The Votive Mass of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Texts & Lectionary comprises selections from the Roman Missal, 3rd Typical Edition and Mass Lectionaries (Vols. I & II), 2nd Typical Edition, for use in the Dioceses of the United States of America. This Votive Mass, with its accompanying Lectionary, is offered as a convenience to those private persons who wish to celebrate this temporary Votive Mass with suggested readings. Publication of this particular Texts and Lectionary of the Divine Heart of the Father constitutes a first in the history of the universal Church. The Mass of the Divine Heart is composed of authorized Mass texts, with several options for each text and the Consecration (Seal) Prayer to the Father, all of which have been selected specifically to express the love of God the Father for humanity. It is hoped that through this Votive Mass, which was ultimately the work of the Father, His Divine Heart and universal Fatherhood will be celebrated everywhere in the world, in accordance with the deepest desire of His Divine Heart. 56pp.
Devotion to the Divine Heart of God the Father (3rd ed.)
The third, revised edition of the new Devotion to the Divine Heart of God the Father, provides the vital Consecration (Seal) Prayer to the Father for our present and forthcoming times. Complete details about the Seal of the Father, its importance for our times and its meaning for the salvation of souls are given, as in the Book of Revelation. The desires of the Father’s Divine Heart, the seven aims of the devotion, and the formal prayer format for cenacles to the Almighty Father are presented. Full details and the meaning of the diptych, ecumenical, revealed icon of the Divine Heart are provided, which icon the Almighty Father requested be made and enshrined in His honor. Selected messages from God the Father, given from 2010 through 2012 that, together with Scriptural evidence, are the basis for this devotion are included, as well as messages from Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary and Archangel Michael. Previously unpublished and new messages, a thorough elaboration of the aims of the devotion and meaning of the icon components, a reproduction of the actual icon, and the complete prayers of the Holy Rosary are now available in this book. 148 pp. Also available as audiobook.
Deification is the transformation of man into god through the grace of God. Predominant in the theology of Eastern Christianity, but marginalized and obscured in contemporary interpretations of the theology of Western Christianity, Bartolo-Abela explores how it is deification, not just salvation, that was and remains the intent of God for mankind, with deification occurring not solely in patria, but in via and in patria. This is an understanding of deification which has been largely lost and needs to be recovered in the Western Church.
Examining the works of the Church Fathers on both sides of the East-West divide in Christianity, Bartolo-Abela shows that rather than being restricted to the East, deification featured consistently in many theological works popular in the West, with the most prominent being those of Aquinas, Augustine, Hilary of Poitiers, Irenaeus and Jerome. Bartolo-Abela argues that it was deification, not just salvation as commonly understood, that was also inherently referred to by Paul VI in the universal call to holiness found in Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.
Deification is the process of man becoming god and attaining theoria, seeing God, after purification of the heart and illumination of the heart of the soul have ensued through baptism in the Holy Spirit, as understood throughout tradition. Deification from this life, not solely the next, is the desire of God for mankind in accord with the words of Christ and Peter, “I said you are gods” (Jn 10:34) and “partakers of the divine nature” (2 P 1:4). 56pp. Also available as audiobook.
Some reviews of the book:
- “Very good introduction to the Deification/Theosis of man, the very purpose of all our lives…replete with credible references.”
- “Short, but sweet.”
The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Apologia and Canon.
In The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father, the background of the revealed, diptych, ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts is presented, together with the related Consecration (Seal) Prayer to the Almighty Father. The icon apologia and canon are elucidated. The ecumenical importance of the icon of the Divine Heart for the universal Church is addressed, together with the basis for the icon in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, as well as its meaning for our present times and eschatological future. The aims of the icon, history of God the Father in iconography, and pertinent Church Council decrees are explored. The history of the first icon of the Eternal Father in the Catholic Church is given, with evidence of the Divine Paternal Heart, including Scriptural evidence, and the history/revelations of this second icon of the Father in the Catholic Church. A summary theology of the Divine Heart icon is outlined, with reference to the liturgy, Catholic/Orthodox mysticism, the era of the eighth day and deification of man, the universal call to holiness, and the de-Christianization of our times. 108pp. Also available as audiobook.
In The Divine Family, the lived experiences of the author with the Members of the Divine Family and others are presented openly in print for the first time. These experiences occurred from 2010 through 2012. Written predominantly in a dialogical narrative style suitable for believers and non-believers alike, the author chronicles first-hand some of her personal experiences with the archangels Michael and Raphael; demons and Satan, the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father.
