Tag Archive | Devotions to the Father

Circle of Love revisited

The subtitle of this blog is “The Great Circle of Love,” a subtitle that denotes a very defined movement – that is, a moment in which the start and the finish points become fused into a single point. Such fusion is even illustrated in our own weekly timeline, when Sunday to Sunday is seen in a cyclical aspect, with every eighth day being the beginning and end of the circle. This is one of the reasons why the Judeo-Christian tradition employs this ‘journey’ in both worship and liturgy; that is, that major feasts are prolonged into eight-day celebrations in order to make a deeper penetration into the event or mystery celebrated. In the Roman Catholic Church, a Great Octave is observed when celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter, which culminates eight days later with Divine Mercy Sunday, is accompanied by very special graces.

We could look at our return to the Father in the light of this circular fashion. The downward curve denotes the beginning of the journey from our creation in time, with the rest of the arching circle showing the movement back towards the beginning. Such a circle, coupled with the sequence of what is salvation history, creates a way of illustrating the saving plan of our Heavenly Father, namely the Incarnation of His only-begotten Son for our redemption.

Therefore, all of the above is about beginnings and endings: “Thus says the Lord, Israel’s king, its redeemer, the Lord of hosts. I am the first, I am the last” (Is 44:6). So what about our own beginning and ending? Perhaps we could think of it as the ‘divine roundabout;’ that is, our own existence starting from the Father and our return to Him – the Great Circle of Love.

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In Eternal Splendor

“When all things were wrapt in a profound silence, and night in her swift course was half spent, Thy almighty Word, O Lord, leapt down from  your Throne in Heaven.” (Christmas liturgy)

Before time began there was an eternal voice of Father and Son. The Father speaking his Word and the Son returning His Fiat in filial love. This total self-giving is the essence of  union of wills. “I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me You are my Son, today I have become your Father.” (Ps 2:7)  The Son in turn speaks back: 

 Then I said, “Here I am, I have come. It is written about me in the scroll:
 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (ps 40:7-9)

One of the definitions of consecration is: “to dedicate our life or time, etc. to a specific purpose.”  This certainly is true and done divinely in what the Greek Fathers call “the round dance of the Trinity.” The total self-giving in mutual love and dedication. Jesus’ whole mission was to show us the Father and that we join and enter into  His consecration before all ages. The Father’s promise of a Savior given in Eden will be totally complete, when the Holy Spirit forms Christ in us and we join Him in crying out “Abba Father” and join in the Dance!

 

Call for the Solemnity of the Father’s Heart

Call for the institution of the Solemnity of the Divine Paternal Heart – The Feast of the Father of All Mankind

The public call has just been explicitly made for institution of the Solemnity of the Divine Paternal Heart of God the Father, in the liturgical calendar of the universal Church. This call was made by Thomas W. Petrisko, President of The Father of All Mankind Apostolate and former president of the Pittsburgh Center for Peace. In his newly released book The Divine Paternal Heart of God Our FatherPetrisko (2012) says the following:

“The Father’s pain for His children now pierces His Paternal Heart. The Lord of Heaven and earth hears the cry of Israel, and once again, He is moved to deliver us out of our slavery . . . into the Kingdom of His Mercy and Love – His Divine Paternal Heart . . . our devotion to the Heart of Hearts, therefore, needs to be unconditional and unrestrained. We need to become consecrated prisoners of its glory and splendor . . . Our Father desires and deserves such praise and devotion as is worthy of our loving Creator, our ABBA . . . His Divine Will includes such a homage, such a fiat from His children . . . we need to see ourselves prostrate before the image of His Divine Paternal Heart . . . [then] through the love and consecrated devotion of His children, let Our Father’s Feast Day come; let the Church humbly and boldly declare His Great Day, so Our Father’s honor will be complete, so He will be known, loved and praised, so He will be exalted in Heaven and on earth.”

