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Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP—The Created Pure Spirit, and Its Limits

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 02, 2020 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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Among this ever so numerous throng of pure spirits, the highest of hierarchies is that of the great contemplative angels… Next comes those who are ministers of the Most High… and finally there are the angels who simply execute the orders of God, as are the invisible guardians of men, communities, and nations.”

In honor of today’s feast of the Guardian Angels, we’re featuring an excerpt from The Sense of Mystery: Clarity and Obscurity in the Intellectual Life, by French Dominican theologian Garrigou-Lagrange.

In the chapter we’ll be hearing, Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange writes from the perspective of an angel. In the angel’s own words, he describes the nature, knowledge, and limits of the created pure spirit, and, by way of contrast, elucidates the limits of our own human intellect.

Though at times philosophically hefty, Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange’s is an eye-opening account of our angelic compatriots, and one especially worth considering as we remember and give honor to our guardian angels.


Translation courtesy of Emmaus Academic:

The Catholic Culture Podcast Ep. 38—Garrigou-Lagrange, The Sacred Monster of Thomism—w/ Matthew K. Minerd:

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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, the “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. Based in New York City, he holds both a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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