There are many expressions of devotion in rendering homage to the Father. It is a matter of what best inflames our hearts and strengthens our resolve to live a worthy Christian life. This website includes links to some of the sources, but the purpose here is to provide an overview or to focus on some practical points. This is being done as a help to understand elements of the devotion to God the Father towards a deeper relationship.
The basic principle of dedication to God the Father comes from the first four words of Holy Scripture: “In the beginning God…” And in Isaiah 48: “I am the first and the last, and beside me there is no other God.” This evokes mountainous considerations, but the simplest is that we came from the Father and are returning to the Father. It is as basic as that. To put it poetically:
“The echoless abyss of the Father is the Womb that gives birth to the Word.
Understanding Himself in the Holy Spirit who alone can fathom the divine abyss
the Father expresses himself perfectly in the one eternal Word.
In this self understanding he finds himself as it were in his Word.
The word understands himself in the very self-understanding of the Father,
for love and understanding are one in the Holy Spirit.
In this Holy Spirit, then, the Son gives himself totally back to the Father,
so that God is not only giver, but gift and thanksgiving.
The Greek Fathers called this tremendous dynamism:
~~~ The Round Dance of the Trinity ~~~
And we, out of the stupendous generosity of God
are invited to join in this dance wherever we may be.”
In union with Jesus
Above all we must look to Jesus, for His dedication to the Father is from before the ages: “Then I said, behold, I come, in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (Ps 40:8). From the Incarnation to his Ascension, Jesus’s mission was to “show us the Father” (Jn 14:8). He did so both by his teaching and example, the greatest being sacrificing His life for the ransom of God’s children. The Father himself declared at the Transfiguration: “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” (Mt 17:5). However, we must never forget that it is God the Father who draws us to Jesus.
Suggested ways to honor the Father
Following are some thoughts and directions for incorporating meaningful prayers and practices, to both deepen and enhance our dedication to our Heavenly Father. You will also notice in this invitation the inclusion of devotion to our Blessed Mother. It is done in imitation of the great Marian Pope, Blessed John Paul II. We entrust ourselves to Mary by way of consecrating ourselves to Jesus through Mary and, in the love of the Holy Spirit, we make our return journey into the Divine Heart of God the Father. As a result, as explained by St. Maximillian Kolbe, we attain the “Divine Terminus,” our true and everlasting home with the Triune God (see “About Mary” below). It is of the very essence of Mary, the “New Eve,” to receive our offering and direct our entire lives to fulfill Jesus’s words: “In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and so you will be my disciples” (Jn 15:8).
Consecration to Jesus through Mary
The Father speaks to His children
The full text of The Father Speaks to His Children
Devotion to the Father of all mankind
The full text of the six-volume book Seeing with the eyes of the soul
Devotional articles and prayers
The Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts
Includes Consecration to the Divine Heart of the Father
St. Maximillian Kolbe, martyr of the twentieth century and great light in Mariology, has something very significant to teach us in what could even be described in ‘blockbuster’ proportions. He spent his whole life bringing to the fore Our Lady’s place in our lives, by constantly meditating on the words of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette: “I am the Immaculate Conception.” For the present purpose – that is, the subject of devotions – this is an important point to consider, in relation to our journey back to God the Father.
St. Maximilian had this to say about the Father being both our beginning and end: “Ordinarily, everything comes from the Father, through the Son and by the Holy Spirit; and everything returns by the Holy Spirit, through the Son to the Father” (Immaculate Conception and the Holy Spirit: The Marian teachings of St. Maximillian Kolbe, 1937, June 20, Conference). Later he writes: “God the Father! What depths of meaning in our Lord’s words, ‘Do not call anyone your father on earth’ (Mt 23:9). Truly no man can be a father in the full sense of the word; the primary principle of everything, the first father of all that exists, is God the Father. Everywhere else we find only an echo of fatherhood. It is from the Father that all divinity pours out, so to speak from all eternity, on the Son; and from the Father and son in the Holy Spirit, and from the Blessed Trinity on the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus” (Meditations, 1933, April 14).
“Now every act of God’s love comes down from the Father, through the Son and by the Holy Spirit, creating, sustaining, giving life and growth in the natural order as well as in that of grace. This is how God pours out His love on the numberless limited resemblences of himself that He has made. And the reaction of love on the part of the creature must follow the selfsame path in order to go back to the Father; by the Holy Spirit and through the Son. We may not always realize this, but so it is. The act of love in the creature has no other author but God Himself; still when the creature is intelligent and free this act of love cannot happen without consent” (Sketch, 1940).
“And so the return to God (Father) that is to say, the equal but contrary reaction . . . goes from the Spirit, through the Son back to the Father; in other words by the Holy Spirit the Son becomes incarnate in the womb of the Immaculata and through the Son love returns to the Father” (The Immaculate Conception in Mary).
All this is to say that the Blessed Mother has a unique relationship with the Persons of the Holy Trinity, in this return path-of-love of creation. The gift of the Father, by the Holy Spirit, through her Son Jesus, makes Her present both at the terminus of the action and at the beginning of the return to the source: the Father Himself. Simply put, because she is the Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, and spouse of the Holy Spirit, she became the unique depository of God’s Mercy towards the exiled children of Eve, from which our inheritance is restored.
If this action and reaction, which includes Mary, becomes necessary for the return back to God the Father, then it behooves us to include veneration and entrustment to our Mother Immaculate as part of our devotion to God the Father.
Further information about Consecration to Mary in the teachings of St. Maximillian Kolbe
Immaculate Conception and the Holy Spirit: The Marian teachings of St. Maximillian Kolbe (Fr. H.M. Manteau-Bonamy, O.P.).