Topics include a comparative description of the archangels, the reality of Hell and Satan together with the power of consecration to the Almighty Father; the power of sacramental confession, various descriptions of the Virgin Mary, including Her incomparable motherliness, Her power against evil spirits and the unparalleled beauty of Her singing. Descriptions of Jesus Christ include His actions during the illumination of conscience, His presentation by the Father, the immeasurability of His love and the process which ensues between the Father and the Son when the former speaks. The description of the Holy Spirit portrays Him as a pillar of sweetness and love. Descriptions of God the Father include His manner of being during the illumination, how He is in relationship as a Father, His tirelessness in seeking out His children, the intimacy He profoundly desires and the infinite love of His Divine Heart. The epilogue addresses the deification of the Virgin Mary according to the early Christians and Greek Fathers of the Church. 86pp. Also available as audiobook.
Some reviews of the book:
- “Very well written and full of amazing experiences.”
- “Consumed it, could not put it down. Must read it again and again.”
- “Powerful, inspiring.”
- “It is striking.”
- “Well written and experiences are expressed in clear, easy descriptions.”
The Divine Heart of God the Father (2nd ed.)
In The Divine Heart of God the Father, 2nd edition, an intimate portrayal of God the Father and His Divine Heart is provided through brief narratives. Topics include how our Father is in relationship with us, the inestimable beauty of His Majesty; His sweetness, softness, gentleness and tenderness as Almighty Father. His profound thirst for union with us, deep sorrow at our distance and urgent call for us to return to live in His Infinite Love. The process of union with God the Father from the heart of our souls to the Core of His Divine Heart is described, from the context of the New Israel and intersecting relationships with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Holy Spirit and the Heart of the Holy Trinity. The tapestry of interplay between our Father’s Divine Heart, Will and infinite love is explained, while the upcoming reign of the Father in the Eucharistic Era of the Holy Spirit is introduced. 106pp. Also available as audiobook.
The Divine Heart of God the Father in Scripture
In The Divine Heart of God the Father in Scripture, it is elaborated how God the Father is a divine spirit. Unlike His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who became the God-Man through the Incarnation, the Heavenly Father cannot be said to have a heart in the human sense of the term. Yet, throughout Scripture, the Father has often referred to His Heart within the context of His relationship with humanity. This book provides a factual overview of the 28 references that can be found in Sacred Scripture about the Divine Heart of God the Father, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. These references are derived from and presented in a side-by-side comparison from three major Scripture sources, namely the Latin Vulgate, the Septuagint (LXX), and the Masoretic Text (Yahwist Source). Also available in audiobook edition.
What is the Magisterium of the Catholic Church?
The Magisterium of the Catholic Church has been much misunderstood by Catholics and non-Catholics alike both throughout history and in present times. Addressing the nature of the Magisterium as defined by Vatican Councils I and II, the Constitution on the Faith, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this book provides a factual and easy-to-understand outline of the basic principles of the Magisterium, what it is and what it is not, and its relationship to Christian believers. It also gives an in-depth look at what constitutes the ordinary magisterium of the Pope, as well as the intrinsic nature of papal indefectibility and infallibility. Also available as audiobook.
Can ‘Just War’ Exist?
In Can ‘Just War’ Exist?, it is elaborated how Just War doctrine has been a feature of Christianity since ancient times. But can a war ever be just? Addressing the ‘just war’ concept from its formulation in the writings of Saints Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, through Patristics, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, and the writings of modern Popes including Saint John XXIII and his landmark encyclical Pacem in Terris, this book outlines the slow, but steady, movement away that has taken place from the original concept as postulated by the Scholastics. It also presents the conclusions of postmodern Christian leaders on ‘just war’ including those of Pope Francis, the Patriarch Bartholomew I, and the 2017 Vatican first-ever conference on the subject. Also available in audiobook edition.
Migrants and Refugees in Catholic Social Doctrine
In Migrants and Refugees in Catholic Social Doctrine, it is shown how migrants and refugees have long been considered vulnerable populations within Christianity, but many, Christians included, remain to this day insufficiently knowledgeable about the specificity of the Church’s views on the matter. Addressing the way in which the Catholic Faith has regarded voluntary and forced migration from the time of Pope Pius XII onwards, this book provides the teachings of the Catholic Church about the fundamental human rights of migrants and refugees, commencing with Exsul Familia Nazarethana, Pacem in Terris, and Gaudium et Spes. These are followed by the writings and speeches of various Popes on the subject, including those of Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, in addition to the more structured teachings on the subject as set forth in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
Is the Death Penalty Just?
In Is the Death Penalty Just?, it is elaborated how capital punishment has been a feature of society since the beginning of time. But is the death penalty just? Addressing the issue of capital punishment right from the beginning of its appearance in the Book of Genesis in Sacred Scripture, together with the writings of modern Popes on the subject including Blessed Paul VI and Saint John Paul II, this book outlines the slow, but steady, movement away from the death penalty as punishment in civilized societies within the context of the inviolable dignity of the human person. It also presents the conclusions of postmodern Christian leaders including Pope Francis on the death penalty as an unnecessary and particularly barbaric form of torture in today’s world. Also as audiobook.