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 Continue reading “NEW – Deification of Man in Christianity”
“You are just, O Lord, and all Your judgments are just, and Your ways mercy and truth and judgment. And now, O Lord, think of me and do not take revenge on my sins, neither remember my offences, nor those of my parents. For we have not obeyed Your commandments, therefore we are delivered to spoil and to captivity and death, and are made a fable and a reproach to all nations among which You have scattered us. And now, O Lord, great are Your judgments, because we have not done according to Your precepts and have not walked sincerely before You” (Tob 3:2-5).
“For Judah rejoiced in the officiating priests and Levites. It was they who performed the liturgy of their God and the duties of purification – and the cantors and gatekeepers too – in accordance with the ordinances of David and his son, Solomon. For from ancient times, from the days of David and Asaph, there had been guilds of cantors and canticles of praise and thanksgiving to God” (Neh 12:44-46).
The question was asked, “What does ‘the divine inheritance’ mean?” The response is simple, though by no means brief if answered in depth. The divine inheritance means we are called to literally inherit everything God the Father has, with Himself as Perfect Love above all else. And you have no idea what that is like, what perfect bliss and joy it entails, until you have tasted it. Continue reading “What is the meaning of the divine inheritance?”
“And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her, a thousand two hundred sixty days” (Rv 12:6).
In the desert, just like the Children of Israel after their exodus from Egypt, we are stripped of everything that attaches us to our present world. But, in the desert, there is joy, love and happiness for there is God.
To be a child of God means to be an adoptive member of the Divine Family.
When we become children of the living God by taking steps to rediscover our true heritage and giving the Almighty Father our fiat with sincerity of heart, in essence and in fact, we become adoptive members of the Divine Family. The Family – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and, yes, even the Mother* – take us in. They take us into Their Hearts and envelop us in Their bosom, showering us with all we need to become gods by grace (2 P 1:4; Ps 82:6). Continue reading “What does it mean to be a child of God?”
For those of you who have a heart of flesh, not of stone or of granite:
Please make reparation to God our Father for the abandonment of His Son once again, exposed, in various chapels and churches. He is left there all alone, in the full nakedness of His sacred Body, with absolutely no one to keep Him company; no one in sight. His Eucharistic Heart of love is literally abandoned and no one cares. Those most dear to the Son’s Heart where this is happening do not listen: they refuse to listen. The indifference is great. No local processes work. Please make sincere reparation – no matter how small – from your hearts, for the abandonment in Gethsemane being repeated and inflicted once again without respite upon Jesus Christ, our Lord. Only grace will change hearts; nothing else. Thank you for heeding this call.
“Trouble is coming to the rebellious, the defiled, the tyrannical city! She would never listen to the call, would never learn the lesson; she has never trusted in Yahweh, never drawn near to her God. The leaders she harbours are roaring lions, her judges, wolves at evening that have had nothing to gnaw that morning. Her prophets are braggarts, they are impostors; her priests profane the holy things, they do violence to the Law. Continue reading “Against Jerusalem – For the universal Church and the People of God”