Thought of the day
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael, archangels - Feast

"The angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father"

I give thanks to you, my God, 
because you have enabled me to live, 
to know and to worship you. 
For life is “to know you the only true God” (Jn 17,3), 
O Creator and Author of all, 
unbegotten, uncreated, without source, unique, 
and the Son begotten of you, 
and Most Holy Spirit proceeding from you: 
threefold unity worthy of all praise... 

What glory or light of immortality is there 
among angels and archangels, 
Sovereignties, cherubim and seraphim 
and all other heavenly hosts; 
what joy is there, what radiance of insubstantial life 
if not the incomparable light of the Blessed Trinity?... 

Mention to me any being, corporeal or incorporeal, 
and you will find that God made them all. 
Should anyone talk to you about any beings whatsoever, 
those of heaven, of earth or those of the underworld, 
for them, too, and for all, there is only one life, one glory, 
one hope, one kingdom, 
one only treasure, joy, crown, victory, peace 
or splendor of any kind: 
and that is to know the origin and cause 
from which all has originated, all has come to birth. 
He is the one who upholds all things above and those below; 
He is the one who orders all the spiritual beings, 
He is the one who reigns over every visible being... 

These increased in knowledge and redoubled their fear 
when they saw Satan fall 
and his associates carried off by their presumption. 
Those who fell forgot it all, 
slaves of pride that they were; 
whereas all those who retained their knowledge, 
supported by fear and love, 
clung to their Lord. 
Thus the recognition of his lordship 
Resulted, too, in an increase of their love 
because they now saw better and more clearly 
the dazzling radiance of the Trinity.