Reflections for the Soul

Aug 20

On icons - 6

On icons - 6

On icons – 6

The goal of the icon writer is to externalize the sacred tradition and to enable the beholder to enter into the unseen world of the Spirit which transcends and yet interpenetrates the world of matter and flesh … The purpose of an icon is to take us into the world of the Spirit, where we can experience the transforming power of divine grace – J. Baggley, Doors of Perception.

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Aug 19

Cards of the icon

Cards of the icon

Prayer cards and posters of the icon of the Divine Heart can now be obtained directly from here.

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What the Father has is ours

What the Father has is ours

What the Father has is ours

Whatever God our Father has is ours, yes – as long as we return to Him.

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Aug 17

On icons - 5

On icons – 5

Icons form a door into the divine realm, a meeting point of divine grace and human need – J. Baggley, Doors of Perception.

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For the Church - 3

For the Church – 3

“Go and stand at the gate of the Temple of Yahweh and there proclaim this message. Say, “Listen to the word of Yahweh, all you men of Judah who come in by these gates to worship Yahweh. Yahweh Sabaoth, the God of Israel, says this: Amend your behaviour and your actions and I will stay with you here in this place. Put no trust in delusive words like these: This is the sanctuary of Yahweh, the…

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Aug 14

The simplicity of the Father

The simplicity of the Father

The simplicity of the Father

He just wants to be loved with genuineness from our hearts. No more, no less. That is all the Almighty Father has ever wanted. 

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On Michael and Satan

On Michael and Satan

On Michael and Satan

Questions keep coming in as to why the Archangel Michael and Satan (formerly Lucifer) fought and continue to fight. Here is the brief answer:

And now war broke out in Heaven, when Michael with his angels attacked the dragon. The dragon fought back with his angels, but they were defeated and driven out of Heaven. The great dragon, the primeval serpent, known as the Devil or Satan, who had led all…

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On icons - 4 - Authenticity

On icons - 4 - Authenticity

On icons – 4 – Authenticity

Where do we begin to assess the authenticity of an icon? The extent to which an icon has entered into the life of the Church: the warmth of an icon’s reception by the faithful – only not in terms of aesthetic pleasure, but on the level of prayerful contact (I. Yazykova, Hidden and Triumphant).

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Aug 13

The angel in the garden of Gethsemane

The angel in the garden of Gethsemane

The question was asked, “Did God send Raphael to Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane?” The answer is in the negative. The angel sent to console Christ during His agony in the garden was the Archangel Michael.

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On man - 2