“Progress in our nation happens when everyday Americans get involved and come together to chart our country’s course. It’s that uniquely American character—enhanced by a rich diversity of beliefs and a deep reservoir of ideas—that has always propelled us forward. As long as citizens of every party, every background, and every walk of life continue speaking out on the issues that matter to them and working toward the future we know is possible, our best days will always lie ahead” – Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize winner. Dated 10/5/2017.
- “Impressive documentation of systematic discrimination since the foundation of America.”
- “Very fair book, needs to be read by those of us who have been driven in a conservative direction. This book quite rightly tells us to be cautious about the Right.”
- “What an amazing, damning story. Some of the statistics are amazing. I hope the whole world gets to read this wonderful and inspiring book.”
- “Challenges American Christians to ask if the Gospel of Trump is compatible with the Gospel of Christ.”
- “A passionate book unafraid of controversy.”
- “Struck me emotionally to the core.”
- “Magnificently presents the bottom line of America’s 21st century alt-right and Catholic Social Doctrine by utilizing true data.”
- “Provides a hard look at ourselves and awakens readers to draw out a decisive outcome of the future as a country and as Catholics.”
Exploring the question of the Executive Orders titled Protecting the Nation from the lens of Sacred Scripture and the teachings and praxis of the Catholic Church, in Who Are You? What is Your Faith? America’s 21st Century Alt-Right and Catholic Social Doctrine, Bartolo-Abela elucidates how race is the key sociopolitical ordering factor at play in the history and current state of America, with regard to fundamental human rights and the inviolable dignity of human persons. She explicates the underlying nature and stunning demographics of a newly-defined American alt-right population, and shows how at least two antithetical forms of both Christianity and Catholicism are being actively employed in the United States, at the intersection of politics and religion, to further a multidimensional racial agenda. Bartolo-Abela reminds readers how an effective and genuine remedy to America’s conflict does exist in accordance with the Faith and provides recommendations for non-violent change. This revised edition includes a letter received by the author from former President Barack Obama in relation to this work and some updated information.
The Western Catholic Church is fast losing her centuries-old sense of the uncreated beauty of God, as manifested through the created beauty of sacred art, by buying into postmodern minimalism for new churches. This loss is occurring despite the Church’s longstanding tradition as Patroness of the Arts and the 1999 call of Saint John Paul II for the urgent need to return to “epiphanies of beauty” in Catholic churches worldwide. In the meantime, icons and iconographic frescos that populate Orthodox churches remain much sought after by believers and non-believers alike for their timeless beauty and inescapable sense of the transcendent. Will the People of God be able to resist the new iconoclasm characterized by facelessness in the Western Church through the triumphant and hidden power of icons?
This book documents a series of engaging conversations about the role that icons have in the Church at large and the role they can play at present in the Roman Catholic Church itself. These conversations were held between the author and a group of traditional Catholics earlier this year.
Deification of Man in Christianity (2014).
“Although very concise, this small book offers a very good introduction to the Deification/Theosis of man, the very purpose of all our lives. It is replete with credible references, both biblical and from respected saints, that together provide a sound basis for the postulation of the author, who here in this book attempts to represent the overarching view of deification to those less familiar or completely unacquainted. The book is readable within a couple of hours . . . [it] is recommended for those that would like a better understanding of theosis, but without having to encounter all the accompanying extraneous theological baggage” (Amazon.co.uk).
“We tend to associate deification with the Christian tradition of the East. However, as the author of this very good summary of the subject shows, deification is very much part of the Western tradition as well . . . The author succeeds in showing us that Christian spirituality is very rich and, by the grace of God, very achievable” (Catholic Medical Quarterly).
Deification is the transformation of man into god through the grace of God. Predominant in the theology of Eastern Christianity, but marginalized and obscured in contemporary interpretations of the theology of Western Christianity, Bartolo-Abela explores in this book how it is deification, not just salvation, that was and remains the intent of God for mankind, with deification occurring not solely in patria, but in via and in patria. This is an understanding of deification which has been largely lost and needs to be recovered in the Western Church.
