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).
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 Continue reading “On God the Father – 1 – Living in Him, in Spirit and in Truth”
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 Continue reading “The true meaning of living in the Era of Peace”
“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 Continue reading “How Our Father manifests Himself – 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 . . . Continue reading “Meeting God the Father in Spirit and in Truth – Patristics”
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.
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, Continue reading “The Era of the 8th Day – 17 – On eschatology”
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 Continue reading “Worshipping the Father in Spirit and in Truth – 2 – Meaning”
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 Continue reading “Illumination and the heart of our souls – The gentle caress of the Father”
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 Continue reading “Meaning of the Illumination of Conscience – Illumination and sin”
“God made His Son man so that just as He comes to rest, as God, in the loving bosom of the Father (Jn 1:18), so as Man, He, and together with Him, all who are gathered in communion with Him, can also rest in God” (Staniloae, D. 1994. The experience of God: Revelation and knowledge of the Triune God, p. 71).
Three developmental phases characterize the spiritual life, our journey toward full union with God the Father: purification, illumination, and deification. These phases apply to ourselves both individually and collectively. Presently, we are in the first phase, that of purification of both individuals and the whole world, from all impurities and Continue reading “Where we are now”