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The diptych ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts has just been featured in the newly released book Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography by the world-renowned iconographer and Villanova University professor of art, Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A. (Hope & Life Press, 2014). The icon is featured in the section Icons of God the Father. The icon had been written by Fr. Cannuli based upon the original pencil drawing of the Divine Heart. Approaching the Divine is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions.
“Our Father’s Paternal Heart is a refuge, a fortress, and a sanctuary for us. It is an ocean of love and mercy, a sea of bliss, and a paradise for each and every child to return to, when he or she is left alone in a world of emptiness and false illusion. Our Father’s Heart is, as Christ showed us in Gethsemane, where we are to go when there is nowhere left to go and no one left to turn to. His Heart is, quite simply, our true Home, where we all are invited to return. This is the deeper mystery of the Father’s Heart, a mystery we are all called to seek and to find. (more…)
“Everything has been entrusted to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Mt 11:27).
“The great mystical tradition of the Church of both East and West has much to say in this regard. It shows how prayer can progress, as a genuine dialogue of love, to the point rendering the person wholly possessed by the divine Beloved, vibrating at the Spirit’s touch, resting filially within the Father’s Heart” – Saint John Paul II.
“In Paradise the Son is residing within the Heart of the Father, conversing with the Father in the Garden over Adam” – Saint Hippolytus.
“God therefore goes in search of man who is His special possession in a way unlike any other creature. Man is God’s possession by virtue of a choice made in love. God seeks man out, moved by His Fatherly Heart” – Saint John Paul II.
As a child, “the Father lifted me from the ground up to His Heart” – Saint Faustina Kowalska (1987). Divine Mercy in my soul: The diary of Sister M. Faustina Kowalska, p. 461. Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press.
“It is not so much the length of a prayer, but the fervor with which it is said which pleases almighty God and touches His Heart” – Saint Louis de Montfort (1960). The love of eternal wisdom, p. 13. Bayshore, NY: Montfort Publications.
“The chorus of the Church Triumphant and those of the Church Militant are united to our Lord in this divine action, so that with Him, in Him and through Him, they may ravish the Heart of God the Father and make His mercy all our own” – Saint Francis de Sales, in Ryan, J. K. (1972). Introduction to the Devout Life – St Francis de Sales, p. 104. Garden City, NY: Image Books.
“The Son lives by the Father, because He is the Word given forth from the Heart of the Father, because He comes forth from the Father, because He is begotten of the bowels of the Father, because the Father is the fountain and root of the Son’s being” – Saint Ambrose, in Willis, J.R. (2002). The teachings of the Church Fathers, p. 185. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press.
“A Father’s Bosom is a fit and becoming seat for a Son” – Basil the Great, in (1997) On the Holy Spirit. Westwood, NY: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press.
“Alone begotten of God, in a way peculiar to Himself, from the womb of His own Heart – even as the Father Himself testifies, ‘My Heart says He has emitted my most excellent Word'” – Tertullian, Willis, J.R. (2002). The teachings of the Church Fathers, pp. 172-173. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press.
The icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts has now been featured in the Christian Art and Christian Theme Artwork galleries at Fine Art America.
The question was posed, “Where in Scripture does it talk about the Heart of the Father?” The answer was already posted early last year, so it is herewith reposted as follows:
The Heart of God the Father in Christianity is indicated by 27 specific references in Sacred Scripture (Bartolo-Abela, 2012), with 26 of these references being in the Old Testament whereas one of the references in in the New Testament (Bovenmars, 1991). Many of these references exist in all three major sources of Scripture as shown below: namely, the Septuagint (LXX), the Masoretic text and the Latin Vulgate. A few of the references could be considered doubtful because of their presence in only one of the aforementioned sources. The 27 references in Scripture which speak about the Heart of the Father are: (more…)
Why have we been given the icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – an icon of a heart and Person generally invisible in nature, in comparison to the incarnate Son of God who visibly took on our humanity? Because “visible things in so far as they represent invisible things without shape so that in giving the visible things a physical shape, we can have a veiled knowledge of them . . . the mystery of the Trinity is reflected in the sun, its light and its rays” (Egon Sendler, 1988, The Icon: Image of the Invisible, p. 80).
“Intercession is like a “leaven” in the heart of the Trinity. It is a way of penetrating the Father’s heart and discovering new dimensions which can shed light on concrete situations and change them. We can say that God’s heart is touched by our intercession, yet in reality he is always there first. What our intercession achieves is that his power, his love and his faithfulness are shown ever more clearly in the midst of the people” (Francis, 2013, Evangelii Gaudium, 283).
The question was asked, “When is the prayer of consecration to the Divine Heart of God the Father said?” The answer is at any time. Whenever you wish to say the prayer, do so. No rules and regulations are involved although some say it daily as, like that, you are offering your day to the Father.
Meanwhile, for those who believe in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (e.g., Catholics, Orthodox), it is wise to sometimes say the prayer after confession, since the consecration leads to receiving the seal of the Father (Rv 3:10-12).
To be a child of God means to be an adoptive member of the Divine Family.
When we become children of the living God by taking steps to rediscover our true heritage and giving the Almighty Father our fiat with sincerity of heart, in essence and in fact, we become adoptive members of the Divine Family. The Family – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and, yes, even the Mother* – take us in. They take us into Their Hearts and envelop us in Their bosom, showering us with all we need to become gods by grace (2 P 1:4; Ps 82:6). (more…)
“Visible icons are the seeing of the invisible. They are products and representations by visible images of divine traits and ineffable and elevated contemplations” (Dionysus the Aeropagite).
“God sketched His image in the creature and this divine image is, therefore, imageable” (Bulgakov).
According to iconoclasts and many iconographers of the traditional stripe, it is impossible – heretical even – to have an icon either portraying God the Father or an attribute of Himself. To this effect, both groups of people quote Jn 1:18 from Scripture: “No man has seen God at any time.”
But setting aside the fact that the Father Himself asked that such icons be made and both showed (more…)
“Why don’t you go to church?” (One Saturday evening in early September 2007).
I had not been to church in a while as I only went when I felt like it. Having been stripped of everything and everyone that really meant anything to me between that year and the previous year, that day I had just decided there was no point in living anymore. On hearing “the Voice,” I thought: Do I even know where a church is over here? I recalled having seen a church on one of (more…)