Reflections for the Soul
On God the Father - 2 - Why He made us

On God the Father – 2 – Why He made us

“Precisely because He is a Father and has a Son from eternity, God created a category of beings toward whom He could show a love like the one that exists between Him and His Son. He created beings whom He could raise up to love the Father as the Son does, to love the Son as a brother, and to love each other as brethren” (D. Staniloae, 2012, The Holy Trinity: In the beginning there was love, p.…

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On icons - 8

On icons – 8

To paint an icon is to bring about a transformation of matter that is only real as a result of a transformation of in the inner being of the painter – R. Temple in Doors of Perception.

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On icons - 7

On icons – 7

The painting, the writing, of icons is “an actual spiritualization of matter, a re-enactment of the Incarnation, reflecting actually and not only symbolically the appearance of God at the human and earthly level” (R. Temple, in Doors of Perception).

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On God the Father - 1

On God the Father – 1

“Being only Father, and the Father of an only Son, He wants us to think of Him only as united with the Son. He wants nothing but to have the Son with Him, in all His thoughts and feelings, in His whole existence. He does not want to feel alone in His divinity, and for this very reason He maintains His quality as Father, distinct from the Son, because He alone has the Son and only one Son” (D.…

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Why an icon not a painting? - 2

Why an icon not a painting? – 2

“At all levels – the artistic, the spiritual, the political and the domestic – icons reveal a profound concern for the integration and inter-relationship of the spiritual and the material, the sacred and the secular” (J. Baggley, 1987, Doors of Perception).

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Sharing in the divine life

Sharing in the divine life

Through grace we become deified and come to share in the divine life of Holy Trinity – J. Baggley, Doors of Perception.

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For the people - The desert

For the people – The desert

“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown. She was pregnant and in labour, crying aloud in the pangs of childbirth. Then a second sign appeared in the sky, a huge red dragon which had seven heads and ten horns, and each of the seven heads crowned with a coronet. Its tail dragged a third of the stars…

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The divine essence and energies of God

The divine essence and energies of God

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.

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