Spirituality of the Heart

Actions, not words, manifest the genuine Christian

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father (Mt 7:21).

It is actions, not words or official affiliations, particularly in the little necessities of everyday life, that manifest who is the true Christian at heart, because anyone can say words and a multitude of them at that. It is only he or she, however, who truly holds the Spirit of God in their heart and soul, who can genuinely act as a Christian in the true sense of the word.

On deification – 5

Deification and Theosis

Suddenly the Almighty reveals Himself in boundless humility. The vision floods our entire being and instinctively we bow in adoration…Prayer to this God of love and humility rises from the depths of our being…Brought from nothingness into life, man is drawn by His Creator into the fullness of divine life (Arch. Sophrony, 1997).

Only those found worthy of seeing the uncreated Light are able to gain true knowledge of God (Vlachos, 2010).

When deification occurs, it is not solely the soul which takes part in theoria but also the body, for man sees the divine light and hears the voice of God after both his soul and the physical senses have been transformed by divine grace (Vlachos, 2010). Theoria is defined as seeing the glory of God through union with Him and deification.  (more…)

God the Father icon in Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography

APPROACHING THE DIVINE FRONT COVERThe diptych ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts has just been featured in the newly released book Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography by the world-renowned iconographer and Villanova University professor of art, Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A. (Hope & Life Press, 2014). The icon is featured in the section Icons of God the Father. The icon had been written by Fr. Cannuli based upon the original pencil drawing of the Divine HeartApproaching the Divine is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 11

“Everything has been entrusted to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Mt 11:27).

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 10

“The great mystical tradition of the Church of both East and West has much to say in this regard. It shows how prayer can progress, as a genuine dialogue of love, to the point rendering the person wholly possessed by the divine Beloved, vibrating at the Spirit’s touch, resting filially within the Father’s Heart” – Saint John Paul II.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 9

“In Paradise the Son is residing within the Heart of the Father, conversing with the Father in the Garden over Adam” – Saint Hippolytus.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 8

“God therefore goes in search of man who is His special possession in a way unlike any other creature. Man is God’s possession by virtue of a choice made in love. God seeks man out, moved by His Fatherly Heart” – Saint John Paul II.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 7

As a child, “the Father lifted me from the ground up to His Heart” – Saint Faustina Kowalska (1987). Divine Mercy in my soul: The diary of Sister M. Faustina Kowalska, p. 461. Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 6

“It is not so much the length of a prayer, but the fervor with which it is said which pleases almighty God and touches His Heart” – Saint Louis de Montfort (1960). The love of eternal wisdom, p. 13. Bayshore, NY: Montfort Publications.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 5

“The chorus of the Church Triumphant and those of the Church Militant are united to our Lord in this divine action, so that with Him, in Him and through Him, they may ravish the Heart of God the Father and make His mercy all our own” – Saint Francis de Sales, in Ryan, J. K. (1972). Introduction to the Devout Life – St Francis de Sales, p. 104. Garden City, NY: Image Books. 

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 4

“Return to that most loving Heart of your Father, which is full of love and mercy for you, which will receive you home, heaping upon you blessings. Return, you transgressors, to the Heart, ‘which means to My Heart that is all yours, since I have given it entirely to you'” – Saint Eudes, in Milcent, P. (1963). Saint John Eudes, p. 130. Glasgow: John S. Burns and Sons.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 3

“The Son lives by the Father, because He is the Word given forth from the Heart of the Father, because He comes forth from the Father, because He is begotten of the bowels of the Father, because the Father is the fountain and root of the Son’s being” – Saint Ambrose, in Willis, J.R. (2002). The teachings of the Church Fathers, p. 185. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press.