Dreaming of God

God is my dream. And when I see something or someone profaning or blaspheming His name I suffer. The image of His pure majesty abounds in me. I want nothing but Him and to be part of His eternal family. My life, my sweetness, and my hope.. To thee do we cry.. To thee do we lift up our souls, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears..

Dreams are pure within us, coming from an innocence that we have sanctified. But some dreams are rooted in a disfunction of emotion. A selfishness that we cannot control. We need God to purge these dreams from within us. We need God to refine our purpose and allow us to break down our strongest holds. Let nothing that is not rooted in God have a sanctuary in you. The only thing that may enter is the Holy Spirit. Let all dreams flow from Him. Let Him fortify and sanctify your mind, body, heart and soul..

Lord, I dream of you..

A Layered Understanding: One-Flesh

About the one-flesh principle. It says in Ephesians 5:29-32 it is a great mystery especially to Christ and the church.

May we begin here? That the one flesh principle of Christ, his church and his people, is the same as the marriage of man and woman. While the fidelity of marriage is consummated by the one flesh principle, as is the marriages to church consummated to the people through communion.

Now one-flesh, in my studies, is one of those squirmy topics people like to forget about. And yet, it just so happens that the Calvin, Luther and Catholic schisms happened from this topic as well; symbol, consubstantiation, transubstantiation. Please research the 3 as it is imperative to know.

Now, here we stand with the Genesis interpretation, the initial interpretation, layer 1 as I may say, that man and woman become one flesh in the conjugal act. This is true. Paul states that even a man is joined to a prostitute in the act of conjugal union and becomes “one-flesh.” How scary! Any act outside the marriage bed in “one-flesh” union! Or is it?

Let me posit - every sin we commit binds us. We become a slave to sin. We cannot serve 2 masters! One of the flesh, and one of Christ. Many will say that marriage equates to the conjugal union. But is this conjugal union in Truth? If I were to eat of bread that was offered in another’s name. Does that bread really unite me spiritually to Christ!? By no means! It binds me to the world, to the illusion! There is no truth in that bread. It is truly a lie.

Anything that shares the quality of union but does not possess truth is not true union. It is an illusion of the evil one. How great an illusion to make one to feel infinitely bound to someone or something because of an illusion. How silly. Have you not heard that The Lord can unbind you and free you from sin? Have you not heard the The Lord has defeated the evil one?

What defiles so greatly that cannot be clean? What is too great a sin that the infinite Master cannot destroy! We are not in bondage! We are set free by our faith in The Lord!

This is another layer, layer 2 may I say. Each layer takes us deeper than the first. The next layer is our soul taking a deep breath for it has been suffocating, suffering the perils of death. What strong language can I use to remind you of this freedom? The cross, the mystery, goes deep. Deep within us it purifies us and cleanses our temple.

I write this, because you are not bound to the world my brothers and sisters. You shall be bound to Christ. And He will purify you and set you free.

This is a topic people struggle with today. I hope this brings you relief my friends :)

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭12-13‬ ESV)

A True Song

A love so true it can only be.. Anything less would be a lie to me.. It’s true.. I would be nothing without you..

A wishful place isn’t what I believe.. I see only your love inside of me.. The temple, my Love, it’s all so true.. It’s not a wish, it’s a promise to me and you..

Yes us, we don’t deserve it.. It’s us.. Yes it’s worth it..

Give up everything that we have, our life for a blessing that we need so bad.. Sainthood, Jesus, your calling me.. To live for your love, you set me free..

Yes us.. We don’t deserve it.. It’s us.. Yes it’s worth it..

On my knees, oh hear me pray, for always will I reach for your embrace.. Sing a new song to lift me up high.. This life is for worship and to recognize..

It’s true.. I’d be nothing without you..

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"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."

— (‭1 Timothy‬ ‭6‬:‭12‬ ESV)

"For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church."

— (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭29-32‬ ESV)

Our Savior is calling for us to walk on water with Him. Such an amazing and beautiful song.

White As Snow

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” - Isaiah 1:18 

Please, know this, while the sins of our flesh may make us feel stained and impure, there is nothing that the Lord Jesus Christ cannot make clean. In His eternal love our sins and our transgressions absolutely melt away in His burning passion. Nothing impure can remain when He enters into us. Nothing impure can remain when we enter into Him.

Brothers and sisters, have you fallen into the sexual immorality of the flesh? A pinnacle of our weakness, the most personal of our mortal sins, the disgrace of the temple that is within us! Have you become “one-flesh” with one whom is to not be your husband or wife, with one whom is not The Lord Jesus?

Hear me! The temples can be cleansed and the stains can be made white as snow! This is all within His power! Could we enter the kingdom of Heaven with this stain still present on our soul? No! It is forgivable, it is redeemable, Christ has paid the ultimate price to free us from bondage! We are being called to experience True love, irrevocable love, and immeasurable happiness.

Have you considered yourself ruined by your actions and irrevocably damaged? Fear not, brothers and sisters, The Lord renews and makes clean all things in us! Do you feel bound to something with shame and regret? Do you feel your whole body grown in pain when the spirit enters into you and brings to conscience your failures?

Brothers and sister, even sexual impurity, idolatry and murder are forgivable to The Lord! We become monstrously stained by our actions and inwardly grown for innocence, peace, sanctity and love when the spirit comes to us and calls us to sanctity! Lord, thank you for this Holy gift! Even in our most grievous failures you remain faithful! How we love you so!

