In The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives by Marcelle Bartolo-Abela, the lived experiences of the author with the Members of the Divine Family and others are presented openly in print for the first time. These experiences occurred from 2010 through 2012. Written predominantly in a dialogical narrative style suitable for believers and non-believers alike, the author chronicles first-hand some of her personal experiences with the archangels Michael and Raphael; demons and Satan, the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father. Continue reading
God is my Father! How many of us have really reflected upon the inherent reality of this statement, a statement which also happens to be a fact? Have we ever truly considered the real, personal meaning of this simple, plain, but profoudly powerful fact, within the intricate structure of our daily lives? For example, what does it mean to us personally that Continue reading
Sitting atop of all creation, in His Heavenly Kingdom, is our Father, holding us securely in His Divine Heart, nested in His Core of Light and Life, to keep us safely ensconced in His infinite love. Safe from the despicable schemes and endless ravages of the enemy, upon every aspect of our lives and selves; that enemy, the Red Dragon (Rv 12:3) who, Continue reading
“The soul becomes god and rests from all its mental and physical works by participation in divine grace; at the same time all the natural operations of the body rest with it. They are deified along with the soul in proportion to its participation in the deification, to the extent that then only God will be visible, through the soul as well as through the body; t Continue reading
From the Core of the Divine Heart of God the Father radiates forth all Life, Light and Love, because He is the Creator. It is from this very Core, that can be considered as the heart of the Divine Heart, that our Father is united in Oneness with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, because all of the aforementioned originates from the fusion of these two Hearts Continue reading
We have both the ability and the power to console our omnipotent and Almighty God – think about that. We, puny little people, essentially incapable of doing anything, including breathing, unless our Divine Father expressly wills or permits it, have been granted the capacity by God the Father to console Him: man can console his God. Think about Continue reading
“The gift of grace surpasses every capability of created nature, since it is nothing short of a partaking of the Divine Nature, which exceeds every other nature . . . God alone should deify, bestowing a partaking of the Divine Nature by a participated likeness” (Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, 2.1:112.1).
Deification is God’s perfect and full penetration of man (Dumitru Staniloae)
Meeting the Divine Light results in our obtaining “a knowledge beyond everything which we experience within the limits of our natural power of knowing . . . [Resulting in] knowledge beyond knowledge . . . The vision of the Divine Light is a vision and a knowledge [cause by a] divine energy, and received by man by means of a divine energy. It is a vision Continue reading
“What do men want? To become gods or to make gods?”(Augustine of Hippo, Dolbeau 6.3).
God, you see, wants to make you a god; not by nature, of course, like the One whom He begot; but by His gift and by adoption (Augustine of Hippo, Serm. 166.4).
There are two kinds of deification. The first kind refers to the “elevation of man to the highest level of his natural powers . . . [by] the divine power of grace [being] active in him Continue reading
The immense tenderness that exudes from our Father’s Divine Heart has to be experienced to be truly known. God the Father is the most tender and intensely loving Parent: never pushing any of us beyond what we can endure in the moment, although He continually sets progressively higher targets for us to achieve, to facilitate our spiritual growth in our Continue reading
“If you have not discerned that the eye of your mind has been opened,
And that it has seen the light;
If you have not perceived the sweetness of the Godhead;
If you have not been personally enlightened by the Holy Spirit . . . Continue reading
When we meet the Divine Light of God in the heart of our souls, we do not need to attempt to “seek out either His nature or the energies of His Holy Spirit; their ‘how’ or ‘why’ [because the Light Himself] is sufficient. [He is both] that which is seen and the instrumentality by which the created soul is given to see” (Symeon the New Theologian).
