Angels exist, but are shards of light NOT winged cherubs

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Angel 013 (Photo credit: Juliett-Foxtrott)

Hark! As Christmas approaches here’s an interesting story to find a place amongst the headlines as religion meets science.  It’s almost like a cross between a Dan Brown novel and the Dark Matter trilogy.  Just as well that Father Renzo didn’t propose this 600 years ago or so or he’d probably have ended up in the torture chambers of the Spanish Inquistion.  We’re more tolerant today!



Angels Gabriel and Raphael,
Samael and Uriel,
Not cherubims with feathered wings
nor seraphims floating high
but rays of light,
fractured shards
refracted through a crystal vase,
bright scintillas,
instants of goodness,
pure energy
at the very heart of angelology.
And where there’s light there’s dark
where demons lurk
in equilibrium.
Satan skirting time,
flirting through dimensions,
chitter-chatter voices
of dark-matter in our minds.

Thus religion has been modernised.
Angels have been energised.
Demons’ darkness recognised.
Science has been harmonised
in Father Renzo Lavatori’s eyes.




20th December 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “Angels exist, but are shards of light NOT winged cherubs.”  A top Italian priest has risked the wrath of the world’s Christians by claiming that, although angels exists, they are more like shards of light than winged cherubs resembling humans.  Father Renzo Lavatori, who describes himself as an ‘angelologist’, says that belief in angels has grown enormously in recent years, a trend he attributes to a modern Christianity absorbing and drawing influence from New Age beliefs.  Although Father Lavatori says acceptance of angels is very much “back in fashion”, he adds that many Christians are simply doing it wrong.  Rather than the long accepted idea of an angel as a winged, chubby-cheeked child, Father Lavatori claims that they are in fact not even visible in a recognisable, physical form.  “You do not see angels so much as feel their presence… They are a bit like sunlight that refracts on you through a crystal vase,” Father Lavatori said.


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