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.

TRANSLATIONS OF THE CONSECRATION PRAYER

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Signs of the times – 31

“And the prophet [Jeremiah], having received an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should follow with him, and that he went out to the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God. Jeremiah came and found a cave-dwelling, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense; then he sealed up the entrance. Some of those who followed him came up intending to mark the way, but could not find it. When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: ‘The place shall remain unknown until God gathers His people together again and shows His mercy'” (2 Mac 2:4-7).

The purity of the Heavenly Father

The Almighty Father is pure and perfect; immaculate in His holiness – a purity and a holiness that amaze even the angels themselves. Yet in this day and age, many – if not most – have allowed themselves to become impure under a variety of rationalizations and this in more ways than one. How, therefore, do you expect to meet the Father and live with Him for eternity if you do not genuinely renounce and remove impurity from your lives?

Actions, not words, manifest the genuine Christian

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father (Mt 7:21).

It is actions, not words or official affiliations, particularly in the little necessities of everyday life, that manifest who is the true Christian at heart, because anyone can say words and a multitude of them at that. It is only he or she, however, who truly holds the Spirit of God in their heart and soul, who can genuinely act as a Christian in the true sense of the word.

There is always hope

There is always hope for everyone, despite the blackness, the pervasiveness and the persistence of some of our sins. Always, there is hope; always! Because Mercy and Love are among His most prominent names.

Return to live with genuineness in our Father’s Heart! Return to that most tender and loving of hearts – the tenderness and love of which you cannot even begin to conceive. Return to live in His Divine Heart as you once resided and both the sorrow of your heart and your ceaseless tears will be relieved. Return with sincerity to Him Who had been your first love (Rv 2:4). Do not let the circumstances of either your youth or of today cloud the judgment you once had.

Do not let the pain of the past and of the present ruin your future – in particular, your eternal future. Pray for grace and it shall indeed be granted to you in abundance, because our Father never stopped loving you with the infinity of His Divine Heart.

Thank You, beautiful Father

Thank You, most beautiful and infinitely loving Almighty Father, for all the graces You have given us out of the sheer goodness of Your Divine Heart. We love You, we adore You, and we worship You.

So that they may be one as We are One

The heart and joy of the Father

“Our condition, as children of God, is the fruit of the love of the heart of the Father. It does not depend on our merits or our actions, thus no one can take it away from us. No one can take this dignity away from us, not even the Devil! . . . In whatever situation in life, I must not forget that I will never stop being a child of God – of a Father Who loves me and awaits my return. Even in the worst situation in life, God waits for me and wants to embrace me . . . We all need to enter the house of the Father and participate in His joy, in the feast of mercy and of fraternity” (Pope Francis, General Audience, May 11, 2016).

How can you love the Father without the Son?

How can you love the Eternal Father without the Son?  And how can you truly love the only begotten Son without also loving the Eternal Father, since They are One (in the Spirit; Jn 17:22-23)? How can you desire and welcome One, but not the Other?

Is Hell reserved only for Satan and demons?

The question was asked, “Is Hell reserved only for Satan and demons?” The answer is in the negative. Hell is also reserved for human persons who die with mortal sin/s on their souls, for which they do not feel contrite. Hell is very real and everlasting.

The first words of Adam to God – Response to a question 

The question was asked, “What were the first words that Adam said to God?” The answer is beautiful and telling in its simplicity. After having been created from the clay, the mud, of the ground, the first man, Adam, being at that point full of grace, looked at God and told Him, “I love You, my Father.”

The Sacred Thorns bleed again with the Precious Blood of Christ

Two of the Sacred Thorns that were part of the Crown of Thorns that Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, was forced to wear during His Passion – one in Andria (below), the other one in Bari, Italy – have commenced bleeding again with the Precious Blood of Christ. This miracle, which has been happening for centuries, occurs whenever Good Friday and the Solemnity of the Annunciation fall on the same day as they did two days ago.

Pray for those who have lost their faith 

This Easter season, pray for those who have lost their faith and are publicly denying the Resurrection of Christ, particularly those who are Catholic/Orthodox priests/former priests, so that they may be granted the grace of faith anew by God, despite their denial, as they remain priests forever in the order of Melchisedek.

Happy Easter to you all

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Christ is risen! Happy Easter!

Relics of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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Ex Ligno Vera Crucis

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Detail – Ex Ligno Vera Crucis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two short, thick pieces of wood from the True Cross upon which Our Lord, Jesus Christ was crucified. This precious relic is from the (former) Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Diaberkir, Turkey.

 

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Ex Columna Flagellationis

From the Pillar of the Flagellation to which Christ was tied to be scourged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ex Fune

Short strands from one of the ropes with which Christ was tied during the Scourging at the Pillar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purple Tunic

De Purpurae

From the purple robe that Christ was forced to wear before the Crowning with Thorns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacra Spina

Ex Spina Coronae

From the Crown of Thorns that Christ was forced to wear, while being mocked as King of the Jews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shroud

De Sacra Sindone

From the Holy Shroud in which Christ’s Body was wrapped for burial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ex Petra Unctionis, Ex Sepulcro

From the Stone of the Anointing (bottom left) and the Holy Sepulcher where Christ was buried after the Crucifixion (top left).

 

 

 

 

 

Pray for peace

For the wages of sin is death, but the grace of God, life everlasting, in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 6:23).