The Divine Light gives the individual “boldness before God, the boon of speaking to Him as friend to Friend and of interceding on behalf of others . . . It is the robe and crown of glory which Adam lost in Eden . . . the presence now of the world to come, the foretaste and pledge of the eschaton, here in our midst as it shall be on the last day . . . Continue reading
“Rapture of the mind does not apply to the perfect but to beginners . . . [For when the soul continues to live in the Divine Light, it is then] initiated into and taught wonders upon wonders, and mysteries upon mysteries . . . [Such a soul] himself becomes a divinely inspired book for others . . . [as] the same One Who inspired the scriptural Continue reading
Meeting God the Father in His Divine Light entails the vision, the contemplation “not of the divine nature . . . but of the glory of His nature” (Gregory Palamas, The triads). This is what is meant by the respective invisibility/visibility dimension of the essence/energies distinction of the Christian East, a distinction largely absent in the Christian West, with such Continue reading
When we gives ourselves to Him as an act of our free-will, God the Father “becomes intimately present in those who are experiencing His light, and He is no longer seen as the distant cause and unapproachable essence” (Untea, C. 2010. The concept of being in Aquinas and Palamas).
Deification or “the divinization of the Christian is not an identification with God; it is only an assimilation, a very eminent restoration of the original divine likeness . . . The Christian participates by grace in the perfections that God possesses by nature . . . [Hence] due to the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit in the righteous, the Spirit transforms the Continue reading
According to St Nikitas Stithatos, the three stages of our love for God is as follows:
- In the first stage we experience “contempt for visible and human things,” as part of our beginning love for God; Continue reading
“Anyone who receives a commandment and does it, mystically receives the All-Holy Trinity” (Maximus the Confessor).
The creature, the soul, to whom God the Father deigns to cast His Eyes upon and manifest Himself to as Infinite Love, in His most tender Mercy, desires to do nothing other than take Him completely unto herself. She desires, with a depth of desire previously unknown, to love Him with the entirety of herself: that is with all of her mind, heart, body, soul, Continue reading
When a person is spiritually unhealthy, spiritually ill, the heart of his soul - the nous – ends up being directed and dominated by reason, deifying the latter, instead of imbuing reason with grace, thus achieving the appropriate balance between faith and reason. Attuning our nous, the heart of our soul, through purifying Continue reading
We cannot acquire true love for God the Father unless, first, the heart of our soul, the nous, has been purified and illuminated, because it is precisely the heart of the soul that “is the image of God, knows God, and alone of everything on earth can, if it wishes, become god” (Gregory Palamas) by grace. Sense perceptions cannot Continue reading
How can we know with certainty when souls are in good spiritual health or not? That is, beyond assuming that we are not in mortal sin? According to Gregory Palamas – the theologian and saint of the Divine Light – “the only proof of a soul in good health” is when it attains theoria – the vision of God, through the Continue reading
Although many of us experience it, fear is never from God. Fear is provoked either directly or indirectly by Satan and his demon-minions, because before they engage an individual in their attempts to make him/her fall, they “usually create fear in the soul . . . But the soul filled with courage and valour by the Holy Spirit, will Continue reading
One of the greatest weapons we have in fighting off the attacks of Satan and his demon-minions is, specifically, prayer from the heart, especially the heart of the soul – noetic prayer. Such prayer “drives the demons away because they do not want us to win crowns from God in our battle against them” (Met. Hierotheos. Continue reading
According to Sts. Diadochos of Photiki and Nikitas Stithatos, Satan and his demon-minions are “extremely frightened of the grace of the divine Spirit, especially when It is abundantly present in us or when we have been cleansed through spiritual reading and pure prayer” and, especially, the Sacrament of Continue reading
The immense tenderness that exudes from our Father’s Divine Heart has to be experienced to be truly known. God the Father is the most tender and intensely loving Parent: never pushing any of us beyond what we can endure in the moment, although He continually sets progressively higher targets for us to achieve, to facilitate our spiritual growth in our journey toward holiness. Even when our Father causes us to see, from within His very own Divine Light (the light of Truth), all the sins we have committed in our lifetime and never Continue reading
Discerning the vision of the uncreated Divine Light of God (theoria), from Satan appearing as an angel of light, is not complicated. According to St John Climacus and patristics, in the first instance “the soul rejoices . . . [and the] Light of God is without form, white and brings peace to the soul.” In the second instance, Continue reading
Discernment of dreams
According to St John Climacus, a simple method exists of discerning the origins of dreams we can have – that is, where they come from. The method is as follows: Continue reading