The darkened nous and the pure in heart

They love God. They want Him and they desire Him to come and live with them forever.

Or do they?

The pure in heart shall see God (Mt 5:8).

They pray to Him and they, at times, spend hours telling others about Him, bringing them to God.

Or do they?

The pure in heart shall see God, but the nous that has been shuttered by sin can produce nothing other than its true fruit: darkness.

The blindness of the spirit in the souls of humankind

Deluded. Deceived. Confused. Disoriented. Unable to see at the spiritual level and understand, with the latter two abilities being direct gifts of grace of the Holy Spirit. Yet most of humankind, in particular in developed nations, consider themselves enlightened to this day, both in the camp of the left and in the camp of the right, and attempt without fail to educate the rest. Coercion? What is that? Where is God?

Their hearts have been closed, their nous has been darkened, and this to such an extent that the delicate balance between faith and reason has long been lost. Reification of reason externally to the faith and reification of the self are the new processes ordering the day, with darkness being perceived as light and light being perceived as darkness. But why is this happening to its present extent? What has led to such a pitiable state of affairs in the souls of humankind?

The answer is simple:

Because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved, God is sending them a spirit of deception, so that they may believe the lie, that all who have not believed the truth, but have approved wrongdoing, may be condemned (2 Thes 2:10-12).

The wedding banquet and the vast majority of the People of God

Jesus answering, spoke again in parables to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son. And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage; and they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my calves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come ye to the marriage. But they neglected, and went their own ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise.

And the rest laid hands on his servants, and having treated them contumeliously, put them to death. But when the king had heard of it, he was angry, and sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city. Then he saith to his servants: The marriage indeed is ready; but they that were invited were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways; and as many as you shall find, call to the marriage. And his servants going forth into the ways, gathered together all that they found, both bad and good: and the marriage was filled with guests” (Mt 22:1-10).

By their fruits you shall know them

It has become the fashionable custom in developed societies, first world nations, to identify as a Christian, in particular in the face of perceived or actual not-so-friendly secular governments. Hard identity Christianity or hard identity Catholicism, they call it. And it is considered both a counter-cultural statement in the public sphere and one of the ‘solid’ markers of a true Christian or Catholic – as though a strong denominational membership identity and its oft-resultant oneupmanship attitude win one an automatic pass to heaven. But this begs the questions, Who or what is a true Christian? Who or what is a true Catholic?

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, has left us a very simple yardstick with which to discern the answer to the above questions. “By their fruits you shall know them,” He said (Mt 7:16), adding that “Not all who call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 7:21).

Who, therefore, is my brother and who is my sister? Who is a true Christian? Who is a true Catholic?

How the icon will save the souls of humankind and restore Christianity

What are icons? Icons are sacramental avenues of divine grace that struggle in our times both for the Church and for the faith, in a similar, albeit inverse, manner to when the Church struggled for the icon during the major periods of iconoclasm in the history of Christianity. It is the icon that will bring forth, once more, the bloom of the incomparable beauty and love of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the eye, heart, mind and soul of humankind. This it will achieve by removing, through its ascetic beauty and embodied grace, the blindness of the spirit – the shuttered and darkened nous – that so characterizes human persons in our present times.

Jesus Christ, Savior of the world

It is Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God the Almighty Father, who is the Savior of the world. Not politicians, right or left, elected or appointed, and not kings and queens, no matter what all the aforementioned created human persons may claim. Only Christ is the Son of God. Only Christ come again, this time into the hearts of humankind – the coming of the Kingdom on earth – can give hope to a fast dying world.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Pray for America and for the world

Today and tomorrow, the final days of the general elections in the United States, pray that the Will of God the Almighty Father be done in relation to America and to the world.

The icon of Our Lady of Springfield

REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

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The 9″ x 12″ original icon of Our Lady of Springfield, shown herewith, has been stolen. If anyone out there has any kind of information about it, please get in touch with me. Thank you.

