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GOD THE FATHER (2010-2013)

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“I want everyone to venerate My Divine Heart, because it is the Heart of a Father who loves His children with Infinite Love. Anyone who adores My Divine Heart atones for a multitude of sins. Console My Divine Heart and repair from your hearts (…) In this manner, peace – My Peace – will come on earth. Joy, Happiness, and Love will reign in the world once more.”

“My Divine Heart is the Heart of a Father Who loves His children to folly (…) a refuge for all men to come and rest in It, as a haven from the cares and burdens of the world (…) I desire to be loved, honored, worshipped, and venerated by all My children (…) Do not deny your Father this plea. I will accept anyone who comes to Me with a sincere heart.”

“This Devotion is in atonement for all the blasphemies committed against My Divine Heart (…) Many of the consequences of the Chastisement can be averted if (…you) pray sincerely and honestly to My Divine Heart. Whoever devoutly worships My Divine Heart pays Me homage, reparation for the tremendous agony and sorrow that I endure from My creation, due to the multitude of its sins. True reparation calms My Wrath and consoles My wounded Heart (…) Anyone who genuinely loves Me will console Me, otherwise he will be responsible for having let the fullness of My Wrath fall upon mankind.”

Note: The diptych, ecumenical, revealed icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts was written by Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A., according to the original pencil drawing of the Divine Heart. After completion, the icon was kept on the altar in the chapel of Saint Thomas of Villanova Friary (USA) for many liturgies. The icon was blessed by Fr. Cannuli both with a regular blessing and the Holy Eucharist. Presently, the icon of the Divine Heart is in S. Europe.

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Who is the Father of Jesus Christ? – Response to a question

God the Father2The question was asked, “Who is the Father of Jesus (Christ)?” The answer is simple. The Father of Jesus Christ is God the Father – Him who was, is and always will be; the Creator, the first Person of the Holy Trinity. God the Father is almighty, the Unbegotten who willed His own hypostasis and begot His only Son, Jesus – also God, the second Person of the Holy Trinity – from eternity. It is in the bosom, the Divine Heart of the Almighty Father that Jesus resides and has always resided since before the entire universe was created. It is to show us and enable us to know God the Father that Jesus came on earth in His humanity, as well as to redeem us and reconcile us with the beautiful Father who also becomes our Father when we are baptized. It is God the Father to whom Jesus points and leads us to, whenever we go to Him.

On deification – 3

Deification versus Salvation

He was made man that we might become god (Athanasius of Alexandria, De Inc, 54.3). 

Through Christ, the Word made flesh, man has access to the Father in the Holy Spirit and comes to share in the divine nature (Paul VI, 1965).

Many, especially in Western Christianity, tend to commingle the terms deification and salvation as though they have the same meaning, but this manifests poor understanding of the two terms as originally meant by the Fathers of the Church. In fact, when the language and context of deification and theosis are replaced with the language and context of salvation, Patristic theology becomes, in effect, displaced by Reformation language (Kharlamov, 2010), with the consequent loss of the original meanings. Salvation is part of deification, but

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On deification – 2

Is it not written in your Law: I said, you are gods? (Jn 10:34).

He has given us most great and precious promises: that by these you may be made partakers of the divine nature (2 P 1:4).

Two kinds of deification exist. The first kind refers to the

elevation of man to the highest level of his natural powers, or to the full realization of man…[when] the divine power of grace is active in him…[The second kind refers to the] progress which man makes beyond the limits of his natural powers, beyond the boundaries of his nature, to the divine and supernatural level (D. Staniloae, 2002, p. 363).

For man to pass from the first kind of deification which is well-known, to the second (more…)

On deification – 1

What is deification?

Deification is the attaining of likeness to God and union with Him so far as is possible (Dionysus the Aeropagite, EH 1.3, PG 3.376a).

God, you see, wants to make you a god; not by nature, of course, like the One whom He begot but by His gift and by adoption (Augustine of Hippo, Serm. 166.4).

Deification can be defined as “God’s perfect and full penetration of man” (Staniloae, 2002, p. 362). The deification or divinization of man is not “an identification with God; it is only an assimilation, a very eminent restoration of the original divine likeness…[whereby one] participates by grace in the perfections that God possesses by nature . . . (more…)

God the Father icon in Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography

APPROACHING THE DIVINE FRONT COVERThe diptych ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts has just been featured in the newly released book Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography by the world-renowned iconographer and Villanova University professor of art, Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A. (Hope & Life Press, 2014). The icon is featured in the section Icons of God the Father. The icon had been written by Fr. Cannuli based upon the original pencil drawing of the Divine HeartApproaching the Divine is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions.

