How can you love the Eternal Father without the Son? And how can you truly love the only begotten Son without also loving the Eternal Father, since They are One (in the Spirit; Jn 17:22-23)? How can you desire and welcome One, but not the Other?
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding (Ph 4:7), is gratuitously granted to all men of good will. Ask for it, therefore. Do not hesitate to ask for it with genuineness of heart, and the Almighty Father will grant it to you in the heart of your soul.
When is the last time you have been to confession – the sacrament of Reconciliation with God? How often do you go? If infrequently or not at all, why is that? What slowly led to that? Do you think you can truly live life to the full without the sanctifying grace of God? What do you think happens to you, in your daily life, when you lose sanctifying grace and remain unwilling to regain it?
The true measure of a man can be seen not by the love he shows towards his friends, but by the degree to which he loves his enemies. For “if you only love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not even the publicans do the same? [So] Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you. And pray for them who persecute you and calumniate you, that you may be the children of your Father who is heaven and who makes His sun rise upon the good and the bad, and rain upon the just and the unjust” (Mt 5:44-46).
The difference between the darkness and the light is that the former sends forth all kinds of falsehoods to appear as light, while being no more than multiple variations of darkness itself; whereas the light shines through with the reality of truth Who is God like Whom there is no other.
Humankind cannot truly rest in fellow man or in the world, because he has been placed by God the Father above nature and the world. Humankind can only rest in God, because no one other than God Who transcends man can really satiate his entire being.
The created wisdom of the world is utter foolishness in comparison to the perfect, uncreated wisdom of God.
He comes in humility, without any fanfare – just like His Son came when He was born.
When we offer Mass to God our Father and praise Him, we console His wounded Divine Heart tremendously.
“Visibility of the invisible, this portrayability of the unportrayable, is what the icon is” (Bulgakov).
“We are all called to be children of the one Father and brothers among ourselves . . . God is reality with a capital ‘R’ . . . a Father of goodness and infinite mercy” (Pope Francis, Letter to Eugenio Scalfari, 2013).
He will never abandon you, if you turn to Him, especially if you do so with your whole heart. The pure Father cannot but love, most intensely, for He is Love.