What Are Angels? Do They Have Wings?

Last week we explored the creation of the angels and why God created these spiritual beings. This week we will dive into what exactly is an angel.


First of all, the English word “angel” comes from the Latin angelus, meaning “messenger of God.” The Latin stems from Greek ἄγγελος ángelos, which is a translation of the Hebrew mal’ākh, meaning “messenger,” or “delegate,” or “ambassador.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it this way:

What is Hell Like and Why Should We Avoid It?

For many of us, the eternal fires of Hell is the only image that keeps us from committing mortal sin. Simply put, we do not enjoy the thought of being burned for all eternity.


Yet, is that a proper image of Hell? Should the thought of physical pain be the only motivating factor that keeps us on the path towards God? Let’s look at what the Church teaches about Hell and what other images may better motivate us to avoid Hell and seek Heaven.

Why Did God Create the Angels?

Over the next several weeks, I will delve into the complex topic of angels and dig deeper to learn more about them and how they can help us become saints. Angels are all around us (even in the outfield), but so few of us know who they are and why they are here.

Full title: The Assumption of the Virgin
Artist: Francesco Botticini
Date made: probably about 1475-6

Before we get started, we must ask the simple question “why bother?” In the eyes of our modern, scientific world, only what can be seen and studied is worthy of our attention. Angels appear at first glance to not even be worthy of spending a minute of our valuable time, for science can not prove nor disprove their existence.

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Spiritual combat…needs to be taught anew and proposed once more to all Christians today. It is a secret and interior art, an invisible struggle in which [we] engage every day against the temptations, the evil suggestions that the demon tries to plant in their hearts; it is a combat that becomes crucifixion in the arena of solitude in the quest for the purity of heart that makes it possible to see God (cf.Mt 5:8) and of the charity that makes it possible to share in the life of God who is love (cf. 1 Jn4:16).

More than ever in the lives of Christians today, idols are seductive and temptations unrelenting: the art of spiritual combat…must once more become a part of the inner life of the disciple of the Lord. (St. John Paul II, Address, emphasis added)


I desire to continue to help all Catholics (and Christians of Good-Will) acquire the necessary skills to “Master the Art of Spiritual Combat,” so they can resist temptation, persevere in prayer and renew our culture. God has given me a specific charism of “writing” and I have discovered that He is calling me to use that gift in the digital world. The Internet has great potential to save souls, but it needs “missionaries” to go out and infuse a “soul” into the World Wide Web.

Thus far I have been able to reach over 200,000 souls in the past year and I know that I will be able to increase that number.

That is why I am embarking on a new adventure and need your help! I desire to be a spiritual combat “missionary,” who takes on this new frontier to win souls for Christ! I do so in the context of “Spiritual Combat” and seek to remind all people of the spiritual battle that we are engaged in, whether we know it or not.

As a part of this new missionary territory, I will offer weekly classes that are FREE for everyone to participate in and will cover all aspects of spiritual combat. (Starting this Friday, I will offer a weekly class on Angels that will be FREE and open to everyone.)

Additionally, I desire to become a “missionary” after the fashion of Saint Francis of Assisi, who begged for the food that he needed to survive.

To make all of this a reality, I have a monthly fundraising goal of $3,000. Most Catholic websites have much larger budgets and much larger campaigns and so this amount is very minimal. With your contributions I am able to pay the bills, reimburse for time and keep this website online. I am placing this campaign in the hands of God and if I do not receive at least half of my goal ($1,500) by October 15th, I will know that I must seek His will elsewhere and will close the doors of this site permanently (if I have to close down this site, all donations will be refunded).

You can submit a donation by using the form at the top right of this page. All donations are processed through Paypal. Please e-mail me (pakosloski (at) icloud.com) if you would prefer to send a personal check.

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How to Wield the Sword of the Spirit: Part V

How to Memorize Sacred Scripture

The final key in unlocking the power of Sacred Scripture resides in the ability to memorize Sacred Scripture. This allows the Word of God to be easily brought to mind in times of difficulty as well as when it is necessary to defend the Christian Faith from attacks.


Typically Catholics refrain from memorizing Scripture in fear that they will be viewed as a Protestant. However, few realize how much the Catholic Church depended on the oral tradition of passing on Scripture by word of mouth.

How to Wield the Sword of the Spirit: Part IV

With a solid commentary in-hand, we can now embark upon the great journey of reading the entirety of Sacred Scripture. However, while most attempt to read the Bible cover-to-cover, few get any farther than Leviticus.


The main problem is that we open up the Bible without any reading plan. We simply start reading and then get exhausted. To remedy that, here are a few different ways to break-up the reading to ensure that you are able to read the entire Bible: