The goodness of the Father

The pure goodness found in the Divine Heart of God the Father is indescribable and infinite. His fatherly tenderness and ceaseless generosity never fail to stun and leave one in awe.

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Is God my spiritual Father? – Response to a question

The question was asked: “Is God my spiritual Father?” The short answer is: “Not only as that is only one aspect of His function as a Father.” God the first Person of the Holy Trinity is your One, true Father because He made you, He created you, out of His divine volition. Hence He loves you with an intensity and Continue reading “Is God my spiritual Father? – Response to a question”

Can the proud abandon themselves to the Father’s providence?

The question was asked, “Can the proud truly abandon themselves to the providence of God the Father?” The answer, albeit brief and contrary to popular opinion, is “yes.” The proud in themselves cannot abandon themselves to the Father’s providence, because humility is needed Continue reading “Can the proud abandon themselves to the Father’s providence?”

The heart of the soul

Within the deepest recesses of a soul is a place that has been created by God the Father; this place can only be accessed by Himself as First Person of the Holy Trinity. At the moment of our conception, right at the beginning of our cellular development as human beings, the said Continue reading “The heart of the soul”

Reference point for God’s existence is His Fatherhood – 3

“The Father derives from Himself His being, nor does He derive a single quality from another. Rather He is Himself the beginning and cause of the existence of all things both as to their nature and mode of being. All then that the Son and the Spirit have is from the Father, even their Continue reading “Reference point for God’s existence is His Fatherhood – 3”

Reference point for God’s existence is His Fatherhood – 2

In worshiping ‘God of God’ we both confess the distinction of Persons and abide by the Monarchy (Basil the Great, On the Holy Spirit, 18; PG 32).

The source of power is the Father; the power is the Son; the spirit of power is the Holy Spirit (Gregory of Nazianzus, Oratione 23, 11; PG 35).

“In Greek patristic literature, one often finds the idea of causality Continue reading “Reference point for God’s existence is His Fatherhood – 2”

Reference point for God’s existence is His Fatherhood – 1

The Father willed His own hypostasis (Athanasius the Great, Third discourse against the Arians). A single God because a single Father (Athanasius the Great).

“The ultimate and the foremost point of reference for the existence of God is not the Essence, it is the Father . . . you cannot proceed from Continue reading “Reference point for God’s existence is His Fatherhood – 1”

We do not know the first Person unless we call Him Father

If only we ourselves loved Him, our heavenly Father, in a truly filial way! (Seraphim of Sarov)

“The name Father has thus been revealed to men . . . [but] what is this Father’s own Name? . . . No man knows God unless he confess Him Continue reading “We do not know the first Person unless we call Him Father”

God the first Person is Father not mother – 4

Why is it more fitting to call God the first Person of the Trinity as ‘Father’ and the second Person as ‘Son,’ rather than as mother and daughter?

“It is more consistent to call the supreme Spirit Father than mother, for Continue reading “God the first Person is Father not mother – 4”

God the first Person is Father not mother – 3

The Father is greater than I (Jn 14:28)

“The very center of a saving faith is the belief not merely in God, but in God as a Father; not merely in Christ, but in Christ as the Son of God; in Him not as a creature, but as God the Creator, born of God . . . because there is a Father, we know that there is a Son . . . The Father is greater Continue reading “God the first Person is Father not mother – 3”