"God Could Not Be to Angels What He Is to Man"?

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Question: Will you explain the statement that “God could not be to angels what He is to man—grace, patience, mercy, love, as shown to sinners?”
O. P.
Answer: The first and last of these manifestations here named serve to make all clear. “Grace” means favor, and especially to one altogether undeserving through guilt, which is “love as shown to sinners.” Patience bears with those whose ways are trying; mercy too compassionates the needy. None of these descriptions can properly apply to the elect angels, who alone of course can be thought of. The Word made flesh, the Son of God, come of woman, explains why it is, and above all when we add His glorifying the Father in life, and glorifying God as God by His death for sin and our sins.