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. It can presently be found in Southern Europe.

TRANSLATIONS OF THE CONSECRATION PRAYER

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The deification of the Virgin Mary: A brief response

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

Many individuals these days, both in the Catholic Church (especially in America) and in Protestant ecclesial communities, tend to make the claim that the Virgin Mary is not deified, was not deified at the very instance of her conception, and has never been deified. Such a claim seems to be originating from the deep-seated fear, likely Protestant in origin, that the Holy Virgin is being worshipped with the worship that should be reserved for God alone, instead of just being honored as the Mother of God. Both, however, are wrong in their above-referenced claims. They are also wrong in their comprehension and use of the terms deification and worship.

What is worship?

Two kinds of worship exist: the worship of latreia and the worship of proskynesis (Bartolo-Abela, 2017). Latreia is the worship that is reserved only for God, whereas proskynesis is the relative worship that can be legitimately given to the saints. Proskynesis is more commonly understood by the people as veneration. However, it is still worship, even though not the kind of worship that should be reserved for God alone.

What is deification?

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, Sermon 166.4).

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, Dei Verbum, 1965).

The Most High knew that Adam wanted to become a god, so He sent His Son who put him on in order to grant him his desire (Ephraim the Syrian, Nisb. Hymns, LXIX.12).

According to Dionysus the Aeropagite, deification is defined as “the attaining of likeness to God and union with Him so far as is possible” (EH 1. 3, PG 3. 376a). Maximus the Confessor called deification “the invocation of the great God and Father, the symbol of the authentic and real adoption, according to the gift and grace of the Holy Spirit, thanks to the bestowal of which the saints become and will remain the sons of God” (Ad Thalas 61, PG 90, 636C; Scholia 6, ibid. 644C). Thomas Aquinas stated that deification allowed “this name God [to be] communicable, not in its whole signification, but in some part of it by way of similitude so that those are called gods who share in divinity by likeness, according to the text I have said, ‘You are gods (Ps 82:6)’ (Summa Theologica, Response to I.13,9).

Gross (1938/2002) explained that deification, [the] “divinization of the Christian is not an identification with God [but] an assimilation, a very eminent restoration of the original divine likeness [whereby one] participates by grace in the perfections that God possesses by nature . . . The Spirit transforms the soul to the image of the Logos, the natural Son of God, thus making the Christian an adoptive child of God. Affecting, it seems the very essence of the soul, this mysterious conformation is not of a moral nature only but of a physical nature; it is a veritable partaking of the divine nature and of the divine life (p. 272). Aquinas further elaborated that in deification “the gift of grace surpasses every capability of created nature, since it is nothing short of a partaking of the Divine Nature, which exceeds every other nature . . . God alone should deify, bestowing a partaking of the Divine Nature by a participated likeness” (Summa Theologica, 2.1:112.1).

The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary

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).

According to Pius IX (1854), “From the very beginning, and before time began, the eternal Father chose and prepared for his only-begotten Son a Mother in whom the Son of God would become incarnate and from whom, in the blessed fullness of time, he would be born into this world. Above all creatures did God so love her that truly in her was the Father well pleased with singular delight. Therefore, far above all the angels and all the saints, so wondrously did God endow her with the abundance of all heavenly gifts poured from the treasury of his divinity that this mother, ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect, would possess that fullness of holy innocence and sanctity than which, under God, one cannot even imagine anything greater, and which, outside of God, no mind can succeed in comprehending fully.

“And indeed it was wholly fitting that so wonderful a mother should be ever resplendent with the glory of most sublime holiness and so completely free from all taint of original sin that she would triumph utterly over the ancient serpent. To her did the Father will to give his only-begotten Son — the Son whom, equal to the Father and begotten by him, the Father loves from his heart — and to give this Son in such a way that he would be the one and the same common Son of God the Father and of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was she whom the Son himself chose to make his Mother and it was from her that the Holy Spirit willed and brought it about that he should be conceived and born from whom he himself proceeds” (Apostolic Constitution Ineffabilis Deus, para. 1-2).

Note: This would become known as the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the Catholic Church, a dogma that was implicitly and not-so-implicitly held also by the early Fathers of the Orthodox Church, namely the Byzantine Fathers.

