Reflections for the Soul

Sep 02

On icons - 7

On God the Father - 1

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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Sep 01

Sharing in the divine life

Why an icon not a painting? - 2

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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Aug 31

For the people - The desert

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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Aug 30

The divine essence and energies of God

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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Aug 29

The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father - 25

The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father - 25

The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – 25

MBA:

Reblogged In response to arising questions.

Originally posted on THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER:

The Icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father: Part 5 – Brief Overview of the Theology of the Icon of the Divine Heart

It is beyond the scope of this work to enter fully into the theology of the ecumenical icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts, given its multiple…

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Where in Scripture is the Heart of the Father? - Response to a question