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Part One

IN BRIEF

350

Angels are spiritual creatures who glorify God with-

out ceasing and who serve his saving plans for other

creatures: “The angels work together for the benefit of

us all” (St. Thomas Aquinas,

STh

I, 114, 3,

ad

3).

351

The angels surround Christ their Lord. They serve him

especially in the accomplishment of his savingmission

to men.

352

The Church venerates the angels who help her on her

earthly pilgrimage and protect every human being.

353

God willed the diversity of his creatures and their own

particular goodness, their interdependence, and their

order. He destined all material creatures for the good

of the human race. Man, and through him all creation,

is destined for the glory of God.

354

Respect for laws inscribed in creation and the relations

which derive from the nature of things is a principle

of wisdom and a foundation for morality.