The Father and the Son

How much the Son, Jesus Christ, loves the Heavenly Father! Christ does not just love us with the whole of Himself to the extent of having died on the Cross for us. He loves the Father – His Father and our Father – with the entirety of His being. It is a love inconceivable and utterly crazy to some, but awe-inspiring to see. Infinite Love loves Infinite Love infinitely.

Can you love the Father, without the Son?

How can you love the Father without the Son? And how can you love the only-begotten Son, without also loving the Father, since they are one in Spirit (Jn 17:22-23)? It is the Son who reveals the Father (Mt 11:27), but it is the Father who draws us toward the Son (Ps 110:1).

Moreover, the Son lives in the Father’s Heart, while the Father lives in His Son, through the Spirit. You cannot have one without the other. Who rejects the Father, rejects the Son, and who rejects the Son as the only-begotten of God, rejects the Father who begot Him.

Father God or “Mother?”

Photo: Alexei Boitsov

There is no “Mother God.” Only Father God exists; that is, God the Almighty Father. God the Unbegotten. This bears repeating. God willed Himself to be a Father, not mother – for that, He gave us Our Lady, the Theotokos.

There is no “mother earth,” either. The earth is created, not creator. It cannot ‘beget’ anything unless willed to do so by God.

Here are some posts that illustrate clearly the nature and Persons of the Holy Trinity, especially that of the Heavenly Father:

  1. God the First Person is Father not mother – 1
  2. God the First Person is Father not mother – 2
  3. God the First Person is Father not mother – 3
  4. God the First Person is Father not mother – 4
  5. We do not know God the First Person unless we confess Him as Father
  6. The reference point for God’s existence is His Fatherhood not His essence – 1
  7. The reference point for God’s existence is His Fatherhood not His essence – 2
  8. The reference point for God’s existence is His Fatherhood not His essence – 3

The Father’s simplicity

He just wants to be loved with all our hearts. No more, no less. That is what the Father has ever wanted.

On the holiness of the Name of the Father

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According to Cyril of Alexandria, the name of “Father” as applied to the First Person of the Holy Trinity – that is, God the Almighty Father – is superior to the very name of God Himself as “God,” because the First Person “is called Father by the One who is best and most worthy, i.e. by the Son” (Relic 5. P.G. 75, cols. 65-68) who is similarly God in His essence. This is why in the Lord’s Prayer, after saying “Our Father, Who art in Heaven,” we proceed to say “Hallowed be Thy Name.” It is not simply the Name of God as God that is holy, but the actual name of God the First Person as Father.

About the plague

From God the Father to Barbara Centilli:

“The spiritual contamination will affect the mind and body as well. Many will become ill with a disorder that can only be cured by conversion. For some, the conversion will come too late. This plague will be unleashed soon so that the weeding process can begin. It is not by bombs or war that man’s demise will come, but rather through his own spiritual corruption. Mary’s children will have immunity to this disease. I tell you this so that you may prepare: prayer, fasting and penance . . . Pray for your brother and sisters. Pray that they will listen when the chastisement of My mercy comes. And it comes soon. Remember, conversion to Me . . . The wave is coming; the plague is coming – one of power and one of pain.

“My children will cry out, but there will be no one to hear their cries, for I am turning My back on My children so that they may experience the absence of My goodness and love. They need to see so that they can make the choice. Then the plague will overcome those that are set in their rejection and hate for Me. And the light from My little ones shall blind them in their despair and they will beg to see again. But ONLY after they convert” (Seeing With the Eyes of the Soul, 2006).

The reasons for three punishments

God the Father has always punished lust and sins of the flesh with plagues, when people remain unrepentant. He punishes gluttony and sins of greed with famine, and He punishes sins of pride with war and bloodshed. Man may change, but the Father does not change, because He Is Who He Is.

The reality of our times

“In many countries, the practice of Christian worship is disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The faithful cannot meet in the churches, they cannot participate sacramentally in the Eucharistic sacrifice. This situation is a source of great suffering. It is also an opportunity that God gives us to better understand the necessity and the value of liturgical worship. As Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, but above all in deep communion in the humble service of God and His Church, I [Robert, Cardinal Sarah] wish to offer this meditation to my brothers in the episcopate and the priesthood and to the people of God, to try and learn some lessons from this situation.

“It has sometimes been said that, because of the epidemic and the confinement ordered by the civil authorities, public worship was suspended. This is not correct. Public worship is the worship rendered to God by the whole Mystical Body, Head and members, as the Second Vatican Council recalls: “Indeed, for the accomplishment of this great work by which God is perfectly glorified and men sanctified, Christ always associates with the Church, his beloved Bride, who invokes her as his Lord and who passes through him to render his worship to the Eternal Father.” The liturgy is therefore rightly regarded as the exercise of the priestly function of Jesus Christ, an exercise in which the sanctification of man is signified by sensitive signs, is carried out in a manner specific to each person . . . Thus, each time a priest celebrates the mass or the liturgy of the hours, even if he is alone, he offers public and official worship of the Church in union with its Head, Christ and on behalf of the whole Body.

“Of course, to find its full and manifest expression, it is fortunate that this worship can be celebrated with the participation of a community of the faithful of the people of God. But it may happen that this is not possible. The physical absence of the community does not prevent the realization of public worship even if it cuts off part of its realization . . . Thus, it would be wrong to pretend that a priest should abstain from the celebration of Mass in the absence of the faithful. On the contrary, in the present circumstances where the people of God are prevented from uniting sacramentally with this worship, the priest is more bound to the daily celebration. Indeed, in the liturgy, the priest acts in persona Ecclesiae, in the name of the whole Church and in persona Christi, in the name of Christ, Head of the Body to worship the Father; he is the ambassador, the delegate of all those who cannot be there.

“It is therefore understandable that no secular authority can suspend the public worship of the Church. This worship is a spiritual reality over which temporal authority has no control. This worship continues wherever a mass is celebrated, even without the assistance of the people gathered. It is up to this civil authority, on the other hand, to ban gatherings that would be dangerous for the common good in view of the health situation. It is also the responsibility of the bishops to collaborate with these civil authorities in the most perfect frankness. Continue reading “The reality of our times”