Angels walk among us, the Bible tells us. And so do demons.
Yet they often take unexpected forms and shapes. They may come to us as
strangers, as sudden insights, or as great trials. As James Reho describes in
this Summer 2015 issue of Parabola, some devils are not to be exorcised
(instructions for exorcism are included in this issue) but must be endured
until they yield insights that can come no other way. “If there had been any
power in you, it would have sufficed had one of you come, but since the Lord
hath made you weak, you attempt to terrify me by numbers,” said Saint Anthony
to the devils that tormented him. “Angels are agents and co-workers with us
human beings,” write priest Matthew Fox and biologist Rupert Sheldrake. They
spark our intuition and inspire us—“they get us to move.” They shed light on us
from a cosmic perspective, but not if we scrub them out of existence as we tend
to do in our secularized, scientific culture.
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