Discussion

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

We are gods, not so by nature, but by grace. ‘But as many as received him he gave power of becoming sons of God.’ I made man for that purpose, that from men they may become gods. ‘I said: You are gods, all of you sons of the most High’ (Jerome of Stridon, Hom, 14).

When God was born to be man, the purpose was not that the Godhead should be lost, but that, the Godhead remaining, man should be born to be God (Hilary of Poitiers, De Trin, 10.7).

As can be seen from the above, the Virgin Mary is deified, was deified at the very instance of her conception, and has always been deified. Otherwise, she would not have been sufficiently worthy of being the Theotokos, the bearer of the sinless Word. The eternal Father Himself attested to Mary’s deification at the beginning of all time (Gn 3:15), as did her Son during the wedding at Cana (Jn 2:4) and the Archangel Gabriel during the Annunciation (Lk 1:28).

That having been said, the Virgin Mary is not God, nor has she ever been (or claimed to be) God. Deification does not mean that one becomes a god by nature – that is an erroneous understanding of deification; a false understanding borne of fear if not miseducation.

Deification is “God’s perfect and full penetration of man” (Staniloae, 2002, p. 362) and “all who share in this [divine] light are referred to as deified . . . above nature and virtue and knowledge . . . [as] this grace effects this ineffable union” (Gregory Palamas, 1338/1983). Hence as the Virgin Mary is, was, and will always be the Immaculate Conception, she is, as Palamas (2005) stated, the epitome of deification.

References

  • Bartolo-Abela, M. (2017). Icons as resistance: Challenging the new iconoclasm in the Catholic Church.
  • Dionysus the Aeropagite. EH 1. 3, PG 3. 376a.
  • Gregory Palamas. (1338/1983). The triads in defense of the holy hesychasts.
  • _____. (2005). Mary the Mother of God: Sermons by Saint Gregory Palamas.
  • Gross, J. (1938/2002). The divinization of the Christian according to the Greek Fathers.
  • Maximus the Confessor. Ad Thalas 61, PG 90, 636C.
  • _____. Scholia 6, ibid. 644C.
  • Pius IX. (1854). Ineffabilis Deus. 
  • Staniloae, D. (2002). The experience of God: Orthodox dogmatic theology, Vol. 2, The world: Creation and deification.
  • Thomas Aquinas. (1225-1274). Summa Theologica.

Pope Francis: ‘Say Abba, Father, but with the trust of a child’

“In the New Testament, the prayer seems to seek to arrive at the essential, to the point of being concentrated in a single word: Abba, Father. We have heard what Saint Paul writes in the Letter to the Romans: “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him, we cry, “Abba, Father” (8: 15). And to the Galatians, the Apostle says: “Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit Who calls out, “Abba”, Father (Gal 4: 6). Twice there returns the same invocation in which all the newness of the Gospel is condensed. After having known Jesus and listened to His preaching, the Christian can no longer consider God as a tyrant to fear; he is no longer afraid but rather feels the trust in Him flourish in his heart: he can speak to the Creator, calling Him “Father”. The expression is so important for Christians that often it is conserved intact in its original form: “Abba”.

“It is not only about using a symbol – in this case, the figure of the father – to link to the mystery of God; it is instead about having, so to say, all Jesus’ world poured into our heart . . . To say “Abba” is something much more intimate and more moving than simply calling God “Father”. . . We continue to say “Our Father”, but with the heart we are invited to say “Papa”, to have a relationship with God like that of a child with his father, who says “Papa” and says “Dad”. Indeed these expressions evoke affection, they evoke warmth, something that is projected to us in the context of childhood: the image of a child completely wrapped in the embrace of a father who feels infinite tenderness for him . . . Like a child in the arms of his father, his daddy. (more…)

What is the divine will of God? Response to a question

The question was asked, “What is the divine will of God?” The short, but complete, answer is, “That we all return to live in His Divine Heart from whence we were first conceived.”

The Third Passover, not the Second Coming

This bears repeating as questions keep coming about whether we are at the time of the Second Coming.

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Why are you so afraid, O you of little faith? (Mt 8:26).

Many in the Church these days, in particular traditional and traditionalist Catholics, as well as Evangelical Christians, predominantly located in America and in the Anglo-Saxon world, believe that we are fast approaching the time of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. They speak, both in content and in tone, as though the end of the world is nigh. However, these Catholics and Christians are mistaken in both their ‘predictions’ and beliefs, not to mention their desires.

