Reflections for the Soul

Jul 29

Will Archangel Michael defeat Satan? Response to a question

Will Archangel Michael defeat Satan? Response to a question

Will Archangel Michael defeat Satan? Response to a question

The question was asked, “Will Michael defeat Satan?” The answer is a resounding “yes.” Scripture tells us: “Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key of the Abyss in his hand and an enormous chain. He overpowered the dragon, that primeval serpent which is the devil and Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and shut the entrance and sealed it…

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How do you pray to God? Response to a question

How do you pray to God? Response to a question

How do you pray to God? Response to a question

The question was asked, “How do you pray to God?” The brief answer is simple. You speak to Him from your heart as though you are speaking to your very best friend or a great parent. It is true that there are set vocal prayers that you can say and which our Father does desire to hear. But what He yearns for most of all is intimacy with us – both the content and the process. So effective prayer to…

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The promise of love, a bulwark of resistance

The promise of love, a bulwark of resistance

In a world full of grief, icons are a testimony to the divine joy and the inexhaustibility of hope. Within a world wracked by fratricidal wars, icons portray the promise of love. They are a beacon of light in a world darkened by enslavement, a world constantly beset by epidemics, famines, plague, fires and floods … Whatever the age, the senselessness and ugliness that so often scars this…

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Jul 28

Notice - The icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow

Notice - The icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow

Notice – The icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow

The recently completed icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow has now been featured in the Christian Artwork, Christian Theme Artwork, Madonna, Premium FAA Artists and Women Painters galleries at Fine Art America.

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Man in the image of God

Man in the image of God

Man in the image of God

Every creature builds itself a nest or digs a lair in which to live. Only humans also build temples. And only humans paint icons and compose poems. Art, somehow removed from the practical demands of everyday life, reveals that our kinship is not with the biological world only; it is also with the spiritual world - Irina Yazykova, Icons as a Witness to Eternity. 

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Jul 27

The icon of the Holy Face

The icon of the Holy Face

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.

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Jul 26

The need of man for God

The need of man for God

Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Mt 4:4).

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Jul 25

The icon of Saint Michael the Archangel

The sweetness of holy icons

The icon as true image of humanity

The icon as true image of humanity

The icon as true image of humanity

The icon reveals to us the true image of humanity transfigured and deified; it is the image of the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom that is to come and that will restore the harmony that is now marred by sin – Irina Yazykova, Hidden and Triumphant: The Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography (2010).

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