Examining the works of the Church Fathers on both sides of the East-West divide in Christianity, Bartolo-Abela shows that rather than being restricted to the East, deification featured consistently in many theological works popular in the West, with the most prominent being those of Aquinas, Augustine, Hilary of Poitiers, Irenaeus and Jerome. Bartolo-Abela argues that it was deification, not just salvation as commonly understood, that was also inherently referred to by Paul VI in the universal call to holiness found in Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. Deification is the process of man becoming god and attaining theoria, seeing God, after purification of the heart and illumination of the heart of the soul have ensued through baptism in the Holy Spirit, as understood throughout tradition. Deification from this life, not solely the next, is the desire of God for mankind in accord with the words of Christ and Peter, “I said you are gods” (Jn 10:34) and “partakers of the divine nature” (2 P 1:4).
In The Divine Heart of God the Father an intimate portrayal of the Father and His Divine Heart is provided through brief narratives. Topics include how our Father is in relationship with us, the inestimable beauty of His Majesty; His sweetness, softness, gentleness and tenderness as Almighty Father. His profound thirst for union with us, deep sorrow at our distance and urgent call for us to return to live in His Infinite Love. The process of union with God the Father from the heart of our souls to the Core of His Divine Heart is described, from the context of the New Israel and intersecting relationships with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Holy Spirit and the Heart of the Holy Trinity. The tapestry of interplay between our Father’s Divine Heart, Will and infinite love is explained, while the upcoming reign of the Father in the Eucharistic Era of the Holy Spirit is introduced.
The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives (2013).
Review: “Each of the author’s personal accounts (peira) are beautifully conveyed in a style which will leave even the most pious reader feeling unworthy to eavesdrop on these intimate revelations. The pure reverence and humility in which these accounts are presented filled me with hope, and softened my natural scrutiny of the extraordinary. After reading the touching forward remarks and witnessing the author’s devotion to the Feast of the Father of All Mankind, I knew there was clearly something special within these pages. I was surprised and delighted to have this peace of mind early on, as it allowed me to enjoy the gifts of this book without distraction. And what gifts they turned out to be! Each of the author’s descriptions were compelling both spiritually and intellectually, leaving me to ponder their content well after I had finished reading. What struck me most was how timeless the tenets of our faith are. Faith, Hope and Love are as important and applicable now as they ever have been. Names, dates, locations and societies may change, but we remain sinners who need the redemptive love of God the Father . . . Through reading these accounts, it becomes clear that the only measure of time one needs to be concerned with is eternity. I recommend these experiential narratives to all of the faithful. You will be blessed by their message.”
- “Very well written and full of amazing experiences.”
- “Consumed it, could not put it down. Must read it again and again.”
- “Powerful, inspiring.”
- “It is striking.”
- “Well written and experiences are expressed in clear, easy descriptions.”
In The Divine Family: Experiential Narratives 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.
Topics include a comparative description of the archangels, the reality of Hell and Satan together with the power of consecration to the Almighty Father; the power of sacramental confession, various descriptions of the Virgin Mary, including Her incomparable motherliness, Her power against evil spirits and the unparalleled beauty of Her singing. Descriptions of Jesus Christ include His actions during the illumination of conscience, His presentation by the Father, the immeasurability of His love and the process which ensues between the Father and the Son when the former speaks. The description of the Holy Spirit portrays Him as a pillar of sweetness and love. Descriptions of God the Father include His manner of being during the illumination, how He is in relationship as a Father, His tirelessness in seeking out His children, the intimacy He profoundly desires and the infinite love of His Divine Heart. The epilogue addresses the deification of the Virgin Mary according to the early Christians and Greek Fathers of the Church.
The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Apologia and Canon (2012).
In The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father, the background of the revealed, diptych ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts is presented, together with the related Consecration (Seal) Prayer to the Almighty Father. The icon apologia and canon are elucidated. The ecumenical importance of the icon of the Divine Heart for the universal Church is addressed, together with the basis for the icon in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, as well as its meaning for our present times and eschatological future. The aims of the icon, history of God the Father in iconography, and pertinent Church Council decrees are explored. The history of the first icon of the Eternal Father in the Catholic Church is given, with evidence of the Divine Paternal Heart, including Scriptural evidence, and the history/revelations of this second icon of the Father in the Catholic Church. A summary theology of the Divine Heart icon is outlined, with reference to the liturgy, Catholic/Orthodox mysticism, the era of the eighth day and deification of man, the universal call to holiness, and the de-Christianization of our times.
