NEW: My short film PILLARS OF CREATION

UPDATE: The film is now being distributed conjointly by Avinu Films and Meridian Releasing Group. It will be on Amazon, Google Play, FandangoNow, Hulu, iTunes, SnagFilms, Vudu, Playstation, Xbox. It will also be on DVD/Blu-Ray at Best Buy and Walmart.


Pillars of Creation lets you discover the beauty of the heavens and the nature of God in 4 minutes. The film is my official debut documentary as a filmmaker and director, it is dedicated to Michael Koehler and Werner Herzog. The film has been accepted by the European Space Agency to be part of their official archives. You can learn more about this short film at its website.

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NOTICE: Audiobook on the Father’s Divine Heart now available

Just a brief notice to let you know that an audiobook of mine is now available from Amazon, Audible, and iTunes: The Divine Heart of God the Father (2nd. rev. ed.). The audiobook has been narrated by Favor Lark. Below you can hear a sample from the audiobook.

On God the Father – 1

God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves (Saint John Chrysostom).

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Deification of Man in Christianity’ | Catholic Medical Quarterly

Deification Front CoverReview by Dr. Pravin Thevathasan, Editor of the Catholic Medical Quarterly (UK).

Saint John Paul II called the Church to breathe with “both lungs”, incorporating the spiritual traditions of both East and West. 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 tragedy of the Protestant revolt and the Lutheran understanding of man as totally depraved led to its undermining in the West. However, deification is very much in harmony with the Divine Indwelling in the soul as promoted by St Elizabeth of the Trinity and Blessed Columba Marmion. It is also entirely in keeping with the doctrine of spiritual childhood promoted by St Therese of Lisieux.

Deification, the author notes, is the transformative process whose aim is union with God. God became man so that man might become God. Not by nature, of course, as certain religions of Asia suggest: it is not possible for created beings to become God in the way that a drop of water falls into the sea. Deification is brought about by purification of mind and body and by theoria: that is, illumination with the vision of God.
For this reviewer, the importance of this subject lies in the fact that deification is not for the spiritually elite. It is for all Christians. It is effected only by human activity and God’s uncreated energies. Continue reading here.

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Unity of the Divine and Sacred Hearts

Photo: Alexei Boitsov

God the Almighty Father leads us to Jesus Christ in the same manner that Christ leads us to the Father. The Savior said, “Everyone whom the Father gives Me will come to Me” (Jn 6:37) and “No one can come to Me unless drawn by the Father who sent Me” (Jn 6:44). Thus, not only does Christ lead us without fail to the Almighty Father, but for those who might go directly to the Father Himself, they will inevitably be led back by the Father to His Son so that they can be raised up: “Those whom You took from the world to give Me. They were Yours and You gave them to Me” (Jn 17:6) and “No one can come to the Father except through Me” (Jn 14:6).

This process of return occurs because we cannot be in the Divine Heart of the Father without being at the same time in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The core of the Father’s Divine Heart is one with the Son’s Sacred Heart in and through the unity of the Holy Spirit: “The Father and I are one,” said Christ (Jn 10:30), and “the Father is in Me and I am in the Father” (Jn 10:38, 14:11); “Father, You are in Me and I am in You” (Jn 17:21). It is precisely to reconcile us with the Heavenly Father and reopen up the path to deification that Christ became man over 2000 years ago. This is illustrated in the Gospel of John, whereby Christ points us toward and shows us the Face and Will of the Eternal Father (Jn 12:44-50).

 

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.

On meeting God

“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 . . .
If you have not sensed that your heart has been cleansed and has shone with luminous reflections;
If, contrary to all expectation, you have not discovered the Christ within yourself;
If you have not been stupefied at your vision of the divine beauty and have not become oblivious of human nature when you saw yourself so totally transfigured . . .
Then tell me: how is it that you dare to make any statement at all about God?”

– Symeon the New Theologian, Hymn 21.

 

The beauty of God the Father

god-the-father2The beauty of God the Father is unparalleled, seen with the eyes of the soul, and it is impossible to put into words. But a tiny fraction of that beauty can be seen externally all around us. It can be seen in the flowers, the trees, the animals on earth, in the sky, and underwater; the clouds in the heavens and the soil on earth. Yes, even the dirt of the earth can be beautiful when seen through the light of the Holy Spirit.

Many in this post-Christian day and age, however, categorically refuse to see, listen, and comprehend. They consider everything that happens in a natural manner, even grace, eschewing creation and foreclosing its Creator. The Almighty Father continues to love them, despite their rejection of Him and their mockery of His people. He never ceases to desire their return into the only home that we can really call Home, the safety of His bosom.

Now is the time to return to God

We were made by God, for God. Not for men or for ideologies of whatever stripe. Now is the time to return to God as it is one last chance; a breather. It is time to stand up for what is real, rather than the glitter of false coin.