When God our Father is absent from the hearts and lives of the people, chaos returns to the earth because there can be no order without the Father who is order Himself.
God the Father is love and mercy in Himself. But He is also justice. We cannot have one without the other, to suit our desires, because He is perfect.
How can we hate or despise one another when we have one Father, a Father who loves each one of us with inconceivable intensity and depth? How can we love Him as He deeply desires if we keep hating one another?
Love! Even when you are being wounded without respite from every side, love! Even if it hurts like hell to love at that instant, ask for the grace of being able to love and do so. God will grant such a grace. For love, genuine love not hate, is the true answer to all the problems we have in the world.
Timelessness is beautiful: such love, order and peace. If only we all knew what God fully intended us to be and how to live.
The question was once again asked, “What is true love?” The answer is simple. True love is that which gives to another or others without counting the personal cost of giving. The epitome of true love is found in God the Father who sacrificed His only Son, so we would not suffer to the same degree and be separated from Him – Infinite Love – for eternity. Continue reading
Hop over and have a look at Created Beauty, the new website for my icons. To the left you can see a snapshot of it. I thought to set up a different site for the icons so that they will remain largely separate from my written work. I named the site Created Beauty because icons are created windows that open unto Him who is Uncreated Beauty – the Divine Light.
The Father is a total gift of His divinity to the Son and the Spirit . . . The Father is divinity, but precisely because He is the Father, He confers it in its fullness on the two other Persons . . . The Father is the source of love (V. Lossky, 2001).
An icon cannot be invented. Only those who know from personal experience the state it portrays can create images corresponding to it, which are truly “a revelation and evidence of things hidden” (Ouspensky, 1999, The meaning of icons).
Icons are not only manifestations of heaven to earth – a window or door by which saints may reveal themselves to us – but are also an offering of man to God, a priestly prayer in paint rather than word (Hart, 2011, Icons and the spiritual role of matter).
To the right is a portable icon of God the Father that I just completed, barring the drying which will occur over the next few weeks. Dimensions are 20cm x 30cm. Materials are wood with linen and traditional gesso, 23.5 kt gold leaf burnished by hand and natural egg tempera with inorganic pigments.
Before anyone screams that this icon is heretical because the Father is depicted, not Christ; He is shown alone, with a beard, and all the usual arguments from the adherents of sola patristica, read how it is permissible in the Church to paint icons of the Almighty Father. Indeed, it was both common in the early Church and our Father intensely desires to be loved, adored and worshipped with the relative worship of proskynesis as evidenced here and here.
Originally, I intended to paint this icon for myself. But in the process of drawing it and applying the roskrysh and first highlights, the icon became so liked that it will now be in the private possession of an interfaith family. The above icon of God the Father was blessed at Santa Venera Catholic Church, Malta, on the feastday of the Presentation of the Child Mary in the Temple (2013).
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