“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.
If you want happiness, peace and order in your life, look for the Father – your Father. Wherever the Heavenly Father lives, discord and disorder become absent as the Father is order, love, peace, and happiness in Himself. There is one reason alone why near-chaos is reigning in today’s world and that is because the vast majority of people have either forgotten or do not know that they have a Father who loves them with unparalleled love.
“In the New Testament, the prayer seems to seek to arrive at the essential, to the point of being concentrated in a single word: Abba, Father. We have heard what Saint Paul writes in the Letter to the Romans: “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him, we cry, “Abba, Father” (8: 15). And to the Galatians, the Apostle says: “Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit Who calls out, “Abba”, Father (Gal 4: 6). Twice there returns the same invocation in which all the newness of the Gospel is condensed. After having known Jesus and listened to His preaching, the Christian can no longer consider God as a tyrant to fear; he is no longer afraid but rather feels the trust in Him flourish in his heart: he can speak to the Creator, calling Him “Father”. The expression is so important for Christians that often it is conserved intact in its original form: “Abba”.
“It is not only about using a symbol – in this case, the figure of the father – to link to the mystery of God; it is instead about having, so to say, all Jesus’ world poured into our heart . . . To say “Abba” is something much more intimate and more moving than simply calling God “Father”. . . We continue to say “Our Father”, but with the heart we are invited to say “Papa”, to have a relationship with God like that of a child with his father, who says “Papa” and says “Dad”. Indeed these expressions evoke affection, they evoke warmth, something that is projected to us in the context of childhood: the image of a child completely wrapped in the embrace of a father who feels infinite tenderness for him . . . Like a child in the arms of his father, his daddy. Continue reading “Pope Francis: ‘Say Abba, Father, but with the trust of a child’”
The question was asked, “What is the divine will of God?” The short, but complete, answer is, “That we all return to live in His Divine Heart from whence we were first conceived.”
And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son (Rv 12:3-4).
Everyone has become aware by now that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presently meeting in Baltimore, has been asked by the Holy See’s Congregation for Bishops to delay voting on their attempted creation of a Code of Conduct in relation to the clergy sex abuse crisis in America. Statements against statements have been made, with protocols against protocols, charters against charters, policies against more policies, and speeches against speeches galore. Take your pick. A hierarchy and a presbyterate that, at times, might seem rather ‘out of touch’ to the general public. An Americanist Catholic laity so entitled that they attempt to usurp the very powers of the Vicar of Christ, because they treasure their Americanism more than they do their Catholicism. And all this is, obviously, being carried out under the guise of ‘saving the Church’ – as if that were possible by mere human means.
In other words, rebellion and disorder. Seemingly ad infinitum.
Two things are missing in the aforementioned scenario and they are the following:
- God is not present where there is chaos, rebellion and disorder, because God is Order in Himself; and
- The wrong questions are being asked.
In attempting to understand the abuse of power that has occurred (and reportedly seems to continue occurring in some venues) and to seek wholesome remedies for it without scapegoating, one needs to depart from a very basic question and a very basic fact. Everything else will then flow naturally from there.
The basic question is the following and it needs to be answered with a “yes / no” response:
- Do you believe that sex (of whatever kind) outside of (at a minimum) natural marriage is a mortal sin and that it results in the withdrawal of the indwelling of the Holy Trinity from the soul?
And the basic immutable fact is this:
- God cannot live where the darkness of mortal sin resides.
Everything else that is happening, in terms of dialog and discussion, is just self-referential fluff.
Why is this happening?
The Fifth and Sixth Commandments are being violated in a ‘setting-of-the-stage’ scenario, in order to then violate the First Commandment (the ultimate aim). That is the underlying plan and it has been long coming.
Start, therefore, from the above question and the above fact if you want effective solutions, and everything falls into place. Start from elsewhere (as has happened) and you get chaos, disorder and rebellion.
The free-will choice is yours to make.
We all know about the latest sex abuse scandals at present emerging from the Catholic Church in the United States, especially in relation to senior, most influential clerics in the nation being involved this time not with minors, but with not-fully-consenting adults (ergo non-consenting); in particular, chronologically adult males. Reams upon reams of commentary and judgments have been written over the past couple of weeks in this regard, at every level of the Church in America (and even more). But in all the discourses on the above, one thing remained (and remains) missing, which is notable by its very lack. That one thing is:
Where is God in all this?
