Now is the time to portray beauty in actions and in art, not in words. For as the world descends increasingly and unfailingly into darkness and despair, it is beauty, not words, that is going to give hope to humankind and light up the path to Him Who is Beauty, Hope and Light; thus saving and restoring our dying world to the fullness of grace.
“To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit [is] that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, and get back the same amount. But rather, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for He Himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked (Lk 6:27-35).
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.
Beauty portrays love because all beauty comes from God the Father – Ineffable Beauty Himself.
Icons are beauty against totalitarianism and the postmodern dictatorship of relativism.
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.
Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder but in the re-opened heart of our soul.
You love and You love intensely. Even though some may believe You are absent, You are never far away. All we need to do is call You, “Father,” and You come running to our aid.
Illumination is the illumination of the nous, the heart or eye of our souls (John of Damascus). The heart of the soul is the core of our existence, for there “God is revealed, whereas reason merely articulates the experience of the nous” (Met. Hierotheos, 2010). In Scripture, the nous, the heart of the soul, is identified Continue reading “The illumination of the heart of the soul”
Traditional process of effectively combating thoughts leading to sin, before the latter occurs:
- Cut off the thoughts that are effecting you, leading you to be tempted. Do not feed them;
- Pray to God for Him to take the thoughts away from you – He is Continue reading “Effectively fighting thoughts leading to sin”