This is not the time of the Second Coming; the exact time and day of which is not even known to Christ, but to the Father alone. It is the time of the Third Passover, the crossing over from the era of sin and disorder into the era of holiness, peace, and order; the era of joy on earth, the Reign of…

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Pope Francis again declares the inadmissibility of the death penalty

Pope Francis has once again confirmed the abolition of the death penalty in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its inadmissibility in the moral life of the 21st century. Speaking today to the Delegation of the International Commission Against Capital Punishment, Pope Francis said:

“Nei secoli passati, quando mancavano gli strumenti a nostra disposizione per la protezione della società e il livello di sviluppo attuale dei diritti umani non era ancora stato raggiunto, il ricorso alla pena di morte veniva talvolta presentato come una logica conseguenza. Anche nello Stato Pontificio si è ricorso a questa inumana forma di punizione ignorando il primato della misericordia sulla giustizia. Ecco perché la nuova formulazione del Catechismo implica anche assumersi la responsabilità per il passato e riconoscere che l’accettazione di questa forma di punizione era una conseguenza di una mentalità del tempo, che ha sacralizzato il valore delle leggi prive di umanità e misericordia.

“La pena di morte è sempre inammissibile perché viola la dignità della persona. Dio è un Padre che attende sempre il ritorno del figlio che, sapendo di aver commesso un errore, chiede perdono e inizia una nuova vita. Nessuno, quindi, può essere privato della sua vita o della speranza della sua redenzione e riconciliazione con la comunità. Capisco che per raggiungere l’abolizione in certi ambienti potrebbe essere necessario passare attraverso complessi processi politici. La sospensione delle esecuzioni e la riduzione dei reati punibili con la pena capitale, così come il divieto di questa forma di punizione per minori, donne incinte o persone con disabilità mentali o intellettuali, sono obiettivi minimi per cui i leader di tutto il mondo devono impegnarsi . . . c’e’ bisogno di una giustizia che oltre a essere padre sia anche madre” (The Holy See, December 17, 2018).

Translated:

“In previous centuries, when the means at our disposal for the protection of society were lacking and the actual level of development of human rights had not yet been attained, recourse to the death penalty was at times presented as a logical consequence. Even in the Pontifical State there was recourse to this inhumane form of punishment, ignoring the primacy of mercy over justice. That is why the new formulation of the Catechism implicates [the need to] assume responsibility for the past and the recognition that the acceptance of this form of punishment was the consequence of a mentality of the time, which sacralized the value of laws deprived of humaneness and mercy.

“The death penalty is always inadmissible because it violates the dignity of the human person. God is a Father who always awaits the return of the son who, knowing that he committed a mistake, asks forgiveness and starts a new life. No one, therefore, can be deprived of his life or of the hope of his redemption and reconciliation with the community. I understand that to attain the abolition [of the death penalty] in certain circles it may be necessary to pass through complex political processes. The suspension of executions and the reduction of [the number of] crimes punishable by the death penalty, likewise the prohibition of [the use of] the death penalty for minors, women who are pregnant, or persons with intellectual or physical disabilities, are minimum objectives toward which all the leaders of the world have to work . . . There is the need for a [form of] justice that apart from being father is also mother.”

Wrong catecheses – 1

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Incorrect catecheses abound these days about Catholicism even among those who pride themselves on being hard-identity Catholics who try to teach the Faith to others.

Below are three statements that have been made publicly about Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary during ‘evangelization’ efforts. These statements are quite misleading, if not outright distorting, in terms of the One True Faith. For the sake of accuracy, the fullness of the Catholic Faith and the faith of the people, they are addressed herewith:

1) Statement: “She [the Virgin Mary] remains human . . .  she is now a saint sitting at the feet of her Son praising His glory for all eternity.”

The above statement contains two errors: (1) that Mary “remains human,” and that (2) she is “sitting at the feet of her Son.”

Fact in relation to the first error: Mary, as she is in heaven, is human, but not a ‘common’ human. She is a deified human (as are all human persons in heaven) with the level of her deification being the highest attained by all those who have been created from both the angelic and human realms.

