men, as intelligent and free creatures, have to journey toward their ultimate destinies by their free choice and preferential love. They can therefore go astray. Indeed, they have sinned. Thus has moral evil, incommensurably more harmful than physical evil, entered the world. God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil. He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive good from it.
We don't know why God created us, but the general thinking is that God is just so loving that He just had to share His love with even more creatures.
Angels certainly seem to do a lot better with their free will than we do. Once the Lucifer situation was settled, it seems no other angel has had so much as an unkind thought.
Imagine it! Every one of us has a guardian angel by our sides from the moment we are born until we leave this earthly coil. We can whine all we want about how difficult it is not to sin and all the while, our guardian angels have to stand by and experience everything we experience. Well...not everything. They don't have to eat or exercise or not exercise. But still.
At the least, I should think they spend a lot of time just wanting to throw up their hands and have the angel equivalent of a double martini. Sit around at the angel saloon and grouse about all the ridiculous neenering and blather they have to sit through on an hourly basis.
"And then, she went off on her sister because her sister is so 'controlling' and picked about everything she did for her mother."
"Wait...isn't the sister the one who spends pretty much every waking minute looking after the mother?"
"Maybe her sister has a better idea of what needs to be done for the mother."
But they don't. Clearly, the "will" part of their free will is stronger than ours. Except for that one time.