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The absence of humility in affluent churches 


Flash and pizzazz. Plush semicircular, semi reclining benches with deep cushions. Sloping floor, lighting and seating a la cine theater auditorium. Ushers and extraordinary ministers of communion galore, countless rules and regulations. Men in suits, starched white shirts and ties; women dressed up to the nines as though attending a gala event at the Metropolitan Opera. An entrance and a hallway almost the size of the church itself.

But where is God?

There He is, caged not only in the tabernacle, but also behind the decorative glass paneling; doubly caged. And not even deserving of a single flower to His name despite all the flash and pizzazz!

God? Who is God? Do we even care about Him and about having just a tiny, little bit of humility? Oh, who cares! The important thing, it seems, is that we show just how much money we all have; how loaded we are. Who cares about anything or anyone else!

The vileness of the shepherds

There You were all alone, abandoned in an open exposition tabernacle that was dark, with no one in attendance – except for two street cats. The lights would not turn on, the flowers were not real; the room smelled strongly of mold, but the windows were shut tight. No human person was there to adore You – not even one single, withering soul; yet outside there was non-stop chatter and traffic all around.

Mortal sin – what is that? Fidelity – what is that? Worship in Spirit and in Truth – what on earth are those?

So there You were, O Trinitarian God of the universe in the Eucharistic Heart of Christ, but abandoned in Your lonely jail by those You called to be Your very own. All You ever wanted from any and all of Your human creatures was love – but it is precisely love that they have refused to give.

Lettera aperta a Pietro / Open letter to Peter

In verita’ ti dico che questa stessa notte, prima che il gallo canti, tu mi rinnegherai tre volte (Matt 26:34).

Pietro, riguardo la tua lettera ai vescovi argentini dove spieghi la ‘corretta interpretazione’ di capitolo VIII della tua esortazione apostolica Amoris Laetitia, sulla recezione del sacramento dell’Eucaristia per i divorziati risposati senza annullamento valido: ti sbagli. E tu lo sai molto bene questo nel profondo del tuo cuore e della tua anima. Quello che hai detto non e’ possibile perche’

Chiunque mangera’ il pane o berra’ il calice del Signore indegnamente, sara’ colpevole verso il corpo ed il sangue del Signore . . . Chi mangia e beve, mangia e beve un giudizio su se stesso, se non discerne il corpo del Signore (1 Cor 11:27,29).

Pietro, sai molto bene che il tuo ufficio non ti appartiene per la tua gratificazione, ma per portare i figli nel grembo del Cuore Divino di Dio nostro Padre. Questo e’ l’unico ambito del tuo ufficio; nessun altro. Allora, Pietro, non fare come il tuo antenato! Non diventare lo strumento temporaneo dell’oscurita’ in un mondo che muore per la luce. Correggi il tuo errore e revochi quello che hai detto!


In truth I say to you that in this night before the cock crows, you will deny me three times (Mt 26:34).

Peter, regarding your letter to the Argentinian bishops whereby you explain the ‘correct interpretation’ of chapter eight of your apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, about reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist for the divorced and remarried without valid annulment: you are wrong. And you know this very well in the depths of your heart and soul. What you have said is not possible because

Whoever shall eat this bread or drink this chalice unworthily shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord . . . For he who eats or drinks unworthily, eats and drink judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord (1 Cor 11:27,29).

Peter, you know very well that your office does not belong to you for your gratification, but to bring the children back into the Divine Heart of God our Father. This is the only scope of your office; no other. So, Peter, do not act like your ancestor! Do not become the temporary instrument of darkness in a world dying for light. Correct your error and revoke what you have said!

