Reflections for the Soul
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The difference between dreams, revelations and visions

The difference between dreams, revelations and visions

Originally posted in 2012, I am re-posting the above herewith because of the ongoing number of questions that keep coming in on this subject.

According to Saint Nikita Stithatos, the differences between dreams, revelations and visions can be discerned as follows:

  1. Dreams are “images that do not remain unchanged in the imaginative faculty of the nous,” the heart of the soul. Dreams “present a…

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Why an icon not a painting? - 3

Why an icon not a painting? – 3

The symbolic language of the icon is “incomprehensible to the sated flesh, to the heart full of longings for material things. But it becomes the very fabric of life when these longings collapse and an abyss opens at our feet. Then we need a firm foothold at the edge of the abyss, we need to feel the motionless calm of the icon above our tribulations. And the joyous vision of a sobor, a church of…

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On icons - 10

On icons – 10

The symbolic language of the icon is “incomprehensible to the sated flesh, to the heart full of longings for material things. But it becomes the very fabric of life when these longings collapse and an abyss opens at our feet” – E. Trubetskoii, 1973, Icons: Theology in Color, p. 36.

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Are the Orthodox part of the Roman Catholics in the Book of Revelation?

Are the Orthodox part of the Roman Catholics in the Book of Revelation?

The question was asked, “Are the Orthodox part of the Roman Catholics in the Book of Revelation?” In brief, the answer is a resounding “yes, of course!” I was surprised when I found the above question because the Book of Revelation does not pertain to a single denomination, no matter how much various denominations of one stripe or another may desire to hijack this part of Scripture – indeed, any…

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Notice - Icon of Saint Martial featured

Notice – Icon of Saint Martial featured

The icon of Saint Martial that I recently completed has now been featured at the Catholic Art, Christian Theme Artwork and Women Painters Galleries at Fine Art America.

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Is the divine light God? - Response to a question

Is the divine light God? – Response to a question

The question has been repeatedly asked, “Is the divine light God?” The short answer is that the divine light is part of the very presence of God and coming from Him. It is the light emanating from the core of the Father’s Divine Heart.  An example of the divine light is that specific light which appeared on Mount Tabor during the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ.

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Pray for grace as nothing else will suffice

Pray for grace as nothing else will suffice

For those who do not pray, do not pray enough, or those who pray but have so far neglected to ask for specific graces in these and upcoming times: pray! Pray with the entirety of your beings and ask God our Father unreservedly for all the graces needed to remain faithful to Him to the end, because each and every one of us, without exception,is going to be tested as we have never been before; as…

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