Fact in relation to the second error: Mary praises her Son for eternity, but she does not sit at His feet. That is just a romanticized idealization. The Virgin Mary is at the right hand of Christ, namely, At your right hand stands the queen clothed in the gold of Ophir (Ps 45:9).


2) Statement: “Only through the will of her Son . . . only by His will is it granted” [that Mary can hear intercessions].

The above statement contains three errors: two blatant, one hidden.

Fact in relation to the first error: It is not “through the will of her Son” or “only by His will is it granted” that the Virgin Mary can hear people on earth asking for her intercession. It is through the will of the Almighty Father, whose will is supreme. The will of the Unbegotten Father is paramount. Thus it is also the will of both the begotten Son and their Holy Spirit.

Fact in relation to the second error: Mary hears our intercessions in heaven in and through the Holy Spirit – who is nowhere mentioned in the above statement.

Fact in relation to the third error: The ability in heaven to hear the intercessions of people on earth is not restricted to Mary. Everyone in heaven other than God, high status or low status, knows what is happening on earth. This because every creature who is in heaven, whether angelic or human, is living in the overt fullness of the Holy Trinity.


3) Statement: “There can be no greater friend, after Christ, than His mother.”

Fact in relation to the error: The greatest of friends is the Almighty Father because Christ Himself said, The Father is greater than I (Jn 14:28). Further, Christ became incarnate and died on the Cross not so that we could know Him, but so that we could once more regain intimacy with God the Eternal Father through the Way Who is not the end in Himself.

 

 

 

Thy Kingdom Come – 3

The Intermediate Coming – The Coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will

“We know that the coming of the Lord is threefold: the third coming is between the other two and it is not visible in the way they are. At his first coming the Lord was seen on earth and lived among men, who saw him and hated him. At his last coming All flesh shall see the salvation of our God, and They shall look on him whom they have pierced. In the middle, the hidden coming, only the chosen see him, and they see him within themselves; and so their souls are saved.

“The first coming was in flesh and weakness, the middle coming is in spirit and power, and the final coming will be in glory and majesty.  This middle coming is like a road that leads from the first coming to the last. At the first, Christ was our redemption; at the last, he will become manifest as our life; but in this middle way he is our rest and our consolation. 

“If you think that I am inventing what I am saying about the middle coming, listen to the Lord himself: If anyone loves me, he will keep my words, and the Father will love him, and we shall come to him. Elsewhere I have read: Whoever fears the Lord does good things – but I think that what was said about whoever loves him was more important: that whoever loves him will keep his words. Where are these words to be kept? In the heart certainly, as the Prophet says I have hidden your sayings in my heart so that I do not sin against you.

“Keep the word of God in that way: Blessed are those who keep it. Let it penetrate deep into the core of your soul and then flow out again in your feelings and the way you behave; because if you feed your soul well it will grow and rejoice. Do not forget to eat your bread, or your heart will dry up. Remember, and your soul will grow fat and sleek.

“If you keep God’s word like this, there is no doubt that it will keep you, for the Son will come to you with the Father: the great Prophet will come, who will renew Jerusalem, and he is the one who makes all things new. For this is what this coming will do: just as we have been shaped in the earthly image, so will we be shaped in the heavenly image. Just as the old Adam was poured into the whole man and took possession of him, so in turn will our whole humanity be taken over by Christ, who created all things, has redeemed all things, and will glorify all things” (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermon 5 – In Adventu Domini).

For those who may want it

The original Act of Consecration to the Archangel Mikha’El as said at the Celestial Basilica, the Basilica-Santuario di San Michele Archangelo in Monte Sant’Angelo (Gargano). The deep below-sea-level cavern underneath the Basilica was consecrated by Mikha’El himself in 490, making it the only church in the world not consecrated by human hands. It is a UN World Heritage site and has been visited by several Popes and personages including Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, and Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

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Atto di Affidamento a San Michele Arcangelo

Principe nobilissimo delle angeliche Gerarchie,
valoroso guerriero dell’Altissimo,
amatore zelante della gloria del Signore,
terrore degli angeli ribelli,
amore e delizia di tutti gli Angeli giusti,

Arcangelo San Michele,
desiderando io di essere nel numero dei tuoi devoti,
a te oggi mi offro e mi dono.
Pongo me stesso, il mio lavoro,
la mia famiglia, gli amici e quanto mi appartiene
sotto la tua vigile protezione.

