That every single human person on the face of this earth returns to live, out of their own free will, in the bosom, the Divine Heart of God the Father.
You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.
You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
V. Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
R. Govern and uphold them now and always.
V. Day by day we bless you.
R. We praise your name for ever.
V. Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
R. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V. Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R. for we put our trust in you.
V. In you, Lord, is our hope:
R. and we shall never hope in vain.
“Do you think I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on, a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law” (Lk 12, 51-53).
“Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter” (Lk 11:52).
Revisionists of history, revisionists of the Word and the Truth, legitimizers of disorder and chaos; betrayers of God, the People of God, and of humanity. That is what you are, anti-priests of the Western world, no matter your rank in the priesthood, for you serve neither God nor His children despite your call and the indelible mark on your souls. You act as spiritual counselors of the people in both the internal and the external fora, but you lead without hesitation the most vulnerable and oppressed of the children of God in the direction of the desires of your own hearts and of the Evil One, instead of in the direction of God their Almighty Father.
Quo vadis, sacerdotes?
Thieves of the souls created and ever-so-loved by the Father, first degree murderers of the innocents whose blood bathes your hands in a mystical way, and ruthless persecutors of those brethren of the cloth who dare speak truth to your power, you differ not from Hophni and Phinehas, the sons of Eli the high priest, and the bishop Judas Iscariot. In their company you belong! You counsel and enable women, at some of the most vulnerable and confused times of their lives, to proceed with having abortions when they ask you if they can licitly do so within the context of their Catholic faith. You give said counsel under the psychologization of saving the life of the mother, while knowing full well the spiritual and material consequences to your victims of such actions. Yes, victims! For these women and their unborn children, in reality, are no other than victims of your self-serving, thieving, and murderous hearts – envious hearts as neither women are you, nor men in your identities.
How can you call yourselves fathers after the Divine Heart of God the Father and priests after the Sacred Heart of Christ the Priest (cf. Jer 3:15)? You are anything but!
Dying to reconstruct and promulgate the faith in accordance with the deepest darkness of your desires and despite knowing that the immaculate Father, Son, and Holy Spirit cannot come to live in souls where the mortal darkness of unrepentant impurity resides, you actively facilitate both the illicitly married priesthood (opposite- and same-gender) in the Latin Rite Church and bless same-gender unions, in repeatedly compulsive attempts to legitimize the back alley acting-out of your own unintegrated sexualities, disordered inclinations, and challenged identities. You do this under the psychologizations that the law is continually evolving and that such marriages are preferable to the use of onanism as a substitute for intimate human relations. But according to whose supernatural wisdom does the bind of either one option or the other option of sexual acting-out necessarily have to be in effect, in the daily life of those not validly bound in the sacrament of matrimony? Whenceforth your failure in both faith and reason? Wherefore the abdication on your priestly part with regard to the third option: the potent, tangible action of grace and the equally tangible power of purity? Do you think they do not exist and this in the lives of common persons, including priests who are humble? To whom, moreover, do the souls of the persons you counsel and interact with in this manner belong: to your grasping, lustfully greedy, and darkness-filled selves, or to the Father who wants them home with Him despite all their frailties?
Whereto, therefore, the clerical abuse of power? For that is what it is. The abuse of the spiritual trust placed in you by the persons in question and by God Himself – erudite men of the cloth, yet wolves in sheep’s clothing; anti-priests of the Western world – given the intrinsic nature of your call? And whereto the eternal destiny of your own souls?
What accounting are you going to give at your particular judgment in relation to all those souls you have stolen and keep on stealing without compunction from the Almighty Father?
The inalienable rights given by God the Almighty Father to man are the following:
- The right to live;
- The right to own private property for the shelter of oneself and one’s family, within the context of the universal destination of goods, in accordance with natural law;
- The right to work for sustenance and integral growth, and own the fruits of one’s work;
- The right to just remuneration for work done;
- The right to rest;
- The right to worship, both individually and collectively, without encumbrances.
The violators of the inalienable rights given by God to man are several. Thus it has been throughout most of the history of humankind, in some ways or others, despite man and woman both having been created in the image of the only divine God, in order to attain to His likeness through deification in via. None, however, have become as brazen and insidiously perverse – legally so – in their subtle and not-so-subtle violations, and confluences of violations, of the said rights of human persons as the materially over-developed nations of the first world; the most spiritually under-developed nations of the entire world.
