No, not the Dan Brown novel-turned-film. Real angels and real demons. I just posted an article on the CUF site about them, and it’s good stuff.
For example, I forget that angels “are not impeded by any material agent—by space or time.” I’m so accustomed to being embodied and to having a linear understanding of time, that it’s hard to imagine not being affected by objects and distance and time and so forth.
The article also looks at fallen angels–devils. They may, as the article points out, be given very little attention in homilies–yet they are ever at work in the world.
Lucifer as a bad angel strives to destroy this plan and bring man into eternal damnation. Every soul who dies outside of God’s friendship is a conquest of Satan, a victory to be chalked on the infernal scoreboard of Satan’s domain. Ceaselessly, with strategic allurement, he wages his campaign to make every man turn from God with the shout that was the hallmark of his rebellion: “Non serviam!” “I will not serve.”
On a related note, in two weeks, we celebrate the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael–three angels who do serve. And a few days following, we celebrate the Feast of the Guardian Angels. Just as a refresher, the prayer that many may have learned as children:
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love entrusts me here
Ever this day (night) be at my side
To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.