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Are angels actually able to intervene in human matters?

Neela Kale Answers:

Q: Are angels actually able to intervene in human matters, i.e. warn us of impending danger?

Our English word “angel” is derived from the Greek word “angelos,” meaning “messenger.” According to Church tradition, angels are created beings who are servants and messengers of God. Like human beings, they have intelligence and free will. Unlike human beings, who are embodied spirits, they are spirits without bodies. The bible contains many references to the intervention of angels in human life, primarily as bearers of a message related to salvation history. Consider, for example, the role of Gabriel in Luke 1:5-38 and of other unnamed angels in Luke 2:8-20. God’s voice is as present in the world today as it was 2,000 years ago, and there is no reason that God would not continue to rely on these heavenly messengers. For further reading, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 328-336.

The Author : Neela Kale
Neela Kale is a writer and catechetical minister based in the Archdiocese of Portland. She served with the Incarnate Word Missionaries in Mexico and earned a Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology. Some of her best theological reflection happens on two wheels as she rides her bike around the hills of western Oregon.
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  • Mike

    Are angels actually able to intervene in human matters?
    Only if God wills it. then you have all the fallen Angles that are meddling in Human affairs everywhere.

  • Gregory Dye

    I’m curious. I’ve always heard that the difference between humans and angels was that they didn’t have free will, and we did. Is there anything other than the fall of Lucifer to suggest that angels have free will?

    • Mike

      angels have freewill, that is why you have the bunch of them fallen angels. they are just like you and mankind in that arena of freewill, the angels that are still in Heaven do God’s will, the ones that didn’t to God’s will are not in Heaven. Likewise it is to the Humands.

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