The Action of the Good Angels upon Man: The Guardian Angels

October 18, 2018
Source: fsspx.news

The writings of St. Thomas Aquinas offer accurate and clear teachings on the holy angels who are our guardians.

In this month of October dedicated to the holy guardian angels, FSSPX.News proposes to its readers the treatise on the angels developed in the Catechism of the Summa Theologica by Fr. Thomas Pègues, OP. Published in 1918, this work explains the teachings of the Angelic Doctor on a level that anyone can grasp.
 

Can angels act upon men?
Yes, angels can act upon men, by reason of their spiritual nature that is of a superior order (q. 111).

Can angels enlighten the intelligence and minds of men?
Yes, angels can enlighten the intelligence and minds of men, strengthening their virtue and placing the pure truth they contemplate on a level men can grasp (q. 111, a. 1).

Can angels change men’s wills by acting directly upon them?
No, angels cannot change men’s wills by acting directly upon them, for the movement of the will is an interior inclination that can only come directly from the will itself or from God Who is its author (q. 111, a. 2).

So only God can change men’s wills by acting directly upon them?
Yes, only God can change men’s wills by acting directly upon them (q. 111, a. 2). 

Can angels act upon men’s imaginations and upon their other sensitive faculties?
Yes, angels can act upon men’s imaginations and upon their other sensitive faculties, for these faculties are connected to their organs, and therefore part of the corporal world subject to the action of the angels (q. 111, a. 3). 

Can angels act upon men’s senses?
Yes, for the same reason, angels can act upon men’s exterior senses and impress whatever they wish upon them, unless, in the case of the bad angels, their action is hindered by that of the good angels (q. 111, a. 4).