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Father Pascale Parente, Ph.D., S.T.D. and J.C.B., was a scholar, professor and author. He held a long-standing reputation on being the foremost authority on ascetical and mystical theology in the United States. He also served as professor at the Catholic University of America in addition to dean at the School at Sacred Theology. Father Parente's works are profound and expressed in simple, everyday language. He is the author of The Mystical Life, The Well of Living Waters, Susanna Mary Beardsworth, The Case of Padre Pio, and Beyond Space. After retiring to a country home in Cambridge, New York, he died in 1970.
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  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books; 1St Edition edition (December 3, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895555158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895555151
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Tom on January 1, 2001
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What first impressed me about this book was its clarity and brevity. What later impressed me was the depth of scholastic knowledge behind the positions that Fr. Parente advances.
He does not bring any new theories about angels to the table, nor does he swallow popular notions about angels whole. Simply, Fr. Parente restates the positions the Roman Catholic Church has taken on different aspects of angelic nature, while giving pertinent quotations from famous Christian thinkers.

Academically, the book provides documentation for all positions taken. Fr. Parente cites a number of theologians (including some that do not support the current theology of the Church) to show how and why the Catholic Church reached its current position on the matter at hand. He also gives relevant scriptural passages on which some teachings are based.
Structurally, the book is divided into sections, each of which addressing a particular question about angels. Especially of interest to me were the chapters on choirs (orders) of angels, and on the three 'famous' angels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.
Of note: this book is not an apologetic work. It is (in a sense) highly academic. Fr. Parente offers a concise summation of Catholic teachings on the angels, he does not actively defend them from naysayers. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn the Church's actual teachings on angels, or to any students who is interested in finding something other than popular conceptions on angels.
I enjoyed this book because of its brevity (around 150 pages) and the simplicity with which it treated the subject of the angels. Fr. Parente advances the concepts treated therein clearly, but it is also clear that he has a deep faith in God and the Roman Catholic Church. This attitude was a refreshing change for me from many of the books on religion that I have read, which treat religion in a purely academic sense. Fr. Parente believes in what he says, and it shows.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos VINE VOICE on November 21, 2005
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This book was originally released under the title 'Beyond Space.' This book is a great textbook to learn about The Catholic Churches view on Angels. It is extremely well documented with footnotes and a bibliography. There is no new material added, but it would take you reading numerous books and articles to acquire what is presented in this book.

Father Parente covers the position of the Roman Catholic Church and quotes theologians on both sides of his position. In part 1 of the book the author covers the basic questions. Such as: what is an Angel and about their creation. How like us earthly beings, Angels have free will and went through their own probationary period at one time. The hierarchy of Angels is covered, as are their titles. I enjoyed the section on the subject of the three named Archangels that we know of.

Part two of the book covers our Guardian Angels and Angelopanies. I found this the most interesting section myself. That people are assigned a Guardian Angel at birth to be their guardian. And the role they have with leaders and nations. The three examples of documented manifestations were very interesting.

If you have any questions about Angels, just read this book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Anne Rice on November 5, 2009
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I've read this very beautiful little book through and through about five times. It is indeed a complete education in angels, fully documented and written in an appealing style. What we know of angels of course comes largely from Scripture, but this book also examines the teachings of the great theologians on angels, and examines the experiences of some of the saints with angels as well. If one looks up every reference and reads through the Scriptural or theological passages in context, one will have a much greater appreciation for the celestial beings who guard us night and day. "About the Author" on page 4 of the book tells us Fr. Pascale Parente was a scholar and a professor teaching at the Catholic University of America for twenty-two years, and that Fr. Parente died in 1970. He is the author of a number of other books. Highly recommended, along with Peter Kreeft's Angels and Demons.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aquinas on April 13, 2009
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As someone who is terminally ill with cancer and believing that, post my death, my first meeting may be with the angelic realm, I found this book to be very informative.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Defillippo on August 31, 2007
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This is also a wonderful book on the Angels and how they relate to us in our lives, but more, it gives their history...their own creation, their test, their work in relation to the Church and the modern world.
I like the way Fr. Parente writes in a very easy to understand style, using Doctors of the Church (St. Thomas Aquinas, for one) to give a well-rounded and researched tome exactly what it needs to instruct the Faithful on the Angels and their work.
I highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2009
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Get over raw sentimentality about angels and learn something about them.

This book will open everybody's eyes to something about angels that they
had questioned in passing.

The answers are here!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ruditooty on November 28, 2011
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Extremely interesting and engaging, this book has a good foundation in scripture, tradition and Church teachings as it relates to angels, their mission and their relationship to each other and to God. Someone who wants to read a work based on research will find this book an excellent choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FC on September 29, 2013
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A short, informative and worthwhile book on God's creatures who eternally do His will in heaven and on earth. Firmly based on Holy Scripture, the Early Church Fathers, and the teachings and experiences of various Saints down through the ages.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and the snares of the devil. MAY GOD REBUKE HIM, we humbly pray, and do thou O Prince of the Heavenly Host, BY THE POWER OF GOD cast into Hell, Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

MARY, QUEEN OF HOLY ANGELS, PRAY FOR US!
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