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.
The question was asked, “What is God the Father like?” Several names and adjectives can be used to describe how our Father is. In fact, many descriptions of the Heavenly Father exist in Scripture and the writings of various saints and scholars. But none of them suffice to describe Him in His entirety as, being God, He is infinite and ultimately unknowable in His essence; His nature. What follows, (more…)
Beautiful love is the most tender Father of all, for He is beautiful beyond measure and Infinite Love. Truly what “no eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man” (1 Cor 2:9) are what the Father has prepared for us, because He wants to live in us, giving us Himself forever in an unimaginable exchange of love. The Kingdom of God is where the Father is, because He is (more…)
You either do not love Him or do not love Him enough, because you do not know Him. If you knew Him, truly knew Him – if you tried to let yourself experience the intensity and profundity of His Love, just letting yourself be open to whatever He may wish to give you – you would be unable to resist Him. For God the Father is Infinite Love and who can resist pure love, unless they are intent with all their hearts on remaining wedded to darkness, desolation and despair?
The following is an accurate description of what it is like to meet the Beauty and Majesty of God our Almighty Father on His Throne, in Spirit and in Truth. This description was written by Gregory Palamas, the saint-theologian of the Divine Light:
The Divine Light “is not the essence of God, for that is inaccessible and incommunicable . . . (more…)
Firm and tender, irreplaceably sweet, and gently caressing Is the Beauty of Infinite Love. Wrapping up solidly in His vast, undying Embrace all those who desire and seek Him with genuineness in their hearts. Never as before now, subsequent to the Old Testament era, has Infinite Love made Himself so felt and available to all in His First Person. Flinging wide (more…)
When we present our soul to God the Father after deciding to give it to Him, we kneel before Him, facing Him with our soul in both our hands. Our Father sits on His throne facing us in His Almighty Splendor, with Jesus to His right and Mary at Jesus’s own right, waiting patiently and silently for us to give Him our soul so that it can become His property. God (more…)
Infinite Beauty, Love, Peace, Gentleness, Joy, Patience, Playfulness, Life, Generosity, Beneficence, Providence, Tenderness, Goodness, Softness, Firmness, Balm, Happiness, Sweetness, Wildness, Light, Radiance, Majesty, Splendor. This is just a summary snapshot of Who our Father and our God really Is and what He Is truly like – the Yahweh of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the Father of Jesus Christ – when He Is on reciprocally intimate terms with His children on earth! The most adorable Father.
The radiant beauty of God the Father is stunning and immeasurable. In fact the sheer splendor of His Light and Love are beyond immense. When Our Father attracts a soul to Himself to develop an intimate relationship with her, nothing else matters for the soul. The soul remains there transfixed, gazing at God the Father, admiring His Beauty and adoring the (more…)