Fusion with the Father

It is time – The relationship between the Father and the child

And everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or land for the sake of My Name will be repaid a hundred times over, and also inherit eternal life (Mt 19:29).

Give Him everything. It is time. Give Him everything without the slightest hesitation: everything you are and everything you are not; everything you have and everything you have not, down to the slightest thing. The Almighty and incomparable Father will supply and repay you like none other. He will repay you with a joy beyond description and He will give you His very own Self.

Yes, the Father will give you Himself and everything that is His in the entire universe, including His only-begotten Son in like (but not identical) manner to how He had given Him to the Virgin Mary – the coming of the Kingdom. Give yourself to the Heavenly Father, therefore, no matter who you are; no matter where you are. Give yourself to Him without fear, from the bottom of your heart. You can never lose, you can only gain.

NEW – Deification of Man in Christianity

Deification Front CoverDeification 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 (more…)

NEW RELEASE – The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives

The Divine Family.jpg Resized to 800 pxThe Apostolate of the Divine Heart announces the publication of its latest book titled The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives. The book is available directly from the publisher and the online bookseller Amazon. For those outside the US, you can obtain the book either from the respective Amazon sites or directly from the distributors.

In 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.  (more…)

Beautiful love

Beautiful love is the most tender Father of all, for He is beautiful beyond measure and Infinite Love. Truly what “no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man” (1 Cor 2:9) are what the Father has prepared for us, because He wants to live in us, giving us Himself forever in an unimaginable exchange of love. The Kingdom of God is where the Father is, because He is (more…)

What is deification? – Response to a question

Deification is the attaining of likeness to God and union with Him so far as is possible (Dionysus the Aeropagite, EH 1. 3, PG 3. 376a).

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).

Deification or the “divinization of the Christian is not an identification with God [but] an assimilation, a very eminent restoration of the original divine likeness [through a process where one] participates by grace in the perfections that God possesses by nature” (Gross, 1936/2003). Deification results (more…)

Purification – The ascent

Purification in the desert is an ascent, for all our untoward attachments are removed so the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – can come and live in us. If we are not thoroughly purified this way, how can we open ourselves up sufficiently for Them to come and live in us with power and might? Perfect light and life cannot dwell where darkness resides. This is why we are presently being (more…)

Worshipping the Father in Spirit and in Truth – 5 – Becoming partakers of the divine nature

The process

The following aptly describes the process by which we become capable of worshipping God the Father in Spirit and in Truth (cf. Jn 4:23-24), as He so longingly and longstandingly desires:

“God descends to man in two senses, although simultaneously. By one descent He places in us an activity of divine love for Him, by the other He opens Himself up before our love, which is from (more…)

Seeing God the Father – 3 – From the Core of the Father’s Divine Heart

Those who have not seen this light have not seen God: for God is Light (Symeon the New Theologian)

“Divine love descends from above as a fire over a sacrifice passively laying on a mountain peak or on an altar before the unseen God. Then divine love can ravish it that it might by itself go beyond the curtains of darkness which hide God from men . . . The mind which no longer sees even itself (more…)

Meeting and knowing God – Patristics

“If you have not discerned that the eye of your mind has been opened,
And that it has seen the light;
If you have not perceived the sweetness of the Godhead;
If you have not been personally enlightened by the Holy Spirit . . .  (more…)

The Illumination of Consciences – Outcomes and the last chance

“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8)

When the global Illumination of Consciences occurs, for those who embrace its resultant graces, we will be purified and illuminated fully in the heart of our souls (John of Damascus), resulting in our becoming true “participants and communicants in Your light and divinity” (Symeon the New Theologian) – partakers of the divine nature (2 P 1:4) truly adoring the Father in Spirit and (more…)

Appropriateness of Devotion to God the Father

Devotion to God our Almighty Father: Appropriateness and doctrinal value

“In John’s Gospel, Jesus, in His conversation with the Samaritan woman, announces a new devotion: ‘The hour is coming and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father also seeks such to adore him’” (Jn 4:23; Galot, 1999).