“It is the announcement the world longs to hear, needs to hear: The Solemnity of the Divine Paternal Heart – the Feast of the Father of All Mankind . . . [this would be] the greatest of feasts,The Feast of Life, the one true antidote to the culture of death, prepared since the beginning of time . . . Along with the Pope’s consecration of the world to the Divine Paternal Heart of God Our Father, the story of Genesis through Revelation will have taken a blazing turn towards its climactic conclusion . . . such recognition and honor of Our Father’s Divine Paternal Heart by His children, by His Church, must now come . . . [for it is] a shout of joy to heaven, that will bring forth the collapse of evil like the walls of Jericho, opening the gates to a new era of extraordinary grace, an era of peace and complete joy in God . . . [This would be] The Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart – the long awaited reunification of Our Father with His children on earth – heart to Heart . . . a new era of oneness with the Father.”

Reference:

Petrisko, T. W. (2012). The Divine Paternal Heart of God Our Father. PA: St Andrews Productions.

Feast of Mercy – 3

RESOURCES

With these considerations being quite limited, the information below will add much to understanding and implementing the Devotion to Divine Mercy.

A good preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday is praying the  Divine Mercy chaplet:

http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/dmmap.htm

As for the history and development of Devotion view: 

http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/index.htm

http://www.divinemercysunday.com/index.htm

http://www.fisheaters.com/divinemercy.html

http://thedivinemercy.org/

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/tribunals/apost_penit/documents/rc_trib_appen_doc_20020629_decree-ii_en.html

You expired, O Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You. Amen

Feast of Mercy – 2

“Why would our Lord promise to pour out such extraordinary graces on this particular Feast Day? On the one hand, we should note the liturgical appropriateness of this promise. If the Octave Day of Easter is truly meant to be, as Pope John Paul II once said, a day of ‘thanksgiving for the goodness God has shown to man in the whole Easter mystery” (Understanding Divine Mercy Sunday, JPII Institute of Divine Mercy), then we should not be surprised that He [Jesus] promised the most extraordinary spiritual benefits to those who come to Holy Communion on that day in a state of grace, and with the disposition of trust in His merciful love. After all, what better day could there be in the liturgical calendar for such a generous outpouring of divine grace than the day that recapitulates and completes the greatest annual celebration of the Paschal mystery? As Jesus said to St. Faustina, on this special day of the Church’s liturgical year, “the very depths of my tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon these souls who approach the fount of My Mercy” (Kowalska, F. 2003. Diary: Divine Mercy in my soul, #699).

The Extraordinary Graces given by God on Divine Mercy Sunday

According to St. Faustina, Jesus Christ gave her a special promise, that she was to communicate to the whole world: “My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy” (ibid.). Three times in her diary does St. Faustina record a promise from Christ, regarding the extraordinary graces that He will give, to whoever does the following with sincerity of heart, as follows:
  1. “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My Mercy” (ibid., #1109);
  2. “Whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (#300); and
  3. “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (#699).

Approach your God

“Do not hesitate in approaching, My children. I am here with you. I embrace you. I lavish you with the love only your Heavenly Father can give you. See Me. Hear My voice. Know Me so that you may love and honor Me ~ as all children should know, love and honor their Father. But there is one thing more. Resist the temptation to imitate the one who would deceive you. He does not wish that you return to Me ~ to know, love, and honor Me. He does not want you to discover the inheritance as My children. But you are Mine. And I wait for you. Do not delay in your response. You should separate yourselves from Me no longer” (God the Father to Barbara Centilli in Seeing with the eyes of the soul).

The Consecration (Seal) Prayer to the Father

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is the digital version of the diptych, ecumenical, revealed icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father Encompassing All Hearts; to the right is the Consecration (Seal) Prayer to the Father (Apostolate of the Divine Heart, 2011, Devotion to the Divine Heart of God the Father, 2nd ed.). This version was done by Barbara Eriksen, based on the original drawing.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy Name.  Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.