My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The chapters and sections in this work are:
Part I - Angels
Chapter 1 - What Does the Bible Say about Angels?
Chapter 2 - What Does the Church Teach about Angels?
Chapter 3 - What is a Guardian Angel, and Do I Have One?
Chapter 4 - Do the Angels Participate in the Liturgy?
Chapter 5 - Do the Angles Have Ranks?
Chapter 6 - How Can I Be More Devoted to the Angels?
Chapter 7 - Who Are the Fallen Angels, and Should I Fear Them?
Part II - Saints
Chapter 8 - What Is a Saint, and Am I Becoming One?
Chapter 9 - What Is the Communion of Saints?
Chapter 10 - What Is Canonization, and Why Does the Church Canonize Certain People?
Chapter 11 - Why Would I Ever Pray to a Saint If I Can Just Pray to God?
Chapter 12 - What Are Relics, and Why Do Catholics Venerate Them?
Chapter 13 - Why Does It Mean to Take a Saint’s Name at Confirmation or to Be Named after a Saint?
Chapter 14 - Why Do Saints Have Feast Days, Why Do They Mean, and How Can I Celebrate Them?
Some of the other points that really got my attention are:
First, the Catechism (§329) speaks about the word “angel” as indicating a job title, not a nature. In other words, “angel” describes what a celestial spirit does, not what it is.
But perhaps the place where it is most obvious that we are joining in the praise of the angels at Mass is when we sing the Sanctus. The word sanctus is Latin for “holy” and refers to the part of the Mass when we sing the song of the seraphim heard by Isaiah.
This understanding of holiness as a doxological category (a category pertaining to glory) explains all of our different articulations of holiness. An object—like a golden chalice used at Mass—is holy because it participates in worship of God insofar as it can as an inanimate thing, and it has been blessed for this purpose.
He accomplishes this union in the Incarnation, in the Church, and in the Eucharist (we use the phrase “the Body of Christ” to refer to all three of these mysteries).
The word “relic” comes from the Latin word reliqua, and it means something that is left behind. In other words, relics are the remains of the saints (this includes things left behind by Christ himself, such as the relics of the true Cross). Primarily, the word “relic” refers to the body or part of the body of a saint (what is known today as a “first-class relic”), but it can also refer to other remains, such as a saint’s clothing or items that he or she has used (a “second-class relic”). We even recognize what are called “third-class relics”—objects that have been put into contact with a first-class relic.
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