Acts, Chapter 16, Verse 36
The jailer reported these words to Paul, “The magistrates have sent orders that you be released. Now, then, come out and go in peace.”
Those that are not in Christ when they are in error seek to keep their actions a secret. Whereas a person in Christ knows all have failed and our only salvation is in God. The Philippian officials had beaten Paul, and placed him into prison without a trial, not knowing that he was a Roman and had rights. The officials wanted to keep this “mistake” a secret. They wanted peace. Like all cowards they want peace when it goes against them because no truth is in them. Seek the light of Christ which reveals all truth and you will have no fear and the peace of Christ.
The Spirits of Darkness
The ethereal we live in is filled with the angels of God but not all of them are seeking our good. There are some spirits that are not filled with the light of God; just as there are some men which are not. Angels are no more impeccable than men. They are free as men to choose and like men underwent a trial. Every trial must be essentially costly or painful. God submitted to the angels the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God; made man for their adoration. At this revelation Lucifer known as the angel of light from the highest choir of angels a Seraph rebelled, “I protest is my throne to be lowered?” At the same instance one of the lesser Archangels, cried out, “Who is like God?” Who can refuse to believe and to adore that which He proposes, “I believe and I adore.” Pride brought the fall of the angels. The door of penance, through the merits of the Precious Blood, is open to men during the whole time of their life, while the corrupt angels found themselves immediately after their fall in the state in which sinful men will find themselves immediately after their death, facing the truth of their own trials. This thought should increase our devotion to the Precious Blood which is ever ready to cleanse us from our sins, especially in the Sacrament of Penance, and restore us to the friendship of God which is denied to the angels of darkness.
Therefore, let our personal battle cry be that of St. Michael, the archangel, “I believe and I adore!”