He will crush your heart

GodtheFather5He will crush your heart so that you can learn to love His people as He desires them to be loved; indeed, as He has loved them Himself. For without a heart that is crushed, it would remain closed or insufficiently open to His people and they would remain unable to enter into His Heart. He will crush your heart so that you become more and more like His Son, taking on not just the image that was imprinted on our souls at conception, but also His beautiful likeness; the likeness of the Lamb and the Lion of Judah.

He will crush your heart so that you will never be better off than your Master and Savior; your Brother. He shall afflict you with some of the same trials, part of the same Chalice, that He bestowed upon His Son for our salvation and deification. In the process you will meet the postmodern-day Judas Iscariot face to face – as traitorous, as hate-filled, as vicious, and no less vengeful than was the original Judas. Even more, He will crush your heart with the same sorrows that were endured by the Mother so that you will know what the salvation of your soul entailed.

Above all, He will crush your heart so that you become the means through which His people, His long-lost and ever-stubborn children, can return to Him in safety. He shall crush your heart so that His children can all finally call out to Him, with the entirety of their beings, the sweet name of Father.

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Racism is a sin

UPDATE: Here is also the latest pastoral letter The Challenge of Racism Today just released by Donald, Cardinal Wuerl (click on the above link).

Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family, and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father. Racism is the sin that says some human beings are inherently superior and others essentially inferior because of races. It is the sin that makes racial characteristics the determining factor for the exercise of human rights. It mocks the words of Jesus: “Treat others the way you would have them treat you.” Indeed, racism is more than a disregard for the words of Jesus; it is a denial of the truth of the dignity of each human being revealed by the mystery of the Incarnation.

Racism is a sin and a grave one at that. Unfortunately, not many people these days realize it whereas a multitude of others deny this basic truth outright.The latter category tends to include many, many Catholics and Christians who consider themselves ‘holy’ or ‘pious’ (no one is because no one is a saint down here; to say otherwise is a manifest lack of humility), and who would lay claim to being closest to God. Yet others have no clue about they engage in it despite their denials because they have no idea that what they call “innocuous” is actually racist discourse and actions. Not reinventing the wheel, therefore, here is the Pastoral Letter issued by the USCCB on the matter. The facts stated therein still hold very true today.

Pope Francis and the Magisterium of the Church

Read my article on Medium about Pope Francis, the Catholic Faith, and the Magisterium of the Church.

Schism in the Catholic Church in America

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On the outside, everything seems fairly regular to the unknowing eye. On the inside, however, de facto schism is in full swing these days in the Catholic Church in the United States of America. This schism, which has now become pervasive and proven truly recalcitrant to reason, is being fuelled not by ‘leftie’ clerics who may have become apostate, as may appear prima facie, but by lay Catholics of a rather traditional and conservative stripe, who deliberately keep on refusing to accept that Pope Francis is the reigning Vicar of Christ, despite all public evidence to the contrary. Continue reading here.

Can Satan give you peace? – Response to a question

The question was asked, “Can Satan give you peace?” The answer is a resounding, “No!” Satan has no peace of his own, being hatred personified. So how can someone who does not have any peace of their own give peace – true peace – to someone else?

Only God can give peace because He is peace in Himself. In fact, one of the markers of a lack of the necessary centrality of God in people’s lives is a lack of peace, because where God truly resides, there is peace.

The beauty of silence

The beauty of silence is that within it, our heart, mind, body, and soul rest. Silence is very loved by God because prior to creation, there were only God and silence. Nothing else; no one else. Hence in silence you will find God – Him whom you are deep down restlessly seeking, but presently not finding.

Why the desert?

“The stillness of the desert provides man with the fittest atmosphere for . . . far from the noise of the world, man implores the help of God and concentrates all his powers so as to erase his passionate attachment to the outside world, overcome his intellect’s fragmentation, and achieve spiritual balance. Thus man, ‘having entered wholly within himself,’ becomes aware of himself and awaits within himself the coming of God and the divine transformation” (Mantzaridis [1984] The deification of man, p. 85).

New icon of God the Father – In progress

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Underpainting and roskrysh #1 for new, Catholic panel icon of God the Father. Dimensions: 20cm x 30cm, 23.5kt gold leaf.

Icon drawing of Christ with Joseph the Patriarch

Christ & Joseph iconHere is the basic drawing of another icon that I am presently working on. It is a panel icon of Jesus Christ with Joseph, the Patriarch of the Old Testament.

Icon drawing of God the Father

God the Father drawingThis is the basic drawing of another icon that I am working on. It shows God our Almighty Father on His throne.

And before anyone starts yelling that such an icon is heretical, such icons are allowed in the Catholic Church. Moreover, neither does the Orthodox Church forbid them, although many think they do.

If you have any questions about this, or an issue with the ‘issue’ itself, read more about it here.