The Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, has passed away on the 2019 feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
A bi-ritual Catholic priest and visual arts professor at Villanova University, who studied under the Russian master iconographer Vladislav Andrejev, Cannuli had in 2011-2012 been given the grace by the Heavenly Father to write His icon of The Divine Heart Encompassing All Hearts. He was a part of the Apostolate of the Divine Heart almost from its beginning.
In love with God the Father and Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, God at last granted Fr. Cannuli, aged 72 years, the greatest, deepest and incessant desire of his heart: to see Him as He is [cf. 1 Jn 3:2] and this precisely on the feast day of the Savior’s Transfiguration.
Picture of the diptych icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father visiting and being venerated in the humble abode of a Latino family in the United States of America. Also present are a relic of the True Cross of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the apostles.
The 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 Heart. Approaching the Divine is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions.
The symbolic language of the icon is “incomprehensible to the sated flesh, to the heart full of longings for material things. But it becomes the very fabric of life when these longings collapse and an abyss opens at our feet. Then we need a firm foothold at the edge of the abyss, we need to feel the motionless calm of the icon above our tribulations. And the joyous vision of a sobor, a church of all creation above the bloody chaos of our existence becomes as necessary as our daily bread. We need Continue reading “Why an icon not a painting? – 3”
“At all levels – the artistic, the spiritual, the political and the domestic – icons reveal a profound concern for the integration and inter-relationship of the spiritual and the material, the sacred and the secular” (J. Baggley, 1987, Doors of Perception).
“The wider significance of the events portrayed [in the icon] has to be worked out in the soul of those who behold the icon; what the icon represents may have been manifested at a precise point in time and space, but its fuller significance is found in the inner world where the true work of purification, illumination and union have to be accomplished” (Fr. John Baggley, 1987, Doors of perception: Icons and their spiritual significance, p. 82).
More about why it was an icon, not a painting, that was requested by God the Father for consecration and veneration can be found here.
The icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts has now been featured in the Christian Art and Christian Theme Artwork galleries at Fine Art America.
Why have we been given the icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – an icon of a heart and Person generally invisible in nature, in comparison to the incarnate Son of God who visibly took on our humanity? Because “visible things in so far as they represent invisible things without shape so that in giving the visible things a physical shape, we can have a veiled knowledge of them . . . the mystery of the Trinity is reflected in the sun, its light and its rays” (Egon Sendler, 1988, The Icon: Image of the Invisible, p. 80).
“Visibility of the invisible, this portrayability of the unportrayable, is what the icon is” (Bulgakov).
“Visible icons are the seeing of the invisible. They are products and representations by visible images of divine traits and ineffable and elevated contemplations” (Dionysus the Aeropagite).
“God sketched His image in the creature and this divine image is, therefore, imageable” (Bulgakov).
According to iconoclasts and many iconographers of the traditional stripe, it is impossible – heretical even – to have an icon either portraying God the Father or an attribute of Himself. To this effect, both groups of people quote Jn 1:18 from Scripture: “No man has seen God at any time.”
But setting aside the fact that the Father Himself asked that such icons be made and both showed Continue reading “The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – More apologetics – 1”
FOR HIS GLORY
The Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts – Original Narrative of 26th May 2010
At around 5.45pm, I was again in an inner room in my house. The sun came right back at me, in front of all the trees I have at the back of my house (normally the trees obscure the sun). Its rays again started flashing and twinkling, and I saw God’s Heart (again) – gray, with folds, membranes and so on, again – pulsating as though He was breathing. The rays kept on going back and forth, as though beckoning me to go back out into my back yard, which I did. As soon as I reached my back yard, the sun became immensely brilliant. Rays radiated all around me, I felt God’s warmth and love penetrating right into the depths of my being, and I saw myself staring again, without any problems, straight at the very core of the sun. Continue reading “Description of God the Father – 5”
FOR HIS GLORY
The Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts – Original Narrative of 25th May 2010
Yesterday evening, at around 6pm, I was in one of the inner rooms in my house, when I suddenly saw a ray of sunlight come right at me, through the wooded trees at the back of my house. It was as though it was twinkling, going back and forth. So I asked, “Is that You?” And I heard, “Come,” while the ray kept on twinkling further as though beckoning me. Throughout all this, the sun appeared in front, rather than at the back, of my trees, which I thought was quite weird. So I went out onto my lawn in my backyard and looked at the sun, trying to figure out what was happening since it seemed different than usual.
Then the sun came much closer to me, actually hiding the branches of the trees. Its rays came right at me and they became very brilliant; I have never seen anything like it. The rays Continue reading “Description of God the Father – 4”