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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Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder but in the re-opened heart of our soul.
I desire mercy, not sacrifice and the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings (Hos 6:6).
God is love; infinite love. He does not want sacrifices, rationalizations and pontifications. He only desires to be loved with genuineness from the bottom of your hearts. Please, love Him “with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Dt 6:5; Mt 22:37; Mk 12:30; Lk 10:27). Continue reading
If you will not hearken and if you will not take it to heart, to give glory unto My name, says Hashem of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings . . . Behold, I will rebuke the seed for your hurt and will spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your sacrifices; and you shall be taken away unto it (Mal 2:2-3).
Self-love has come to rule in your hearts. They have taken up the place of ‘king,’ replacing the legitimate rule of the King of glory. How can you say that you love Him when you do not visit Him, you do not even go to see Him? Patiently, He waits and waits and waits; imprisoned and exposed anew. Continue reading
Take heed to your spirit and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth (Mal 2:15).
The Beggar for Love
He waits for you all day long, a divine Prisoner in His own abode. Yet you do not care to visit Him even for one measly hour, to sit with Him and speak with Him in silence, from your hearts to His Heart. This is happening because true love has become absent from your hearts. Continue reading
A son honors his father and a servant his master. If then I be a father, where is My honor? And if I be a master, where is My fear? says HaShem of hosts to you, O priests that despise My name (Mal 1:6).
How can you live or claim to purport to live without divine life, light and love within yourselves? How can you claim to be so assuredly alive, to possess the fullness of Truth, when so many of you are mortally dead? Continue reading
I am HaShem your God from the land of Egypt and you know no God but Me, and besides Me there is no savior. I knew you in the wilderness, in the land of great drought. But when they were fed, they became full. They were filled and their heart was exalted, so they have forgotten Me (Hos 13:6).
You say that you love, but you simply pretend to love, going through the motions, for in reality you do not love. You simply hate with a hatred that is intense in its coldness and indifference of Him who loves you with infinity. Your hearts – so many of your hearts – are far away, very far away, from true love. Continue reading
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you will be no priest to Me. Seeing as you have forgotten the law of your God, I too will forget your children (Hos 4:6).
Love should fill the hearts of His people, yet love is dead because His Spirit is absent. How can you love or speak openly about love, if you do not cherish God-within-you (Rv 21:3) who is love? Continue reading
How shall I give you up, Ephraim? How shall I surrender you, Israel? How shall I make you as Admah? How shall I set you as Zeboim? (Hos 11:8).
The consensual silence of man in the face of the most horrid neglect of Him who is infinite love is abominable (Dn 9:27, 11:31, 12:11). It is the silence of those who are neither hot, nor cold (Rv 3:16) – the silence of the lukewarm. The silence Continue reading
Plead with your mother, plead; for she is not My wife, neither am I her husband. And let her put away her harlotries from her face and her adulteries from her breasts (Hos 2:4).
Those who profess to love Him, do not love Him. They love Him only with their lips as their hearts are very far away. Under a ceaseless variety of rationalizations, they do not tender Him with care, for love – true love – is missing from their hearts, minds and souls. Continue reading
From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return unto Me and I will return unto you, says HaShem of hosts. But you say, “Wherein shall we return? Will a man rob God?” Yet you rob Me (Mal 3:7-8).
Love is not wanted any longer despite all He has given them throughout the centuries. Even the wandering animals He has created enter and sit with Him, unbidden, to keep Him company and bask in His infinite love. But His people – His very own people, those dearest Continue reading
The Father and the Mother sacrificed their only Son, divine and human, while Christ died tortured on the Cross for them. Yet this people does not care.
Return, O Israel, unto HaShem your God, for you have stumbled in your iniquity (Hos 14:2).
A voice in the desert, the barren wilderness, cries out to God’s own people:
Not even the slightest spark of reverence exists in His Presence any longer. All is dead despite the appearance of being alive, for love in the hearts of this people has grown cold and bitter. Love Himself is neglected and abandoned. Nothing is offered to Him, that He desires and has ceaselessly begged for. Continue reading
According to St Nikita Stithatos, the differences between dreams, revelations and visions can be discerned as follows:
- Dreams are "images that do not remain unchanged in the imaginative faculty of the nous," the heart of the soul. Dreams "present a confused picture
To be a human being is to be a child of God.
Many of us do not know what this means anymore and many others have not learned. We live in our physical bodies, yet we do not live; we just exist. We go through the motions every day, but this is the extent of what we attain, for many of us are none other than spiritually dead.
"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field (Mt 13:44) . . . Jesus came to reveal the love of the Father whole mission was to bring us back to the Kingdom of His Father.
The image and likeness is the real foundation of all iconicity realized by man, whether by word or in some other way. The icon cannot be confused or identified with that which is portrayed, but neither can it be separated from that which is portrayed . . . The iconicity in the icon is formed by its inscription, by the name given to it . . . of divine revelation. The picture in the icon is a hieroglyph of the name (Bulgakov).
Father, please give us all the graces and blessings that you wish to give us this day, the grace to accept them and at least some of those graces and blessings that no one else wants; that are lying there, unused and unclaimed, in Your vast storehouse of graces. Thank You, O most beautiful and tender Father, for lovingly hearing our prayer.
You love and You love intensely. Even though some may believe You are absent, You are never far away. All we need to do is call You, “Father,” and You come running to our aid.
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.
A Voice Calling God’s People is a call from the barren wilderness, a cry from the heart, to God’s own people, to return to Him who loved them, who was their first love and who is infinite love. This short book was written during the vigil of Pentecost. A Voice Calling God’s People can be obtained globally through Amazon in Kindle electronic edition.
The Heart of the Father: Why the Paternal Heart of Life is the Answer to the Culture of Death by Thomas W. Petrisko (2013) of Saint Andrew's Productions.
“"We raise our voices and pray that the Love which is in the Father,” Pope John Paul II writes in Dives in Misericordia, “may once again be revealed at this stage of history…that it may be shown to be present in our modern world to be more powerful than evil, more powerful than sin and death.”
Another question has been asked: “What was Adam like?” The short answer is before he sinned by buying into the lie that he did not need God and could become God, Adam was beautiful – like the Virgin Mary – because he was fully deified. Before the fall, Adam was in and with God each moment of his Continue reading
The question was 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 Continue reading
(Note: I used Grammarly to grammar check this post as it is effective).
Living in the Divine Heart of God our Father is to live in immeasurable sweetness, tenderness and love – a union of adoration, joy and bliss amid the suffering of our earthly toil. In the Father, we find respite and refreshment from the world, as we drink life from the core of His Heart. But to receive the Continue reading