E’ piccola la mia offerta
essendo io un misero peccatore,
ma tu gradisci l’affetto del mio cuore.
Ricordati che se da quest’oggi
sono sotto il tuo patrocinio
tu devi assistermi in tutta la mia vita.

Procurami il perdono dei miei molti e gravi peccati,
la grazia di amare di cuore il mio Dio,
il mio caro salvatore Gesù,
la mia dolce Madre Maria,
e tutti gli uomini miei fratelli
amati dal Padre…

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The USCCB and the Vatican: The wrong questions

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And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son (Rv 12:3-4).

Everyone has become aware by now that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presently meeting in Baltimore, has been asked by the Holy See’s Congregation for Bishops to delay voting on their attempted creation of a Code of Conduct in relation to the clergy sex abuse crisis in America. Statements against statements have been made, with protocols against protocols, charters against charters, policies against more policies, and speeches against speeches galore. Take your pick. A hierarchy and a presbyterate that, at times, might seem rather ‘out of touch’ to the general public. An Americanist Catholic laity so entitled that they attempt to usurp the very powers of the Vicar of Christ, because they treasure their Americanism more than they do their Catholicism. And all this is, obviously, being carried out under the guise of ‘saving the Church’ – as if that were possible by mere human means.

In other words, rebellion and disorder. Seemingly ad infinitum.

Two things are missing in the aforementioned scenario and they are the following:

  1. God is not present where there is chaos, rebellion and disorder, because God is Order in Himself; and
  2. The wrong questions are being asked.

In attempting to understand the abuse of power that has occurred (and reportedly seems to continue occurring in some venues) and to seek wholesome remedies for it without scapegoating, one needs to depart from a very basic question and a very basic fact. Everything else will then flow naturally from there.

The basic question is the following and it needs to be answered with a “yes / no” response:

  • Do you believe that sex (of whatever kind) outside of (at a minimum) natural marriage is a mortal sin and that it results in the withdrawal of the indwelling of the Holy Trinity from the soul?

And the basic immutable fact is this:

  • God cannot live where the darkness of mortal sin resides.

Everything else that is happening, in terms of dialog and discussion, is just self-referential fluff.

Why is this happening?

The Fifth and Sixth Commandments are being violated in a ‘setting-of-the-stage’ scenario, in order to then violate the First Commandment (the ultimate aim). That is the underlying plan and it has been long coming.

Start, therefore, from the above question and the above fact if you want effective solutions, and everything falls into place. Start from elsewhere (as has happened) and you get chaos, disorder and rebellion.

The free-will choice is yours to make.

 

 

The planned violation of Universi Dominici Gregis by wealthy American Catholics

It is well-known that a certain faction of discontented right-wing individuals in the US, mostly converts and traditional conservatives, cannot stand Pope Francis and his return of the Catholic Church to its original Christian synodality, rather than high-brow monarchy, pomp and circumstance. It is also known that a group of such persons will stop at nothing to recreate the Church into their own perceived image and likeness of what it should be.

Their latest attempt, backed by deep capitalist money, is a proposed ‘Red Hat Report‘ on all the cardinals of the Catholic Church. It should be noted that this attempt is a direct and deliberate violation of Saint John Paul II’s apostolic constitution Universi Dominici Gregis with regard to papal conclave rules in terms of the blanket ban on “any external interference [including] in writing or by word of mouth, either directly and personally or indirectly and through others.” In other words they think they can influence papal elections in a parallel manner to how they influenced that of the US presidency.

These people, this group, publicly proclaim they “love the Catholic Church.”

They have forgotten that the Church is not an American Church and it does not belong to them. The Church is neither a committee nor the US Congress. The papacy is not the American presidency. The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, it is a universal Church, and no one ‘cleans it up’ (if there is any cleaning to be done) except Christ Himself.

The pride and arrogance manifested above do not originate with the Spirit of God.

You are the Judases of the Catholic Church

For all those calling for the resignation of Pope Francis, the valid and licit Vicar of Christ on earth, only the following suffices:

You are the Judases of the Catholic Church and of God Himself, despite all your claims to the contrary.

Ubi Petrus, ibi Ecclesia, ibi Deus.