Why has there been zero reference by anyone, anywhere, to the causal relationship between impurity* and the fact that God cannot reside where the darkness of serious sin abides? (The sin of the sexual abuse itself and the sin of the abuse of power, to mention just the minimally obvious). Why has no one spoken of the grief that the abusers (a term here comprising both the abusers themselves and their omerta’-enabling peers) have caused not just to their victims, but also to God; the God Who is Immaculate?
Is it possible that no one cares?
In all the discourses set forth to date, every possible ramification of the above abuse has been discussed to death by the Church-at-large from every imaginable standpoint: legal, civil, moral, ethical, and so on. Yet, in a parallel manner to what happened originally with the Dallas Charter, all of these dimensions have been addressed from a purely humanistic context. None of them included even a mere mention – or even just a wink and a nod – about the direct, causal relationship outlined in the previous paragraph.
How can you claim to be a voice for the Church – the voice of the Church, hence the voice for God – when you cannot acknowledge in public what you have done to God Himself, the Pure God, for the sake of power; personal and institutional power? Because, make no mistake, this is all about power; not about sexual abuse per se, which is egregious enough in itself, but about the deliberate abuse of power. The sexual abuse is just a first-order symptom, not a second-order cause. How can you perpetrate seemingly without hesitation, in public, one of the first sins of Adam – the deflection of your personal responsibility onto others in order to safeguard your hide/s?
Where is the role of grace in your lives and your cooperation with grace?
Silence is consent by the omission of speech to the contrary. The Church is not yours. It was given to you by God, for God and His people. It was never given to you, to become your personal playground. So, where is your accountability to God – the Father of all those you have abused by both your actions and lack of action? Has it not occurred to you that He is allowing all this to come to public light, because you have remained intransigent in your deliberate noncompliance with His desires for His people?
Do you not care one iota about how you have wounded Him and betrayed His trust?
Do you no longer believe?
*Not taken to mean only homosexual impurity as an ultra-conservative faction in the Church would like to reinterpret all of the above for their own personal-religiopolitical agenda.
There is nothing of which to be afraid. He is, first and foremost, a Father – the loving Father. Approach Him, talk to Him. Ask Him to give you the grace of letting you come to know Him.
He will give you this grace, because the deepest and most intense desire of His Divine Heart is that every individual on earth returns to live in Him, in order to be able to enjoy unparalleled happiness, joy, peace, and love for eternity.
The Father does not wish to lose even a single soul to the father of lies.
I desire mercy, not sacrifice (Mt 9:13).
It is sad that so many people, Catholics included, only know or perceive the Heavenly Father as Justice. They miss out on one very simple fact: the Name of the Father is Mercy. It is His highest attribute and that is because He is both a Father and Infinite Love.
Related to the above is another simple fact: do not judge and you will not be judged by your own yardstick.
The question was asked, “Who is the Father of Jesus?” The answer is simple. The Father of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is God the Father, the First Person of the Holy Trinity. Christ, the Eternal Word and Second Person of the Trinity, is the only-begotten Son of the Almighty Father and the Incarnate Son of the Virgin Mary. Christ has two natures, one divine, one human.
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:
- Gn 6:6-7 (Vulgate, LXX);
- Gn 8:21 (Masoretic);
- Jb 7:17 (Vulgate, Masoretic);
- Jb 9:4 (Vulgate, Masoretic);
- Jb 10:11-13 (Vulgate, Masoretic);
- Ps 32:11 (Vulgate) / 33:11 (LXX, Masoretic);
- Ps 77:70-72 (Vulgate, Masoretic) / 78:70-72 (LXX);
- Is 63:4 (Vulgate, Masoretic);
- Jer 3:14-15 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- Jer 7:30-31 (Vulgate, LXX);
- Jer 19:5 (LXX);
- Jer 23:20 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- Jer 30:24 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- Jer 32:35 (Vulgate);
- Jer 32:41 (Vulgate, Masoretic) / 39:41 (LXX);
- Jer 44:21 (Vulgate) / 51:21 (LXX);
- Lam 3:33 (LXX);
- Ez 28:2 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- Hos 11:8-9 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- 1 Chr 17:19 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- 2 Chr 7:16 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- 1 Kgs 2:35 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- 1 Kgs 13:14 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- 2 Kgs 7:21 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- 3 Kgs 9:3 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- 4 Kgs 10:30 (Vulgate, LXX, Masoretic);
- Acts 13:22 (Vulgate).
- Bartolo-Abela, M. (2012). The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Apologia and Canon.
- Bovenmars, J. G. (1991). Biblical spirituality of the heart.