The Divine Heart

Thank You, beautiful Father

Thank You, most beautiful and infinitely loving Almighty Father, for all the graces You have given us out of the sheer goodness of Your Divine Heart. We love You, we adore You, and we worship You.

The heart of the Father: God does not desire loss of any souls

Dio non vuole la nostra condanna, ma la nostra salvezza. Dio non vuole la condanna di nessuno, qualcuno potrà dirmi che la condanna di Pilato potrebbe essere giusta, o anche di Giuda, ma invece no! Il Dio della Misericordia vuole salvare tutti, il problema è chi vuole farsi davvero entrare Dio nel cuore . . . Ecco cosa il Signore dice attraverso il profeta Ezechiele: “Forse che io ho piacere della morte del malvagio […] o non piuttosto che desista dalla sua condotta e viva?” Questo piace a Dio. Questo è il cuore di Dio, un cuore di Padre che ama e vuole che i suoi figli vivano nel bene e nella giustizia, e perciò vivano in pienezza e siano felici. Un cuore di Padre che va al di là del nostro piccolo concetto di giustizia, per aprirci agli orizzonti sconfinati della sua misericordia – Papa Francesco, Udienza Generale del 2/3/2016.

“God does not want our condemnation, but our salvation. God does not want the condemnation of anyone. Someone could tell me that the condemnation of Pilate could be considered just, or even that of Judas, but no! The God of Mercy wants to save us all, the problem is who really wants to allow God to enter into his heart . . . Here is what the Lord says through the prophet Ezekiel: “Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked […] or rather that he desists from his evil ways and live?” This is what is pleasing to God. This is the heart of God, the heart of a Father who loves and wants that His children live in goodness and justice, thus live in fullness and become happy. The heart of a Father who goes beyond our narrow concept of justice, to open up for us the boundless horizons of His mercy” – Pope Francis, General Audience on 2/3/2016 in Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City.

What is the Divine Will of God? Response to a question

The question was asked, “What is the Divine Will of God?” The brief answer is very simple: that we return to live habitually in the Divine Heart of God our Father.

More on the Divine Will of the Almighty Father can be found here.

Consecration Prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father in Latin

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Below you can find the consecration prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father (shown above) translated by a priest into Latin, the official language of the Western Rite of the Catholic Church. The Latin translation of the prayer is also available for download from here: Consecration to the Divine Heart in Latin.

Cor Divinum Dei Patris Cingens Corda Omnium Hominum – Caritas Infinita

Consacratio Cordi Divino Patris

Pater Caelestis, Fons Vitae, Caritatis, Beatitudinis aeternae, donum vitae ipsae pretiosum nobis tribuisti. Pater Caelestis, noli nos permittere, quaesumus, hunc donum praesumere. Ad sanctitatem nos etiam vocasti. Per Jesum, cum Jesu, et in Jesu Christo, vivere in Divina Familia Tua nos vocasti. In Beneficentia Tua, quaesumus, ut concedas nobis omnes gratias necessarias vivere secundum Divinum Voluntatem Tuam, et Tibi offere unisquibusque momentis plenitudinem gratitudinis nostrae, et cultus, et supplicationis. Tibi consecramus nosmetipsos, quasi liberos prodigos redirendos Patri qui nos diliget. Nos accipe. Anulo regalo digitum nostrum circumda. Et veste purpurata nos tege. Et ad festivitatem, dapem, paratam omnibus liberis fidelibus nos praepara. Amen.

Consecration Prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father in Italian

Below you can find the consecration prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father (shown above) translated into the Italian language. The Italian translation of the prayer is also available for download from here: Consecration to the Divine Heart in Italian.

Il Divino Cuore di Dio Padre che racchiude in sé tutti i cuori – Amore Infinito

Padre Celeste, fonte di vita, amore e felicità eterna. Tu ci hai elargito il dono prezioso della vita stessa. Ti supplichiamo, Padre Celeste, di non consentirci di prendere questo dono per scontato. Più di ogni altra cosa, Tu ci hai chiamati alla santità. Tu ci hai chiamati a partecipare alla vita della Tua Famiglia Divina per, con e in Gesù Cristo. Ti chiediamo di concedere a noi, nella Tua beneficenza, tutte le grazie necessarie per vivere in comunione con la Tua Volontà Divina e di offrirTi, in ogni momento, la pienezza della nostra gratitudine, il nostro culto, il nostro ringraziamento e la nostra supplica. Formalmente ci consacriamo a Te come figli prodighi che ritorniamo al Padre che ci ama. Accoglici, metti un diadema reale sul nostro dito. Vestici con abiti regali color porpora e preparaci per la festa, il banchetto, che Tu hai preparato per tutti i Tuoi figli fedeli. Amen.

Consecration Prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father in French

Below you can find the consecration prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father (shown above) translated into the French language. The French translation of the prayer is also available for download from here: Consecration to the Divine Heart in French.