Happy Thanksgiving 2014 to all readers

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A tribute to God our Father by Sr Margaret Mary, S.D.M.

trinityThe site God the Father Calls: The Great Circle of Love is a tribute to our loving Father set up a few years ago and maintained by Sister Margaret Mary, S.D.M., a Catholic hermitess in Maine. I am posting it here in public recognition of the humble, but never failing, work Sister Margaret did to encourage people to return to live in the Divine Heart of God our Father.

Sister Margaret Mary loved our Heavenly Father with great intensity and was very close to Him. And He loved her back with particular fondness and fatherly affection. She could not wait to return home to Him, to live forever in our Father’s bosom. Whenever we met, and this was not infrequent, we would talk for days about devotion and dedication to our beautiful Father.

Sister Margaret Mary recently passed away after a fairly painful struggle of about a year a half with cancer. Should you feel so inclined, please do pay a visit to the site she has left us in legacy and say a prayer for her soul. Thank you for your kindness.

On God the Father – 3 – Thought for the Day

He comes in humility, without any fanfare – just like His Son came when He was born.

The Father and the Son

How much the Son, Jesus Christ, loves the Heavenly Father! Christ does not just love us with the whole of Himself to the extent of having died on the Cross for us. He loves the Father – His Father and our Father – with the entirety of His being. It is a love inconceivable and utterly crazy to some, but awe-inspiring to see. Infinite Love loves Infinite Love with infinity.

On the Divine Heart of God our Father – 12

“Our Father’s Paternal Heart is a refuge, a fortress, and a sanctuary for us. It is an ocean of love and mercy, a sea of bliss, and a paradise for each and every child to return to, when he or she is left alone in a world of emptiness and false illusion. Our Father’s Heart is, as Christ showed us in Gethsemane, where we are to go when there is nowhere left to go and no one left to turn to. His Heart is, quite simply, our true Home, where we all are invited to return. This is the deeper mystery of the Father’s Heart, a mystery we are all called to seek and to find. (more…)

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 11

“Everything has been entrusted to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Mt 11:27).

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 10

“The great mystical tradition of the Church of both East and West has much to say in this regard. It shows how prayer can progress, as a genuine dialogue of love, to the point rendering the person wholly possessed by the divine Beloved, vibrating at the Spirit’s touch, resting filially within the Father’s Heart” – Saint John Paul II.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 9

“In Paradise the Son is residing within the Heart of the Father, conversing with the Father in the Garden over Adam” – Saint Hippolytus.

The Signs of the Times – 30

“I am astonished at the promptness with which you have turned away from the one who called you and have decided to follow a different version of the Good News. Not that there can be more than one Good News; it is merely that some troublemakers among you want to change the Good News of Christ; and let me warn you that if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one we have already preached to you, whether it be ourselves or an angel from heaven, he is to be condemned. I am only repeating what we told you before: if anyone preaches a version of the Good News different from the one you have already heard, he is to be condemned” (Gal 1:6-9).

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 8

“God therefore goes in search of man who is His special possession in a way unlike any other creature. Man is God’s possession by virtue of a choice made in love. God seeks man out, moved by His Fatherly Heart” – Saint John Paul II.

Devotion to the Divine Heart of God our Father

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 7

As a child, “the Father lifted me from the ground up to His Heart” – Saint Faustina Kowalska (1987). Divine Mercy in my soul: The diary of Sister M. Faustina Kowalska, p. 461. Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 6

“It is not so much the length of a prayer, but the fervor with which it is said which pleases almighty God and touches His Heart” – Saint Louis de Montfort (1960). The love of eternal wisdom, p. 13. Bayshore, NY: Montfort Publications.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 5

“The chorus of the Church Triumphant and those of the Church Militant are united to our Lord in this divine action, so that with Him, in Him and through Him, they may ravish the Heart of God the Father and make His mercy all our own” – Saint Francis de Sales, in Ryan, J. K. (1972). Introduction to the Devout Life – St Francis de Sales, p. 104. Garden City, NY: Image Books. 

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 4

“Return to that most loving Heart of your Father, which is full of love and mercy for you, which will receive you home, heaping upon you blessings. Return, you transgressors, to the Heart, ‘which means to My Heart that is all yours, since I have given it entirely to you'” – Saint Eudes, in Milcent, P. (1963). Saint John Eudes, p. 130. Glasgow: John S. Burns and Sons.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 3

“The Son lives by the Father, because He is the Word given forth from the Heart of the Father, because He comes forth from the Father, because He is begotten of the bowels of the Father, because the Father is the fountain and root of the Son’s being” – Saint Ambrose, in Willis, J.R. (2002). The teachings of the Church Fathers, p. 185. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press.

The Icon of the Divine Heart featured in Cannuli’s Approaching the Divine

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 2

“A Father’s Bosom is a fit and becoming seat for a Son” – Basil the Great, in (1997) On the Holy Spirit. Westwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press.