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.
When graces are distributed to a soul, it is God the Father who grants such graces and the rest of the Divine Family agree or intercede. Thus, graces reach us in this manner: our Father gives the grace required or requested to Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, since Christ is the administrator. Then because both Christ and the rest of the Trinity have (more…)