Le Coeur Divin de Dieu le Père Englobant Tous les Coeurs – Amour Infini

Père céleste, source de la vie, d’amour et de bonheur éternel. Vous nous a accordé
le don précieux de la vie elle-même. Nous Vous prions, notre Père céleste, jamais
nous permettre de prendre ce cadeau pour acquis. Qui plus est, Vous nous avez
appelés à la sainteté. Vous nous avez appelés à participer à la vie de Votre famille
divine par, avec et en Jésus-Christ. Nous demandons que Vous nous accordiez, dans
Votre Bienfaisance, toutes les grâces nécessaires pour vivre en accord avec Votre
volonté divine et à Vous offrir, à chaque instant, la plénitude de notre gratitude,
notre culte, notre action de grâces et nos supplications. Nous nous consacrons
formellement à Vous, comme des enfants prodigues de retour vers le Père qui nous
aime. Acceptez-nous, mettez un diadème royal sur notre doigt. Drapez-nous dans
la pourpre royale et préparez-nous pour la fête, le banquet, que Vous avez préparé
pour tous Vos fidèles enfants. Amen.

Consecration Prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father in Maltese

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Below you can find the consecration prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father (shown above) translated into the Maltese language. The translation was done by Joanne Micallef, M.A. (Trans.). The Maltese translation of the prayer is also available for download from here: Consecration to the Divine Heart in Maltese.

Il-Qalb Divina t’Alla l-Missier Tħaddan il-Qlub Kollha – Imħabba Infinita

Missier li Inti fis-Smewwiet, għajn tal-Ħajja, l-Imħabba u l-Ferħ Etern. Inti tajtna r-rigal prezzjuż tal-ħajja nfisha. NitolbuK bil-ħniena, Missier li Inti fis-Smewwiet, tħallina qatt nieħdu dan ir-rigal bħala dritt tagħna. Aktar minn hekk, Inti sejjaħtilna għall-qdusija. Sejjaħtilna biex nieħdu sehem fil-ħajja tal-Familja Divina TiegħeK bi Kristu, ma’ Kristu u fi Kristu. Aħna nitolbuK li, fil-Benefiċenza TiegħeK, tagħtina l-grazzji kollha meħtieġa biex ngħixu skont ir-Rieda Divina TiegħeK u noffruleK f’kull ħin u f’kull mument, il-milja tal-gratitudni tagħna, il-qima tagħna, ir-radd il-ħajr u s-suppliki tagħna. Aħna nikkonsagraw rwieħna formalment LileK bħala wlied ħaljin li qed nirritornaw għand il-Missier Li jħobbna. Aċċettana, poġġi dijadema rjali fuq subgħajna. Libbisna lbies irjali vjola u ħejjijna għall-festa, għall-pranzu, li Inti ħejjejt għall-ulied fidili kollha tiegħeK. Amen.

The Consecration Prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father in various languages

The Consecration (Seal) Prayer to the Divine Heart of God the Father is being translated into various languages from the original English, so it becomes more easily accessible for people across the globe. The prayer will be posted here and made available for free download in its various translations as soon as the latter are ready. Translated languages so far include Maltese, Italian, and French.

Pray for the intentions of the Almighty Father

Do not pray solely for yourself and for others. Pray also for the intentions, the desires, of God the Almighty Father. It is what He wants at this time.

It is time – The relationship between the Father and the child

And everyone who has left houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or land for the sake of My Name will be repaid a hundred times over, and also inherit eternal life (Mt 19:29).

Give Him everything. It is time. Give Him everything without the slightest hesitation: everything you are and everything you are not; everything you have and everything you have not, down to the slightest thing. The Almighty and incomparable Father will supply and repay you like none other. He will repay you with a joy beyond description and He will give you His very own Self.

Yes, the Father will give you Himself and everything that is His in the entire universe, including His only-begotten Son in like (but not identical) manner to how He had given Him to the Virgin Mary – the coming of the Kingdom. Give yourself to the Heavenly Father, therefore, no matter who you are; no matter where you are. Give yourself to Him without fear, from the bottom of your heart. You can never lose, you can only gain.

God the Father icon in Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography

APPROACHING THE DIVINE FRONT COVERThe 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 HeartApproaching the Divine is available in hardback, paperback and ebook editions.

On the Divine Heart of God our Father – 12

“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…)

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 11

“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).

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 10

“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.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 9

“In Paradise the Son is residing within the Heart of the Father, conversing with the Father in the Garden over Adam” – Saint Hippolytus.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 8

“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.

Devotion to the Divine Heart of God our Father

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 7

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.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 6

“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.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 5

“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. 

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 4

“Return to that most loving Heart of your Father, which is full of love and mercy for you, which will receive you home, heaping upon you blessings. Return, you transgressors, to the Heart, ‘which means to My Heart that is all yours, since I have given it entirely to you'” – Saint Eudes, in Milcent, P. (1963). Saint John Eudes, p. 130. Glasgow: John S. Burns and Sons.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 3

“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.

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 2

“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.

 

On God the Father’s Divine Heart – 1

“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.