Angels 'like sunlight that refracts on you through a crystal vase,' Angelogist says
Contrary to popular belief, angels don't have wings
Angels have become more popular and mainstream with New Age thought permeating the secular world. "Angelogist" Father Renzo Lavator in Rome says that to the contrary, real angels don't have wings. Rather, "They are a bit like sunlight that refracts on you through a crystal vase."
"You do not see angels so much as feel their presence," he said at a recent conference. "They are a bit like sunlight that refracts on you through a crystal vase."
Speaking in Rome, he added: "I think there is a rediscovery of angels in Christianity."
The root of the word "angel" comes from "angelos" first spoken in the Mycenaean civilization in Greece more than 3,000 years ago. The word means "messenger" in ancient Greek.
Angelic visions appear in many religions and mythologies. They are usually depicted as having feathered wings on their backs and halos above their heads.
Angels are generally considered messengers of God in Christianity.
Lavator took part in a debate this week on angelic art by the Fondazione Archivio Storico, an Italian art foundation, and was held in the Vatican-owned Palazzo della Cancelleria.
"Following the cultural history of angels is following the history of humanity, or at least of our civilization," the organizers said.
"Angels have helped drive religious and philosophical thought and have given birth to sublime forms of poetic and artistic expression."
Lavator is dismissive of all the angel art presented around Christmas time. "There is space for that, but you have to understand that these are not real representations.
The widely-published Catholic clergyman is also a "demonologist." He adds that angels are more needed than ever because increasing secularization and materialism in society have left an "open door" for the devil. "There is a lot more interference from diabolical forces. That is why you see queues of people outside the exorcists' offices in churches.
"Pope Francis talks more about the devil than about angels and I think rightly so. But it's still early, he will get round to the angels too."
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