Consecration to the Divine Heart of God the Father (Rev. Ed.). The consecration prayer to the Father is now available in the English, French, Italian, Latin, Maltese, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian languages.
The Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic, English, Greek, Latin, Russian. In this small book one can find the Lord’s Prayer in five languages, namely in Aramaic, English, Greek, Latin, and Russian. The Aramaic version presented herein is in Peshitta.
The Stations of the Cross. A beautiful and colored vintage set of the Stations is presented in print for the first time. This set of fifteen images was created by an unknown Spanish painter in the early twentieth century and comes from a private collection. According to oral tradition, it was Mary, the Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ, who first set up stone markers outside at her home when she lived in Jerusalem, so that she could prayerfully retrace each one of the steps of her Son’s Passion. This small book is intended to facilitate meditations on Christ’s Passion for Lent and Holy Week with its color illustrations. It is also intended to preserve this set of the Stations for posterity, while making it widely available.
Devotion to the Divine Heart of God the Father (3rd ed.) This book provides the consecration 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 the Father had requested be made and enshrined in His honor. Selected messages from God the Father, given from 2010 through 2012, which together with scriptural evidence are the basis for this devotion are included, in addition to 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 Previously unpublished and new messages, a thorough elaboration of the aims of the devotion and meaning of the icon components, a reproduction of the actual icon, and the complete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 rosary are available in this book.
Deification of Man in Christianity. 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).
The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Apologia and Canon. 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.
The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives. 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.
Icons as Resistance: Challenging the New Iconoclasm in the Catholic Church. The Western Catholic Church is fast losing her centuries-old sense of the uncreated beauty of God, as manifested through the created beauty of sacred art, by buying into postmodern minimalism for the adornment of new churches. This loss is occurring despite the Church’s longstanding tradition as Patroness of the Arts and the 1999 call of Saint John Paul II for the urgent need to return to “epiphanies of beauty” in Catholic churches worldwide. In the meantime, icons and iconographic frescos that populate Orthodox churches remain much sought after by believers and non-believers alike for their timeless beauty and inescapable sense of the transcendent. Will the People of God be able to resist the new iconoclasm characterized by facelessness in the Western Catholic Church through the triumphant and hidden power of icons. This book documents a series of engaging conversations about the role that icons have in the Church at large and the role they can play at present in the Roman Catholic Church itself.
The Warrior-Prince: Saint Michael the Archangel. A serious paucity of accessible and reliable literature exists, in a single place, on St. Michael the Archangel. Written simply, with icons and a comprehensive bibliography included, that is derived from Judeo-Christian scholarship and tradition, this small book is intended to fill that need in relation to the great, humble, but ever-powerful warrior and guardian of the universal Church. The book is particularly suitable for those who do not know the Archangel Michael or who desire to know more about him. According to the Greek Fathers, the Archangel Michael is the prince of the Seraphim and the defender of the Faith. The Mozarabic Breviary establishes Michael’s place in heaven above that of the 24 elders mentioned in Sacred Scripture.
The Divine Heart of God the Father (2nd ed.). 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.
Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine (Rev. ed.). Exploring the question of the Executive Orders titled Protecting the Nation from the lens of Scripture and the teachings and praxis of the Catholic Church, Bartolo-Abela elucidates in this book how race is the key sociopolitical ordering factor at play in the history and current state of America in relation to fundamental human rights and the inviolable dignity of human persons. She explicates the underlying nature and stunning demographics of a newly-defined American alt-right population, and shows how two antithetical forms of Christianity and Catholicism are being actively employed in the United States, at the intersection of politics and religion, to further a multidimensional racial agenda. Bartolo-Abela reminds readers how an effective remedy to America’s conflict does exist in accordance with the Faith and provides recommendations for non-violent change.
- “Struck me to the core. Bartolo-Abela magnificently presents the bottom line of America’s 21st century alt-right and Catholic Social Doctrine by utilizing true data . . . provides a hard look at ourselves and awakens readers to draw out a decisive outcome of the future.”
- “Impressive documentation of systematic discrimination since the foundation of America.”
- “Challenges American Christians to ask if the Gospel of Trump is compatible with the Gospel of Christ . . . A passionate book unafraid of controversy.”
- “Very fair book, needs to be read by those driven in a conservative direction . . . Tribalism and Catholic Social Doctrine simply do not mix. Catholics can surely have nothing to do with the alt-right movement. This book quite rightly tells us to be cautious about the Right” – Catholic Medical Quarterly.
Thoughts for the Day: Reflections for the Soul. In this book are over 390 brief reflections that can be used for daily spiritual growth, about our relationship with God the Father and His Divine Family. Topics include being a child of God, the infinite love of our Father’s Divine Heart, His intense desire for us. The interplay between the Divine Heart, Will and Infinite Love, as well as the Three Hearts and the heart of our souls. More topics are growing in love and holiness, experiencing the peace, joy and happiness of Heaven while on earth, living in the Holy Spirit, and reaching the fullness of our inheritance.
The Deification of the Virgin Mary in Christianity. Many claim that the Virgin Mary has never been deified. This claim seems to originate from the entrenched fear that the Holy Virgin is being offered the kind of worship that should be reserved for God alone. However, a close examination of Scripture and the writings of the Early Fathers of the universal Church shows that, contrary to popular opinion and the present conceptualization of Christianity, especially in the Western Church, the Virgin Mary is deified, was deified at her conception, and has always remained deified.
Relics of the Passion. An illustrated and well-referenced overview, history, and provenance of nine famous relics of the Passion of Christ. The relics presented are the True Cross, the column and ropes of the flagellation, the very rare purple robe, the crown of thorns, the True Effigy, the burial shroud, the stone of the anointing, and the holy sepulcher.
The ‘O’ Antiphons: Latin and Greek with Gregorian Chant, Old Hymnary and Scripture References. Provides readers with the Great Antiphons, the Magnificat antiphons to be used during Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in the Western Rite of the Catholic Faith. They are also used as the Alleluia verses on the same days during Mass. Each antiphon refers to the prophecy of Isaiah in relation to the coming of the Messiah. The title of each antiphon is one of the names of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and one of His attributes as mentioned in Sacred Scripture. The antiphons are presented in Latin and English, with both Gregorian chant notation and old hymnary music. Abundant Scripture references are given for each antiphon.
The Rule of the Theotokos According to Saint Seraphim of Sarov. Devotional that contains the prayer rule originally given by the Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, to a monk in eighth century Egypt. It was prayed by Christians at the time, then fell into disuse. The rule was revived by the great Russian saint, Seraphim of Sarov, who advocated that all his spiritual children pray it daily to ensure their salvation. The Rule is made up of 150 recitations of the Angelic Salutation with corresponding meditative mysteries on the lives of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and the Theotokos, together with accompanying prayers as well as introductory and final prayers. Each meditation is illustrated by a traditional icon of the mystery in full color. The book also contains photographs of five different precious relics of the Theotokos that have been handed down throughout the centuries to the Christian faithful from the Patriarchs of Jerusalem.