The fact that Saint Thomas Aquinas is called the “Angelic Doctor” is not due to his cherubic physique alone. He actually spent a considerable amount of thought1 even in his Summa Theologiae (publ. 1485, written from 1265–1274) on the nature, activities and moral state of angels.
He uses the nature of the angels to illuminate the nature of human cognition, by referring to angels as the extreme of what it is possible for an intellectual nature to be. His thinking is that
- the perfection of the universe requires the existence of intellectual creatures;
- since God intends ‘good’ for creation, God intends that his/her creations be like God;
- and since an effect is most like its cause when it shares with it the feature whereby it was caused, God’s creation must contain something with ‘intellect’ and ‘will’ since that is how GOD CREATES ie. by first knowing it and loving it into being:”Hence the perfection of the universe requires that there should be intellectual creatures. Now to understand cannot be the action of a body, nor of any corporeal power…. Hence the perfection of the universe requires the existence of an incorporeal creature. — ST Ia 50, 1“2Einstein first proposed that the equivalence of “corporeal” mass and “incorporeal” energy is a general principle and a consequence of the symmetries of space and time only in 1905…
Whatever his and your opinion on the “what/how” of angels, they are pretty popular inner companions: “They help us look at the world in ways that infuse our lives with vitality and assist us to experience the deepest levels of understanding, creativity and caring.”3The Angel Cards Book: Inspirational Messages and Meditations, by Joy Drake and Kathy Tyler, 1992 So it is for the PET team also! Every Christmas season an inspired Chair chooses our “guardian angel” to overlight the coming year’s activities.
Here’s an overview of PET’s angelic themes from the last years:
May all PETs beneficiaries, supporters and associates continue to (be) INSPIRE(D) & ENTHUSE(D) in action with the vitality of divine & creative essences.