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 Upcoming Events

 

 The Question of Evil

Sunday, 3.16, 4-5:30pm

 

Join us for an honest look at the number one obstacle to faith in a loving God.

 

 

The Question of Evil, Pt II

Sunday, 3.23, 4-5:30pm

 

Our second night on this topic, we'll respond to your questions.

 

 

Redemptive Suffering, Adoration

Sunday, 3.30, 4-5:30pm

 

We'll explore the value of Jesus' suffering and how we can unite our suffering with His.

 

 

 

Dispel the Darkness

Friday, 4/4 to Saturday 4/5

 

An estimated 27 million men, women, and children are held in modern day slavery through human trafficking. Join us for an overnight vigil to shine light into the darkness of this evil and pray for change!

(Permission Slip Here)

 

 

Happy Easter!

Sunday, 4.20

 

There will be no regular Village meeting.

 

 

 

The Village @ St Thomas

530 Elizabeth Street

Ann Arbor, MI  48104

Phone:734.761.8606

Fax:734.997.8432

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Your Question of the Week: Are angels made in the image and likeness of God?

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” Man occupies a unique place in creation: (I) he is “in the image of God”; (II) in his own nature he unites the spiritual and material worlds; (III) he is created “male and female”; (IV) God established him in his friendship (CCC 355). So  humanity does have a special place in the order of creation!


Disfigured by sin and death, man remains “in the image of God,” in the image of the Son, but is deprived “of the glory of God,” of his “likeness.” The promise made to Abraham inaugurates the economy of salvation, at the culmination of which the Son himself will assume that “image” and restore it in the Father’s “likeness” by giving it again its Glory, the Spirit who is “the giver of life” (CCC 705).

 

So man was definitely made in the image and likeness of God. Since the fall of Adam and Eve we are still born in the image of God but we have lost the likeness (See Catechism #705,  1700-1707).

 

Let’s talk about  angels! The Old Testament theology included the belief in angels: the name applied to certain spiritual beings or intelligences of heavenly residence, employed by God as the ministers of His will. The Catechism does not speak specifically of angels and God’s image and likeness. However, the Catechism does note that among visible creatures only man is "able to know and love his creator," and "the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake" (Catechism, no. 356).

 

Angels are pure immortal spirits, of an incommunicable and immaterial substance, created by God, having the vital operations of intellection and volition. They have an intellect and a will; which is to say, they know and they love.  Being intellectual creatures of incommunicable substance, angels are, therefore, persons. St Boetius defined person as a complete, individual, and incommunicable substance of a rational or intellectual nature, totally subsisting in itself.

 

The term image is reserved for the resemblance between God and man as being-intellect-will. Likeness refers to the possibility of friendship in Christ. The angels are included in both of these categories, so yes- angels are made in the image and likeness of God!