The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding (Ph 4:7), is gratuitously granted to all men of good will. Ask for it, therefore. Do not hesitate to ask for it with genuineness of heart, and the Almighty Father will grant it to you in the heart of your soul.
The true measure of a man can be seen not by the love he shows towards his friends, but by the degree to which he loves his enemies. For “if you only love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not even the publicans do the same? [So] Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you. And pray for them who persecute you and calumniate you, that you may be the children of your Father who is heaven and who makes His sun rise upon the good and the bad, and rain upon the just and the unjust” (Mt 5:44-46).
The difference between the darkness and the light is that the former sends forth all kinds of falsehoods to appear as light, while being no more than multiple variations of darkness itself; whereas the light shines through with the reality of truth Who is God like Whom there is no other.
Humankind cannot truly rest in fellow man or in the world, because he has been placed by God the Father above nature and the world. Humankind can only rest in God, because no one other than God Who transcends man can really satiate his entire being.
He comes in humility, without any fanfare – just like His Son came when He was born.
When we offer Mass to God our Father and praise Him, we console His wounded Divine Heart tremendously.
“Visibility of the invisible, this portrayability of the unportrayable, is what the icon is” (Bulgakov).
“We are all called to be children of the one Father and brothers among ourselves . . . God is reality with a capital ‘R’ . . . a Father of goodness and infinite mercy” (Pope Francis, Letter to Eugenio Scalfari, 2013).
He will never abandon you, if you turn to Him, especially if you do so with your whole heart. The pure Father cannot but love, most intensely, for He is Love.
There is no true and lasting happiness outside God, because He is in His very essence order, peace, joy, love and happiness. We may try to find happiness in other events, places and persons, as so many of us still try to do. But we will never be satisfied unless we let ourselves be loved thoroughly by God our Father and become immersed in Him, for that is the reason we were made.
The Almighty but ever-sweet, beautiful Father wants our hearts. He desires intensely to be loved and known. Will you give Him your heart, love from your heart, in exchange for the most sweet, tender, gratifying, all-encompassing love ever known to man? Our Father waits and loves. Will you return His love?
We are never alone yet many of us remain unaware of this. We have a Father, a very tender and good Father, who protects us at every turn, as long as we let Him do so.