“Devotion to the Father began with Jesus. How can it not be ours too? . . . For how many Christians is the Father, today, a living person? . . . [Meanwhile] preachers and spiritual directors who have spread it, have pointed out with joy the profound effects of purification and sanctification which it brings forth in souls. It seems as though there is a special grace attached to it. Why? (more…)

After the Great Chastisement – 3 – Living in the Era of Peace

“The wolf will live with the sheep and the leopard will lie down with the kid; and a calf, a lion whelp and a fatling will walk together, and a young child will lead them. A cow and bear will graze and their young will lie down together; and a lion, like cattle, will eat hay. A suckling will play by a viper’s hole and a newly weaned child will stretch his hand toward an adder’s lair. They will neither injure (more…)

Loving Our Father – Thought for the day

We love Him, we pray to Him, we complain and gripe endlessly to Him, we ask Him for help in many of our daily situations. But how many of us actually sing to God the Father out of heartfelt love for Him? Our Almighty Father loves hearing us sing softly to Him, praising and worshiping Him, telling Him of our love for Him, with the wholeness of our hearts. Moreover, we do not even need to do this (more…)

Why we need to be purified – Thought for the day

Our individual purification and the collective purification of the earth is at hand, because since He is more pure and holy, and He desires to establish His Reign on earth without further delay, only one thing is impossible for God our Almighty Father. That is “to be joined in union with something impure before it has been cleansed” (Palamas, G. 2005. Mary the Mother of God, p. 11).

On God the Father – 1 – Living in Him, in Spirit and in Truth

God the Father, uncircumscribed and uncreated, is “always good by nature, so He is always generative by nature . . . [He] represents all paternity and only paternity in relation to a unique Son, who represents all sonship and only sonship in relation to the Father . . . [Thus] when we think of Him as Father and call Him Father, He is understood exclusively as Father and He is related totally (more…)

The true meaning of living in the Era of Peace

How shall we be living in the era of peace, after the great Chastisement has been fulfilled? Unlike for many, if not most, of us living presently in the era of the flesh, during the era of peace we will be living thoroughly spiritualized lives – lives we cannot even begin to conceive of, right now – because the said era will, in effect, be the era of the Reign of the Father, in the intensely Eucharistic  (more…)

How Our Father manifests Himself – Patristics

“God permits Himself to be seen face-to-face, not in enigmas . . . He becomes attached to those worthy as is a soul to its body, to its own members; that He unites Himself to them to the extent of dwelling completely in them, so that they too dwell entirely in Him, that ‘through the Son, the Spirit is poured out in abundance on us’ . . . [Thus] God allows Himself to be seen according to (more…)

Meeting God the Father in Spirit and in Truth – Patristics

The following is an accurate description of what it is like to meet the Beauty and Majesty of God our Almighty Father on His Throne, in Spirit and in Truth. This description was written by Gregory Palamas, the saint-theologian of the Divine Light:

The Divine Light “is not the essence of God, for that is inaccessible and incommunicable . . . (more…)

Leading others to Our Father – Thought for the day

If we are not steeped in prayer – genuine prayer from the heart; if we are not attached to God, making Him central in our lives, and actively living in His Holy Spirit, how can we hope to lead others to Our Father, rather than in the opposite direction? We cannot. Indeed, we will not, for only God has the power to lead, through His grace. We are simply His hands and feet on earth; nothing else.

Toward the Era of the 8th Day – Seeing the Father: Purification, illumination and the day of the Lord

After becoming purified, “God no longer comes to us as before without appearance and without image . . . He comes under a certain image, and yet it is the image of God . . . [He makes] Himself seen in His simplicity, formed out of formless, incomprehensible, ineffable light . . . He makes Himself seen clearly, he is perfectly recognizable, He speaks  (more…)

The Era of the 8th Day – 17 – On eschatology

Eschatology is not what many of us simplistically like to think it is: that is, a Kantian “epistemological category, which allows us quietly to continue our earthly activities without concerning ourselves about what belongs to ‘another plane'” (Lossky, In the image and likeness of God, p. 223). Eschatology, in both essence and fact, (more…)

Worshipping the Father in Spirit and in Truth – 2 – Meaning

Worshipping God the Father in Spirit and in Truth (Jn 4:23) – that is, in the Spirit Who Is the Holy Spirit and in the Truth Who Is Jesus Christ – we are, in essence and fact, worshipping the Father both in and through the “uninterrupted remembrance of Him” (Gregory Palamas, The triads, p. 54) in our whole beings. This is what it means (more…)

Illumination and the heart of our souls – The gentle caress of the Father

When the heart of our souls, the nous, has been re-opened to the Presence of God the Father, through our acceptance of the illumination of the soul, at times we will literally start feeling our Father interiorly caressing our souls, in the very core of our beings: precisely through the heart of our souls. With great gentleness and tenderness, we will  (more…)

Meaning of the Illumination of Conscience – Illumination and sin

The illumination of one’s soul, better known as the illumination of conscience, is in essence and fact the healing of the soul that is ill, for it entails reopening the heart of the soul, the nous, to God the Father and His Truth, Jesus Christ; hence, to Knowledge – true (interior, experiential) knowledge – of God, after it has been closed and repeatedly (more…)