Spiritually impoverished to the extent that even the poorest of the materially poor nations remain aghast at their level of unawareness, if not outright denial, of these tangible realities, the violator-nations remain encapsulated in an over-saturated and impenetrable darkness through their individual, collective, systemically insatiable and intransigent lust for money and power. A lust that no amount of money or power will ever be able to satiate, because it arises from the intersection of the individual and the collective heart of man – a heart that has become possessed by nothing other than the veritable evil of the Evil One himself under the illusion of good.
What integral development of humankind? Every one of the aforementioned human rights – rights given to man by God Himself – you have violated them and continue violating them without fear or remorse.
Light appearing as darkness and darkness appearing as light, you kill; violator-nations of the first world. You kill human persons and that has become your specialty; your expertise, your main export. You advocate and legislate for the manslaughter, if not the murder, of your children; those children who form part of you, whether you like it or not, and who would form and sustain your future as nations. Children, the blood of whom is, at this very moment, crying out for justice at the altar of the infinite God Who allowed you to become nations in the first instance and granted you unparalleled beneficence from the goodness of His Divine Heart. What kind of monsters are you, violator-nations?
You kill both your men and women and their families; those men and women who are an intrinsic part of the fabric of your life as nations, some of whom have laid down their very lives so that you may remain alive as nation-states. You kill by stealing, directly or indirectly, in multiple and increasingly creative ways the fruits, livelihoods, shelters, and health of your own people; those people who, in themselves – in their very hearts, minds, bodies and souls – comprise you as nations, but whom you regard as nothing more than objects to be used then discarded. They are the people without whom you would not even exist. You also kill the human identities of your people by not letting them be.
You kill by living like an ever-more-obese leech off the backs of your own people, turning the vast majority into de facto slaves of your materialist elitism in a similar, albeit not analogous, manner to the Pharaoh, Thutmoses III, and the slave-Children of Israel, despite your having legislated away slavery as illegal. And to make sure you kill off any and all chances they may ever have of hope, liberation, and freedom, you do your very level best, in a variety of procedural and not-so-procedural ways, to kill the people’s right to rest and be consoled by God, in order to keep fattening your idol selves as violator-nations of the inalienable rights of humankind. Unable to bear the intrinsic and extrinsic realities of all of the above, you kill your elderly by commission and omission; the people who provide you with the grapevines of wisdom, because you are incapable of listening any more to the latter due to the individual, collective, and systemic guilt that eats away at you inside whenever you hear them and torments your nation-souls.
The blood of your people, violator-nations of the first world, is on your hands. How are you ever going to face God and your judgment, violator-nations of the inalienable rights of your own people and individual and collective enablers of such nations, given both what you have done and keep on doing without compunction?
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.
How I would love a church that is poor and for the poor (Pope Francis, General Audience, 2013).
There are millions of people who are homeless in America. Millions, not thousands; old and young alike. Yet newly built, protestantized churches like the above abound – and they call themselves Catholic. Not one flower is to be seen near the tabernacles in which God the Most Holy Trinity resides, or near the statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Yet they pride themselves in being Catholic. Was Christ born in a cold and dirty stable in Bethlehem, because his Mother and foster father were homeless and no one took them in, or was He born in the palace of Herod?
You have left your first love (Rv 2:4).
Where is your love? Do you even know what love means? Where is your devotion and fidelity to God? In the parking lots full of sports utility vehicles and ‘trucks,’ the vast majority of which seem to have been released within the past few years – while your own people, your very own people, sleep in the streets or under bridges, and eat food out of dumpsters behind big box stores? Are you a first world nation, America, or a third world nation? Where are your hearts, O People of God?
Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying (1 Cor 11:27-30).
What about your Masses, often standing room only and with innumerable stations for communion under both species, the distribution of which at times lasts almost 20 minutes – only to find not more than 20 people, if that, for the sacrament of confession on any given Saturday? And that when confession is even offered.
What about not a few of your priests, more often than not prancing around for homilies and during which some, for example, on a Solemnity in the Catholic Church, dare to ask if any of the faithful in the pews have dressed up as a lobster on Halloween? Not to mention a narration by one cleric, during the homily, about how much he enjoyed visiting Graceland and the house of Elvis Presley, ‘the King.’ What King? Who is the real King? Where is God? Is this “very reverent” as was said? Is this the “return to the solemnity of the Mass” as was claimed?
And the king will say to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me’ (Mt 25:40-45).
