I. The Four Bearings
"Bearing" is taken to mean a foundational direction or orientation. Just as the four points of a compass give us clear indication with regard to the way we should travel, in a similar way the four bearings act as fundamental orientations in the life of every member of the Work of the Holy Angels.
The four bearings represent mans proper response to the principle attributes of God. God is Holy, Wise, Just, and Omnipotent. In acknowledgment of Gods Holiness, man seeks the most fitting ways to adore and worship His holiness. In response to the Wisdom of God, man seeks the ways of meditation and contemplation to fathom the depths of His revealed Word. To respond to Gods Justice man strives to make reparation by expiation for offenses committed against His Divine Majesty. To participate in the strength of God, man seeks to discover and fulfill his God-willed mission. For more in-depth treatment each of these bearings, we refer you to the Formation Letters.
These bearings are common to many spiritualities in the Catholic Church. What makes the Work of the Holy Angels distinct is the attempt to accomplish each of these bearings in union and collaboration with the holy angels of God. We recommend the treatment of Fr. William Wagner which explains each of the four bearings in reference to the holy angels.
II. Six Traits Needed to Work with the Holy Angels
Members of the Work of the Holy Angels are encouraged to pray and invoke the help of the holy angels. But beyond that, they are also expected to cultivate in themselves the qualities needed to be open to the guidance and help of the holy angel. Six of the fundamental traits which dispose man to be better prepared for the inspiration of Gods holy angels are: to be silent, to be listening and obedient. These fulfill the admonition of God to Israel in mount Sinai. There He said to the chosen people: Behold I send an angel before you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place which I have prepared. Give heed to him and hearken to his voice, do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression; for My Name is in him." (Ex 23:20-21)
The last three traits are ones by which we seek to imitate the angels, and so become more disposed to their guidance. Poverty of spirit detaches man from the disordered, distracting preoccupations about temporal things, so as to enjoy the true freedom of the children of God. Purity is both the chastity of body, and purity of soul by which man, in accordance to his state in life, seeks to imitate the angels of God who are pure spirits. Fidelity demands a faithfulness to Gods will, the guidance of His Church on earth, to every legitimate superior, and the duties of ones state in life.
Devotion to Mary, Queen of the Angels
The Angels and the Cross of Christ
Other Formation Letters
The Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Trinity -Part 1 | The Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Trinty -Part 2
The Little Way: An Ordinary and Humble Way | The Heart of the Little Way: The Ardent Love of a Child
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