Iconic light becomes incarnate grace, materialized, and it must be received as such in contemplation. Contemplation is not simply passive reception but requires all the dynamism of the spirit; the light of God must therefore be assimilated in order to be transmitted to others. Man thus enters into the divine eros. The knowledge of the intelligible light becomes illumination and thereby man moves toward the brilliantly shining darkness of the absolute mystery – E. Sendler, The Icon: Image of the Invisible.
The movement of love which proceeds from the Father spreads out His light on all creatures. By knowledge, episteme, and contemplation, theoria, creatures purify themselves of everything that blocks the realization of the likeness with God and thus elevate themselves to God to become deified – E. Sendler, The Icon: Image of the Invisible.
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).