“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).
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…)
“The lowly will inherit the earth and delight in abounding peace” (Response from Afternoon Prayer, The Divine Office, Weds. of Wk 23).
“I will dwell in them and will walk in them and I shall be their God” (2 Cor 6:16). Beatitude does not consist “in the fact that something is known about God, but in having Him within oneself” (Gregory of Nyssa, Homily on the Beatitudes, PG 44).
“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…)
Presently, we are going through purification which is only going to intensify, until everything that is not of God is either restored or removed, so that the Reign, the Kingdom, of Our Father – the era of His Divine Heart and Will (the era of peace and holiness, the beginning of the eighth day) – can commence on earth. In the process, many of us will lose both people and things in every (more…)
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…)
“And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. And he cast him into the bottomless pit and shut him up and set a seal upon him, that he should no more (more…)
“For you are the temple of the living God: as God said: I will dwell in them and walk among them. And I will be their God: and they shall be My people” (2 Cor 6:16).
We have been created in the Image and Likeness of God. However, through both the sin of our First Parents and our ongoing sinfulness, we have proceeded to lose a lot of our likeness. Let us, therefore, work to recapture as much as possible of the likeness that we have lost, in terms of our open cooperation with grace, so that the Holy Spirit will find us ready to welcome His abundance fully during the forthcoming era of Peace.
“For the hour comes 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. God is a spirit: and they that adore Him must adore Him in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4:23-24).
“It will happen in the final days that the mountain of Yahweh’s house will rise higher than the mountains and tower above the heights. Then all the nations will stream to it, many peoples will come to it and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to (more…)