Drawing of another icon I am working on, this time of the Virgin of Tenderness (Eleusa).
The divine essence means the unknowable ground of divinity; the divine energies are those aspects of the divine life that are directed away from the Godhead itself, like rays emanating from the sun. It is through the divine energies that the act of creation is accomplished and that God is revealed and known as the Holy Trinity – J. Baggley, Doors of Perception.
The icon of the Holy Face that I recently completed has now been featured in the Catholic Art, Christian Theme Artwork and Premium FAA Artists galleries at Fine Art America.
God is faithful love and He never tires of helping us, even in all our mundane activities, when we offer the day to Him and allow Him to participate.
Panel icon written in Santa Venera, Malta, in 2013 and completed at Clare Priory, Suffolk, UK, in 2014, under the supervision of Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A. Dimensions are 8″ x 9.5″.
Materials included linen-covered wood with natural gesso, 23.5 kt gold leaf burnished by hand, natural egg tempera applied in the Russian-Byzantine tradition, varnished with olifa upon completion.
The icon was blessed at Clare during the vigil liturgy of the Solemnity of the Ascension. It is now in the private possession of a Roman Catholic couple in the US.
We were made not for ourselves but for God, to love Him intimately as He so intensely desires that we allow Him to similarly love us. But many of us have forgotten why we were made. We think we were created for ourselves – our own aims, goals and benefits – but such thoughts are erroneous. We were made for God, to live in Him, through Him, to the full capacities of our beings.
I desire mercy, not sacrifice and the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings (Hos 6:6).
God is love; infinite love. He does not want sacrifices, rationalizations and pontifications. He only desires to be loved with genuineness from the bottom of your hearts. Please, love Him “with all your heart and with all your mind and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Dt 6:5; Mt 22:37; Mk 12:30; Lk 10:27). Continue reading “To the people – 10”
If you will not hearken and if you will not take it to heart, to give glory unto My name, says Hashem of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings . . . Behold, I will rebuke the seed for your hurt and will spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your sacrifices; and you shall be taken away unto it (Mal 2:2-3).
Self-love has come to rule in your hearts. They have taken up the place of ‘king,’ replacing the legitimate rule of the King of glory. How can you say that you love Him when you do not visit Him, you do not even go to see Him? Patiently, He waits and waits and waits; imprisoned and exposed anew. Continue reading “To the people – 9”
Take heed to your spirit and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth (Mal 2:15).
The Beggar for Love
He waits for you all day long, a divine Prisoner in His own abode. Yet you do not care to visit Him even for one measly hour, to sit with Him and speak with Him in silence, from your hearts to His Heart. This is happening because true love has become absent from your hearts. Continue reading “To the people – 8”
A son honors his father and a servant his master. If then I be a father, where is My honor? And if I be a master, where is My fear? says HaShem of hosts to you, O priests that despise My name (Mal 1:6).
How can you live or claim to purport to live without divine life, light and love within yourselves? How can you claim to be so assuredly alive, to possess the fullness of Truth, when so many of you are mortally dead? Continue reading “To the people – 7”