The Warrior-Prince: Saint Michael the Archangel (2015).
A serious paucity of accessible and reliable literature exists, in a single place, on The Warrior-Prince, Saint Michael the Archangel. Written simply, with icons and a fairly comprehensive bibliography included, derived from both Judeo-Christian scholarship and tradition, this small book is intended to fill that need in relation to the great, humble, but ever-powerful warrior and guardian of the universal Church. The book is particularly suitable for those who do not know the Archangel Michael or who desire to know more about him. According to the Greek Fathers, the Archangel Michael is the prince of the Seraphim and the defender of the Faith. The Mozarabic Breviary establishes Michael’s place in heaven above that of the 24 elders mentioned in Sacred Scripture. In the Greek liturgy, Michael is called the Archistrategos – the Arch-General; Generalissimo. Archangel Michael is also one of the seven angels who serve directly in front of the throne of God the Almighty Father. The main feast day of the Archangel Michael in the Catholic Church is on the 29th September, the Feast of the Archangels. Michael’s feast day in the Orthodox Church is on 8th November, the Synaxis of the Holy Archangels.
Thoughts for the Day: Reflections for the Soul (2011).
- “Many beautiful quotes, allusions, and thoughts…Many of the reflections work to inspire a closer examination of one’s purpose in life and place in the universe, no matter what religion you are.”
- “Series of meditations on the Father, surely the most neglected Person of the Holy Trinity…quite inspirational.”
- “Great book to pick up and read on a daily basis.”
In Thoughts for the Day are over 390 brief reflections that can be used for daily spiritual growth, about our relationship with God our Father and His Divine Family. Topics include being a child of God, the infinite love of our Father’s Divine Heart, His intense desire for us. The interplay between the Divine Heart, Will and Infinite Love, as well as the Three Hearts and the heart of our souls. More topics are growing in love and holiness, experiencing the peace, joy and happiness of Heaven while on earth, living in the Holy Spirit, and reaching the fullness of our Inheritance.
God’s Gift to Humanity: The Relationship Between Phinehas and Consecration to God the Father (2011) – OUT OF PRINT.
In God’s Gift to Humanity, the relationship between Old Testament high priest Phinehas, grandson of Aaron, and consecration to God the Father in the 21st century is explored. Consecration results in the Father’s Seal, together with the covenants of peace, everlasting priesthood, and right to expiate acceptably for self and others in His sight. These gifts are analogous to what Yahweh had originally granted Phinehas during the Israelites’ stay in the desert, after slaying the heresy of Pe’or, thus enabling the people to enter the promised land. The Seal of the Father supersedes the mark of the beast in the Book of Revelation, hence it can effectively end the heresy of the 21st century. Consecration to the Father in our times, is also one of the entryways into the New Israel.
Relics of the Saints: January-February (2015).
Relics of the Saints: January-February looks at relics of the saints for the aforementioned two months in the calendar of the Church. Written by the Reverend Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A., and Marcelle Bartolo-Abela, Relics of the Saints features in large, full color illustrations the first and second class relics, many of them rare, of 42 saints and blesseds venerated by the Catholic Church and/or the Orthodox Church during the liturgical months of January and February. Included are relics of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints Anthony the Great, Basil of Caesarea, Cyril and Methodius, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Ephraim the Syrian, Gregory of Nazianzus, Hilary of Poitiers, the Japanese Martyrs, John the Baptist, John Chrysostom, Josephine Bakhita, Marcella of Rome, Maximus the Hagiorite, Seraphim of Sarov, Symeon the God-receiver, Thomas Aquinas, and the Three Kings among others. Highlights of the lives of the saints and blesseds are also presented from authoritative sources, together with details of where the relics may now be found.
A Voice Calling God’s People (2013).
In this short book titled 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.