The Holy Angels are our brethren, children of
the same Father in Heaven, united to us in Him
by ties of fond affection, loving us with a love
higher than any earthly love. We sometimes complain
that we have none to love us. We forget that
every one of that glorious company has a personal
and individual love for us, and rejoices in all that
makes us happier and nearer to God. This shall
be my consolation in my loneliness. I will picture
to myself those loving friends around me.
The Holy Angels are also our models. If we
wish to serve God perfectly, all we have to do is to
imitate them. Purity of heart is termed the angelic
virtue. Perfect submission to God is the secret of
their holiness and their continual joy. To say that
any child of Adam lives an angelic life is the highest
praise we can bestow on him. We pray continually:
"Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven."
Do I seek to imitate the Angels, and in what?
The Holy Angels are also our future companions.
There are a number of vacant places in their
ranks that the Saints are destined to fill. When
Satan and the rebel spirits fell from Heaven, their
places are generally believed to have been reserved
for the elect among the children of men. In one
of the angelic companies is a place for me, if I am
faithful to my Lord and King. Oh, what a moment
of exquisite happiness, when I take my place among