And what about the ‘welcome packets’ that are sent by these kinds of churches – packets containing nothing more than a thick stack of envelopes for tithing? Is this the desire of the heart of the Divine Father toward those who cross your thresholds? Do you even know what God wants from His people in relation to others?
Christ, on His visit to the temple centuries ago, flew into a rage, made whipping cords and used them to drive the marketeers out of the house of the Heavenly Father, as the anti-priests of the time had turned the temple into a veritable marketplace (Jn 2:15). And it is happening again. Saint John Paul II, when a simple parish priest, had nothing but a single change of clothing and one pair of shoes to his name. He did not even own a coat, despite the hard, cold weather. Benedict XVI has stated without equivocation that the spirit of the liturgy has been lost in such places. Francis has called without hesitation on a number of occasions for a poor Church for the poor.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” (Mt 19:23-24).
Yet the affluent churches in the United States do not hesitate to call themselves Catholic.
I am coming to banish the excessive fear that My creatures have of Me, and to show them that My joy lies in being known and loved by My children . . . I am coming to bring hope to men and nations . . . to make Myself known just as I am, so that men’s trust may increase, together with their trust for Me, their Father. I have but one concern: to watch over all men and love them as My children.
I wish men to know as soon as possible that I love them and that I feel the greatest happiness in being with them and talking with them; like a father with his children. I am the Eternal One and, when I was alone, I had already thought of using all My power to create beings in My image . . . In the Old Testament, I created and chose prophets to live among men. To them I told My desires, My sorrows and My joys, so that they could communicate them to everyone . . . I have always wished to remain in this world among men. So, during the Flood, I was close to Noah: the only just man then. In the other calamities, also, I always found a just man with whom I could stay and, through him, I lived among the men of that time, and it has always been thus . . . I continued to choose certain souls in whom I was pleased, because through them I could be happy with My creatures: men.
When I realized that neither the patriarchs nor the prophets had been able to make Me known and loved by men, I decided to come Myself . . . in the Second Person of My divinity. Would men know Me? Would they listen to Me? . . . I Myself answered these two questions: ‘They will ignore My presence, even though they will be near Me. In My Son they will treat Me cruelly, notwithstanding all the good He will do for them. In My Son they will speak ill of Me, they will crucify Me to bring about My death. Shall I stop because of this? No, My love for My children, men, is too great’ . . . If one of My creatures had been enough to atone for the sins of other men, through a life and death similar to those of My Son, I would have hesitated. Why? Because I would have betrayed My love by making a beloved creature suffer, rather than suffering Myself, in My Son.
Now this love has been forgotten, I want to remind you of it, so that you can learn to know Me as I am. So that you will not be, like slaves, afraid of a Father Who loves you so much . . . I am your Father! I am the best of Fathers! I know My creatures’ weaknesses! Come to Me, come with confidence and love! I will forgive you after you have repented. Even if your sins were as repulsive as mud, your confidence and your love will make Me forget them, so you will not be judged! You must come to Me, I am so close to you! You must love Me and honor Me, so that you will not be judged. Or rather, that you will be judged with infinitely merciful love.
If My Heart were not like this, I would have already destroyed the world every time it committed sins! . . . No one has yet understood the infinite desire of My divine, paternal Heart to be known, loved and honored by all men, the just and the sinful. These are the three gifts that I wish to receive in homage from men, so that I may always be merciful and good even towards the most hardened sinners . . . I have not yet received this special veneration which I have so much hoped for and which I desire so much (Ravasio, 1932/1994).
The theophanic ministry of the icon (as different from a religious painting) leads to the restoration and return of souls to their Creator and Father not just by its intrinsic beauty, which both leads in a mysterious manner to and transmits the beauty of Him Who is Other, but by drawing souls beyond the pale of this earthly plane to that of the heavenly plane through its epiphanic presence and direct participation in the divine light; the energeia of God. The icon is neither a sacrament as considered by some in the Eastern Church, nor is it just a sacramental as understood by the vast majority in the Western Church. The icon lies at the intersection of both, showing characteristics of sacraments and sacramentals, yet never attaining to the fullness of the former, while having more than the fullness of the latter. It is thus that the icon has been granted by God a unique place in the history and function of the liturgy, as well as the history of the salvation and deification of humankind.
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.
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).
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- 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. In what is soon to come, namely the Passion of the Church, do not abandon your God, Him Who loved you first.
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.
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 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?
“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).