The Angels, Their Hierarchy and Order

October 10, 2018
By fsspx.news
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The writings of St. Thomas Aquinas offer accurate and clear teachings on the holy angels who are our guardians.

In this month of October dedicated to the holy guardian angels, FSSPX.News proposes to its readers the treatise on the angels developed in the Catechism of the Summa Theologica by Fr. Thomas Pègues, OP. Published in 1918, this work explains the teachings of the Angelic Doctor on a level that anyone can grasp.
 

Does there exist an action of creatures upon each in the world of the pure spirits or angels?
Yes, in the world of the pure spirits or angels, there does exist an action of these spirits upon each other.

What is the name for the action of pure spirits upon each other?
It is called illumination (q. 106, a. 1).

Why is the action of pure spirits upon each other called illumination?
Because pure spirits only act upon each other to transmit the light they receive from God concerning His way of governing (Ibid.).

Is this light from God communicated to the pure spirits in a graduated and ordered way?
Yes, this light from God is communicated to the pure spirits in a graduated and marvelously ordered way.

What do you mean when you say that this light from God is communicated to the pure spirits in a graduated and marvelously ordered way?
I mean that God first communicates it to those closest to Him, then they to the other angels, in order, from the highest to the lowest, in such a way that the action of the first is communicated to the last by the intermediary of those in between (q. 106, a. 2).

So there are the first, the second and the last in this subordination of the action of the spirits upon each other to communicate the light that comes down upon them from God?
Yes, there are the first, the second and the last in this subordination of the action of the spirits upon each other to communicate the light that comes down upon them from God (q. 108, a. 2).