“Those closest to God in Heaven, the Seraphim, are
called the fiery ones because more than the other angels they take their fervor
and ardor from the intense fire of God.”—Italian Jesuit, Cardinal and Doctor of
the Church St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), “The Mind’s Ascent to God,” in Spiritual Writings, translated and edited by John Patrick Donnelly, S.J., and
Roland J. Teske, S.J. (1989)
The image accompanying this post is Seraphim,
Cherubim and Angels, by Italian Gothic period painter Jacopo di Cione (c.
1325–c. 1399) and his workshop.
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