Listen this interpretation from "Pope/St. Gregory the Great"

by Tarheel on September 30th, 2014

Found this nugget from Pope Gregory 1, who was one of the first "post-Roman rule" popes.
He said that an "angel" isn't a natural being (in whole) but rather that angel denotes a function(carrier) rather than nature (person). AND, that a carrier of a MAJOR message is an ARCH-angel. Of particular interest is his explanation of Michael, Rafael & Gabriel.

I think he's saying anyone can be an angel at times, but that doesn't mean anyone is particularly an angel all the time. I'm open to other interpretations.

*****From a homily on the Gospels by Saint Gregory the Great, pope: “The word 'angel' denotes a function rather than a nature”

You should be aware that the word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they deliver some message. Moreover, those who deliver messages of lesser importance are called angels; and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called archangels. […]

Some angels are given proper names to denote the service they are empowered to perform. In that holy city, where perfect knowledge flows from the vision of almighty God, those who have no names may easily be known. But personal names are assigned to some, not because they could not be known without them, but rather to denote their ministry when they came among us. Thus, Michael means “Who is like God”; Gabriel is “The Strength of God”; and Raphael is “God’s Remedy.”

Whenever some act of wondrous power must be performed, Michael is sent, so that his action and his name may make it clear that no one can do what God does by his superior power. So also our ancient foe desired in his pride to be like God, saying: I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of heaven; I will be like the Most High. He will be allowed to remain in power until the end of the world when he will be destroyed in the final punishment. Then, he will fight with the archangel Michael, as we are told by John: A battle was fought with Michael the archangel.
So too Gabriel, who is called God’s strength, was sent to Mary. He came to announce the One who appeared as a humble man to quell the cosmic powers. Thus God’s strength announced the coming of the Lord of the heavenly powers, mighty in battle.

Raphael means, as I have said, God’s remedy, for when he touched Tobit’s eyes in order to cure him, he banished the darkness of his blindness. Thus, since he is to heal, he is rightly called God’s remedy.*****

Let me know what ya'll think.
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