In what is soon to come, defend your God

  • In what is soon to come, defend your God, the One and only Almighty Father; Him Who loved you and created you;
  • In what is soon to come, defend His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, His divinity and His incarnation; Him Who died for you, so you could spend eternity in the bosom of the Father;
  • In what is soon to come, defend Their One and only Holy Spirit; Him Who made you part of the Body of Christ;
  • In what is soon to come, defend the Immaculate Virgin Mary and her perpetual virginity; she who loves you as a mother and gave up her Son so you could live forever;
  • In what is soon to come, defend the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist; the Salvation of the world;
  • In what is soon to come, defend Christ as the only Way to the Father, for s/he who denies Christ also denies Almighty God;
  • In what is soon to come, defend all the dogmas of the Catholic faith, in accordance with the desires of the Heart of the Father;
  • In what is soon to come, defend Peter, the Rock, against Judas and do not abandon the Body of Christ, the Church.

Do not abandon God

Do not abandon God. In what is soon to come, namely the Passion of the Church, do not abandon your God, Him Who loved you first.

The perfect mercy and justice of Almighty God

Everything in these times is being slowly incorporated back into the Divine Will. That is why there is tribulation that, for a time, will increase. Being omnipotent and perfect in His decisions, God infinitely prefers that people return to Him of their own free will. But whoever does not return back to Him through the gate of His mercy, shall pass, without fail, through the gate of His justice.

The third Passover

You shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places: Now all these are the beginnings of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall put you to death: and you shall be hated by all nations for my name’ s sake. And then shall many be scandalized: and shall betray one another: and shall hate one another.

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall seduce many. And because iniquity hath abounded, the charity of many shall grow cold. But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom, shall be preached in the whole world, for a testimony to all nations, and then shall the consummation come (Mt 24:6-14).

“Make Me known”

Make Me known so that they can know Me, love Me, and honor Me

This is what the Almighty Father desires: to be known, loved, honored, respected, venerated, and worshiped by all His children, his human creatures, on earth.

Will you make Him known?

Signs of the times – 31

“And the prophet [Jeremiah], having received an oracle, ordered that the tent and the ark should follow with him, and that he went out to the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God. Jeremiah came and found a cave-dwelling, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense; then he sealed up the entrance. Some of those who followed him came up intending to mark the way, but could not find it. When Jeremiah learned of it, he rebuked them and declared: ‘The place shall remain unknown until God gathers His people together again and shows His mercy'” (2 Mac 2:4-7).

The purity of the Heavenly Father

The Almighty Father is pure and perfect; immaculate in His holiness – a purity and a holiness that amaze even the angels themselves. Yet in this day and age, many – if not most – have allowed themselves to become impure under a variety of rationalizations and this in more ways than one. How, therefore, do you expect to meet the Father and live with Him for eternity if you do not genuinely renounce and remove impurity from your lives?

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.

There is always hope

There is always hope for everyone, despite the blackness, the pervasiveness and the persistence of some of our sins. Always, there is hope; always! Because Mercy and Love are among His most prominent names.

Return to live with genuineness in our Father’s Heart! Return to that most tender and loving of hearts – the tenderness and love of which you cannot even begin to conceive. Return to live in His Divine Heart as you once resided and both the sorrow of your heart and your ceaseless tears will be relieved. Return with sincerity to Him Who had been your first love (Rv 2:4). Do not let the circumstances of either your youth or of today cloud the judgment you once had.

Do not let the pain of the past and of the present ruin your future – in particular, your eternal future. Pray for grace and it shall indeed be granted to you in abundance, because our Father never stopped loving you with the infinity of His Divine Heart.

Thank You, beautiful Father

Thank You, most beautiful and infinitely loving Almighty Father, for all the graces You have given us out of the sheer goodness of Your Divine Heart. We love You, we adore You, and we worship You.

So that they may be one as We are One

The heart and joy of the Father

“Our condition, as children of God, is the fruit of the love of the heart of the Father. It does not depend on our merits or our actions, thus no one can take it away from us. No one can take this dignity away from us, not even the Devil! . . . In whatever situation in life, I must not forget that I will never stop being a child of God – of a Father Who loves me and awaits my return. Even in the worst situation in life, God waits for me and wants to embrace me . . . We all need to enter the house of the Father and participate in His joy, in the feast of mercy and of fraternity” (Pope Francis, General Audience, May 11, 2016).