“When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughter of Zion and cleansed Jerusalem of the blood shed in her with the blast of judgment and the blast of destruction, Yahweh will come and rest on the whole stretch of Mount Zion and on those who are gathered there, a cloud by day and smoke, and by night the brightness of a flaring fire. For, over all, the glory of Yahweh will be a canopy and a tent to give shade by day from the heat, refuge and shelter from the storm and the rain” (Is 4:4-6).
How beautiful and incomparable is the Kingdom of Pure Love! Oh, if everyone knew what it was like! Yet many of us still do not know that it is very real and others do not want to know. What we are missing out on, as a human family! If only we opened our hearts, just a little. Yet grace is required to do so and many do not want grace, even though it is free for the asking. That is the situation (more…)
“Have mercy on us, O God of all, and behold us; show us the light of Your mercies. Send Your fear upon the nations that have not sought after You: that they may know that there is no God beside You; and that they may show forth Your wonders. Lift up Your hand over the strange nations, that they may see Your power. For as You have been sanctified (more…)
“In that day shall the growth of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. And it shall come to pass that he that is left in Zion, and he that remains in Jerusalem shall be called holy, even every one that is written unto life in Jerusalem; when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged th (more…)
Purification in the desert is an ascent, for all our untoward attachments are removed so the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – can come and live in us. If we are not thoroughly purified this way, how can we open ourselves up sufficiently for Them to come and live in us with power and might? Perfect light and life cannot dwell where darkness resides. This is why we are presently being (more…)
“The lowly will inherit the earth and delight in abounding peace” (Response from Afternoon Prayer, The Divine Office, Weds. of Wk 23).
The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea (Hab 2:14)
“The angel came to speak to me and said, ‘Come here and I will show you the bride that the Lamb has married.’ In the Spirit, he took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of Heaven. It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond. the walls of it were of a great (more…)
“Behold, a day is coming for Hashem when the spoil taken from you will be divided up in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem for the war; the city shall be captured, the houses will be pillaged and the women will be violated; half of the city will go out into exile, but the rest of the people will not be eliminated from the city. Then Hashem will go out and wage war with those nations, (more…)
“I will dwell in them and will walk in them and I shall be their God” (2 Cor 6:16). Beatitude does not consist “in the fact that something is known about God, but in having Him within oneself” (Gregory of Nyssa, Homily on the Beatitudes, PG 44).
“The wolf will live with the sheep and the leopard will lie down with the kid; and a calf, a lion whelp and a fatling will walk together, and a young child will lead them. A cow and bear will graze and their young will lie down together; and a lion, like cattle, will eat hay. A suckling will play by a viper’s hole and a newly weaned child will stretch his hand toward an adder’s lair. They will neither injure (more…)
Presently, we are going through purification which is only going to intensify, until everything that is not of God is either restored or removed, so that the Reign, the Kingdom, of Our Father – the era of His Divine Heart and Will (the era of peace and holiness, the beginning of the eighth day) – can commence on earth. In the process, many of us will lose both people and things in every (more…)
How shall we be living in the era of peace, after the great Chastisement has been fulfilled? Unlike for many, if not most, of us living presently in the era of the flesh, during the era of peace we will be living thoroughly spiritualized lives – lives we cannot even begin to conceive of, right now – because the said era will, in effect, be the era of the Reign of the Father, in the intensely Eucharistic (more…)
“And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. And he cast him into the bottomless pit and shut him up and set a seal upon him, that he should no more (more…)
“For you are the temple of the living God: as God said: I will dwell in them and walk among them. And I will be their God: and they shall be My people” (2 Cor 6:16).
“But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with great violence and the elements shall be melted with heat and the earth and the works which are in it shall be burnt up. Seeing then that all these things are to be dissolved, what manner of people ought you to be in holy conversation and godliness? Looking (more…)
The illumination of one’s soul, better known as the illumination of conscience, is in essence and fact the healing of the soul that is ill, for it entails reopening the heart of the soul, the nous, to God the Father and His Truth, Jesus Christ; hence, to Knowledge – true (interior, experiential) knowledge – of God, after it has been closed and repeatedly (more…)
Three developmental phases characterize the spiritual life, our journey toward full union with God the Father: purification, illumination, and deification. These phases apply to ourselves both individually and collectively. Presently, we are in the first phase, that of purification of both individuals and the whole world, from all impurities and (more…)
We have been created in the Image and Likeness of God. However, through both the sin of our First Parents and our ongoing sinfulness, we have proceeded to lose a lot of our likeness. Let us, therefore, work to recapture as much as possible of the likeness that we have lost, in terms of our open cooperation with grace, so that the Holy Spirit will find us ready to welcome His abundance fully during the forthcoming era of Peace.
The vision of the Divine Light, that is, “The full vision of the divinity having become perceptible in the uncreated Light, in its deifying grace, is ‘the mystery of the eighth day;’ it belongs to the future age. However those who are worthy of it attain the sight of ‘the Kingdom of God come with power’ (Mk 9:1) in this life, as the three apostles saw it on Mount Tabor” (Lossky, In the image and likeness of God, pp. 59-60).
“For the hour comes and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeks such to adore Him. God is a spirit: and they that adore Him must adore Him in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4:23-24).
“Do not fret because of the wicked, do not envy those who do evil: for they wither quickly like grass and fade like the green of the fields. If you trust in Yahweh and do good, then you will live in the land and be secure. If you find your delight in Yahweh, He will grant you the desires of your heart. Leave all to Yahweh, trust in Him and He will act, so that your vindication shines forth like the light, your (more…)
“When that time comes, Yahweh declares, I shall be the God of all the families of Israel and they will be My people. Yahweh says this: They have found pardon in the desert, those who have survived the sword. Israel is marching to his rest. Yahweh has appeared to me from afar; (more…)
“Great is Yahweh and most worthy of praise in the city of our God, the holy mountain, towering in beauty, the joy of the whole world: Mount Zion, in the heart of the north, the settlement of the Great King; God Himself, among its palaces, has proved Himself (more…)
The Icon of the Divine Heart: Part 6 – The Need for the Ecumenical Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts
As has been shown, a need exists in the universal Church, for both icons in general and the ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts in particular because, (more…)