Pray for peace. Turn away from sin and pray with all your hearts for peace to the God who is Himself Peace, so that the Kingdom will descend into the hearts of mankind and the promised era of peace (Rv 20:1-3) is granted sooner, rather than later, to the whole world.

Peace – 2

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding (Ph 4:7), is gratuitously granted to all men of good will. Ask for it, therefore. Do not hesitate to ask for it with genuineness of heart, and the Almighty Father will grant it to you in the heart of your soul.

The Will of the Almighty Father

Christ said, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, ‘For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Mt 19:4-6).

The Divine Will of God the Almighty Father in relation to marriage, for those who are baptized Christians, is that one man and one woman give themselves to each other, with the intent for life, in and through the covenant of sacramental marriage. Anything else is neither of God, nor from God, despite man-made revisionism and precludes grace, because the Holy Spirit Who is God cannot live where the darkness of sin resides.

Peace – 1

Everyone is seeking peace, particularly in these our increasingly chaotic times, but many, if not most, are seeking peace in the wrong direction. Seek and find peace in your heart first, that imperturbable peace which only God gives in and through the very heart of your soul, and everything else around you will fall naturally into place.

Is lucidity fantasy or commencement of deification? Christianity v. psychology

REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

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Some writers have defined lucidity as following fantasy, and being a natural continuation of it, within the purported psychological framework of Lacan’s initial meaning of the sinthome. This was apparently done in an attempt to downplay or completely alter the real significance of lucidity; wilfully or otherwise. However, such an assertion is not true because fantasy and lucidity belong to two different orders – realms, levels – of functioning, in relation both to the nature and the abilities of common man.

Fantasy, on the one hand, belongs to Lacan’s order of the Imaginary, which is one of the psychological orders. It originates from man. No true insight or understanding are present in fantasy, otherwise it would not be fantasy in the first instance. Lucidity, on the other hand, belongs to the order, the realm, of the Spirit, which is the supernatural order (not to be confused with the preternatural order). It originates from…

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A question to ponder

When is the last time you have been to confession – the sacrament of Reconciliation with God? How often do you go? If infrequently or not at all, why is that? What slowly led to that? Do you think you can truly live life to the full without the sanctifying grace of God? What do you think happens to you, in your daily life, when you lose sanctifying grace and remain unwilling to regain it?

Was Christ a narcissist or not? Christianity v. psychology

REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

Jesus ChristUsing Christ as the epitome of the martyr, some have attempted to define the Christian martyr as a first-class egotistical, fanatical narcissist for whom nothing else counts except the unbrokenness – the unfragmented purity and integrity, if you will – of the self-image. This attitude and disposition was termed “extraordinary.” The Christian martyr was also defined as starving of all natural desire, to attain this unattainable fantasy-based goal.

In the attempt, however, to explain the martyrdom of Christ’s human nature from within such a weak – starving – purported viewpoint of psychology, these writers failed, intentionally or otherwise, to consider five basic facts (four of them spiritual) that cannot be reduced to mere psychologizations. These facts are that

  1. Christ was the only-begotten Son of God (the Father);
  2. The difference between image and likeness in the nature of mankind;
  3. The ontology of the extraordinary;
  4. The natural desires experienced by Christ the Man; and
  5. The real reason He died on the…

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First time after 1000 years

“That they may be one as We are One” – Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (as released by the Vatican Press Office).

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).

1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy Spirit Consolator, we, Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, have met today in Havana. We give thanks to God, glorified in the Trinity, for this meeting, the first in history.

It is with joy that we have met like brothers in the Christian faith who encounter one another “to speak face to face” (2 Jn 12), from heart to heart, to discuss the mutual relations between the  Churches, the crucial problems of our faithful, and the outlook for the progress of human civilization.

2. Our fraternal meeting has taken place in Cuba, at the crossroads of North and South, East and West. It is from this island, the symbol of the hopes of the “New World” and the dramatic events of the history of the twentieth century, that we address our words to all the peoples of Latin America and of the other continents.

It is a source of joy that the Christian faith is growing here in a dynamic way.  The powerful religious potential of Latin America, its centuries–old Christian tradition, grounded in the personal experience of millions of people, are the pledge of a great future for this region.

3. By meeting far from the longstanding disputes of the “Old World”, we experience with a particular sense of urgency the need for the shared labour of Catholics and Orthodox, who are called, with gentleness and respect, to give an explanation to the world of the hope in us (cf. 1 Pet 3:15).

4. We thank God for the gifts received from the coming into the world of His only Son. We share the same spiritual Tradition of the first millennium of Christianity. The witnesses of this Tradition are the Most Holy Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, and the saints we venerate.  Among them are innumerable martyrs who have given witness to their faithfulness to Christ and have become the “seed of Christians”.

5. Notwithstanding this shared Tradition of the first ten centuries, for nearly one thousand years Catholics and Orthodox have been deprived of communion in the Eucharist. We have been divided by wounds caused by old and recent conflicts, by differences inherited from our ancestors, in the understanding and expression of our faith in God, one in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are pained by the loss of unity, the outcome of human weakness and of sin, which has occurred despite the priestly prayer of Christ the Saviour: “So that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you … so that they may be one, as we are one” (Jn 17:21).  (more…)

Have faith

God the Father2Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you (Mt 17:20).

Nothing is impossible for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: your Father. But you need to have faith and you need to be not afraid or proud to ask Him – to beg Him, with the entirety of your heart – to help against all odds.