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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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.

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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.

Wilful ignorance and sin

Not every kind of ignorance is the cause of sin, but that alone which removes the knowledge which would prevent the sinful act…This may happen on the part of the ignorance itself, because, to wit, this ignorance is voluntary, either directly, as when a man wishes of set purpose to be ignorant of certain things that he may sin the more freely; or indirectly, as when a man, through stress of work or other occupations, neglects to acquire the knowledge which would restrain him from sin. For such like negligence renders the ignorance itself voluntary and sinful, provided it be about matters one is bound and able to know (Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, I-II, q. 76, a.1, a.3).

There will always be those who mock that which they do not understand

I wish to remind you, although you know all things, that [the] Lord who once saved a people from the land of Egypt later destroyed those who did not believe. The angels too, who did not keep to their own domain but deserted their proper dwelling, He has kept in eternal chains, in gloom, for the judgment of the great day. Likewise, Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding towns, which, in the same manner as they, indulged in sexual promiscuity and practiced unnatural vice, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

Similarly, these dreamers nevertheless also defile the flesh, scorn lordship, and revile glorious beings. Yet the archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of Moses, did not venture to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him but said, “May the Lord rebuke you!” But these people revile what they do not understand and are destroyed by what they know by nature like irrational animals. Woe to them! They followed the way of Cain, abandoned themselves to Balaam’s error for the sake of gain, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are blemishes on your love feasts, as they carouse fearlessly and look after themselves. They are waterless clouds blown about by winds, fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead and uprooted. They are like wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shameless deeds, wandering stars for whom the gloom of darkness has been reserved forever. Enoch, of the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied also about them when he said, “Behold, the Lord has come with his countless holy ones to execute judgment on all and to convict everyone for all the godless deeds that they committed and for all the harsh words godless sinners have uttered against him.” These people are complainers, disgruntled ones who live by their desires; their mouths utter bombast as they fawn over people to gain advantage.

But you, beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, for they told you, “In [the] last time there will be scoffers who will live according to their own godless desires.” These are the ones who cause divisions; they live on the natural plane, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. On those who waver, have mercy; save others by snatching them out of the fire; on others have mercy with fear, abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh.

To the one who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished and exultant, in the presence of his glory, to the only God, our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, power, and authority from ages past, now, and for ages to come (Jude 1:5-25).

 

The heart of the Father: God does not desire loss of any souls

Dio non vuole la nostra condanna, ma la nostra salvezza. Dio non vuole la condanna di nessuno, qualcuno potrà dirmi che la condanna di Pilato potrebbe essere giusta, o anche di Giuda, ma invece no! Il Dio della Misericordia vuole salvare tutti, il problema è chi vuole farsi davvero entrare Dio nel cuore . . . Ecco cosa il Signore dice attraverso il profeta Ezechiele: “Forse che io ho piacere della morte del malvagio […] o non piuttosto che desista dalla sua condotta e viva?” Questo piace a Dio. Questo è il cuore di Dio, un cuore di Padre che ama e vuole che i suoi figli vivano nel bene e nella giustizia, e perciò vivano in pienezza e siano felici. Un cuore di Padre che va al di là del nostro piccolo concetto di giustizia, per aprirci agli orizzonti sconfinati della sua misericordia – Papa Francesco, Udienza Generale del 2/3/2016.

“God does not want our condemnation, but our salvation. God does not want the condemnation of anyone. Someone could tell me that the condemnation of Pilate could be considered just, or even that of Judas, but no! The God of Mercy wants to save us all, the problem is who really wants to allow God to enter into his heart . . . Here is what the Lord says through the prophet Ezekiel: “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked […] or rather that he desists from his evil ways and live?” This is what is pleasing to God. This is the heart of God, the heart of a Father who loves and wants that His children live in goodness and justice, thus live in fullness and become happy. The heart of a Father who goes beyond our narrow concept of justice, to open up for us the boundless horizons of His mercy” – Pope Francis, General Audience on 2/3/2016 in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City.

The stupid and the wise

My people are gone into captivity because they have no understanding. Its nobles are famished, its masses are parched with thirst. Therefore Hell enlarges its throat and opens its mouth beyond measure; down into it go nobility and masses, tumult and revelry. All shall be abased, each one brought low, and the eyes of the haughty shall be humbled. But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted by judgment; by justice the Holy God shall be shown to be holy. Then shall the lambs graze as at pasture and young goats shall eat in the ruins of the rich.

Woe unto them who draw iniquity with cords of perversity and sin as if with cart ropes! Who say, “Let him make haste; let him speed his work that we may see it. And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it!” Woe unto them who call evil good and good evil; who change darkness to light and light into darkness; who change bitter to sweet and sweet into bitter! Woe unto them who are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them who are mighty to drink wine and masters of mingling strong drink! Those who acquit guilt for bribes and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall rot and their blossom shall go up as dust. For they have rejected the instruction of the Lord of hosts and scorned the word of the Holy One of Israel (Is 5:13-24).

The torpor of mankind

They would not grasp the love of the truth which could have saved them. This is the reason why God is sending a power to delude them and make them believe what is untrue. To condemn all who refused to believe in the truth and chose wickedness instead (2 Thes 2:10-12).

The world remains asleep, profoundly mired in its deceptions, despite the increasing warnings given by God to rouse humankind. It does not want to hear and it does not want to see. Above all, it does not want to admit, because it does not want to change. Such is the reality of our present world. Despite all that has occurred, is occurring, and will continue to occur with ever-growing frequency, the world remains profoundly lethargic and seemingly content in its torpor.

How long do you expect this state of affairs to last, before retribution is meted out by the Divine Justice? Man deliberately rejecting the Father, His Son, and Their Holy Spirit to continue rebuilding the tower of Babel, in a renewed attempt to take for himself the power of God and become god without the need for God? Such an attempt has been repeatedly made both throughout history and before history itself began. But it has always failed, despite those who believed otherwise, including those whose natures were higher than our own and who believed they knew better than God.

What makes you think, therefore, O man, that you are going to succeed in your endeavor this time around? Or do you intend to continue to attempt to rewrite history? Have you become so full of yourself, so blinded, that it has become impossible for you to comprehend even the most basic facts? The love and mercy of God the Almighty Father are infinite; that is true. But it is equally true of His Righteousness and Justice. How long, therefore, do you think you can provoke God with deliberate and, at times, overtly malicious intent without sorrow for what you keep on doing, without bringing down upon yourself and on others consequences for what is truly in your heart?

O man, how you have allowed yourself to be deceived! To what extent have you bought into the lie! How blind you have become, you who were once clothed with the light of splendor – the Divine Light; bought for you through the pain of the Cross, precisely so that you could be robed once again with the light that was lost at the beginning of time! How can you have let your senses become so thoroughly appropriated by the Evil One that you now think of darkness as light, and of true light as darkness? By what contortions of reason disjointed from the One, True Faith – reified reason – can you ever hope to obtain light from darkness, given that darkness can never give out true light, since only the Light and Life Himself can create and provide that which you seek without end?