ANGELIC OVERVIEW: "Angels are spirits," proclaimed St.
Augustine! St. Thomas Aquinas believed that angels were pure
spirit, having no matter or mass, and taking up no space; but Thomas
believed angels could assume bodies at will. The purpose of angels
is the same as mankind: to love and serve the Lord. However, being
that angels are not material beings, and possibly from a different
dimension, they can serve the Lord in many different ways. Angels
have far greater will and intellect than we have. Whereas mankind
must sift through and experiment with natural laws, angels can grasp
all natural laws with a single thought. Eventually we find that
angels cannot work miracles per se, but they can perform many
special effects that appear miraculous, such as protecting Daniel
from the lions in Daniel 6. When angels appear to man, they usually
appear with wings, but the wings are not the method of loco- motion.
The angels seem to slip in a...