Lord, at times we may feel unworthy of this kind of treatment. This is not something we are used to nor fully understand. Lord, don’t you see that we fail repeatedly in your name, that we are blind sheep trying to follow your voice in the darkness! Here I am Lord! Oh, how I long for you Lord! Come lead me Lord! Grab hold of me, come be with me, oh!, how I love you!

Bring us peace, make us white as snow. Cleanse us, sanctify us, let us worship you and renew our body’s with you! Let us present ourself, your church, your people, your body, as acceptable for being in Holy Communion with you! Your love never fails, endures all things, and brings peace to the whole world.

Lord, we ask that you cleanse our temple, allow for the Holy Spirit to come dwell within us. Make us a Holy and living sacrifice for The Lord. May we pursue sainthood humbly, meekly, stainless, like an innocent child of God.

In Jesus Name We Pray for all those whom are struggling in bondage and seek freedom. May they be made white as snow.

Amen

Die to self and live for heaven.

What’s harder.. An atheist defending nothing.. Or a Christian defending everything?

Honorable Dogma

The fallacy of dogma is that one who doesn’t understand it may think someone who does understand it just “blindly follows” the teaching.

If one has truly read it, understood it, was taught it correctly, is mature about it and still dismisses it then each person has that right. Please, add your leaf to the tree of knowledge in an honorable way.

What you don’t have a right to is ignorantly claiming that someone is a blind sheep. Can you read minds? Do you somehow want to control how others think? What’s your true agenda?

Read, read, read.. And read more.. Then we can discuss what we’ve read together in an honorable way..

Apostolic Succession

To date, no gnostic document or writing has been found that predates Christianity. Therefore, the Gnosticism that developed around or near the second century is a diffusion of the breakdown, distortion and confusion of the sacred teachings.

Irenaeus recognized this breakdown of teaching in 202 AD! He was one of the first to recognize the need to recognize authority in teaching the sacred scriptures. And the only way to guarantee this was to refer back to the successors of the Apostles.

"But for the searching and right understanding of the Scriptures there is need of a good life and a pure soul, and for Christian virtue to guide the mind to grasp, so far as human nature can, the truth concerning God the Word. One cannot possibly understand the teaching of the saints unless one has a pure mind and is trying to imitate their life. Anyone who wants to look at sunlight naturally wipes his eye clear first, in order to make, at any rate, some approximation to the purity of that on which he looks; and a person wishing to see a city or country goes to the place in order to do so.

Similarly, anyone who wishes to understand the mind of the sacred writers must first cleanse his own life, and approach the saints by copying their deeds. Thus united to them in the fellowship of life, he will both understand the things revealed to them by God and, thenceforth escaping the peril that threatens sinners in the judgment, will receive that which is laid up for the saints in the kingdom of heaven.” [~ conclusion to The Incarnation of the Word, Chapter 9, (9:57)].

~ St Athanasius

infinitepaschal said: Hello Fr. Angel, Recently I've been reading The Catholic Catechism, especially on the Holy Eucharist. I'm hung up on #460. I arrived there after reading John 1:14 in regards to what "the flesh" actually means when Jesus talks about the flesh and blood in John 6. This was done after I heard a Calvinist view that the flesh is "The Word" which gives us "spirit and life." The CCC #460 when I read it have me a jolt.. Especially in the use of the word God and how humans are gods. Can u help? Peace!

fatherangel:

Hello,

Here is the quote:

460 The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”:78 ”For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.”79 ”For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.”80 ”The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.”81

Hello,

I am going crazy, because I have looked at this question somewhere on my blog, but I have been looking for an hour and cannot find what I wrote in the 5,000 plus posts that I have put up. Arrrggh!

Oh well, the Lord had you write me so that I could answer this question all over again, so I think it is an important question and an important answer. 

In the Catholic Church, as well as the Eastern Orthodox Churches, entering God’s life and taking on the image of Christ in glory, is not something that begins to happen in heaven. Already, on earth, the Christian who grows in holiness is absorbed already into a heavenly, godly, divine life and becomes “divine” in a certain sense. This is called “theosis.”

In the Catholicism of the Latin Church, this new life of being god-like is called “divinization.” But the term that Jesus “makes men gods” has to be understood carefully, and not in the Mormon sense that someday you will be a God in your own universe. Rather, “becoming gods” for the Catholic means being transformed and elevated in our spirits by the supernatural life first given in baptism.

Becoming Christian, and being joined to Christ, is not just a change, for a Catholic. It is not just like joining a club. It is like getting that weird spider bite that made Peter Parker into Spider-Man. It is like that dose of radiation that helps Dr. Bruce Banner turn into the Incredible Hulk. The Bible says that after baptism, a person is never the same, but raised up and elevated to the dignity of a son or daughter of God, a “new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Supernaturalization, or divinization of the human soul is not superficial and worldly. It is more sublime and radical than if an ant were transformed into a human being. By this transformation into heavenly glory already here on earth, the soul is marked indelibly with the holiness of Christ so that when the Father sees us, He sees Christ in us.

Human flesh of itself is not worthy or capable of holiness and the supernatural life of the holy Trinity. God must enter the soul and completely infuse a radical change (grace) in the core and inner being of a person. This is what theosis or divinization is about. Divinization means you are capable of union with God, as if you become an angel of light. You may not feel this way, but this is what you are as a baptized Christian.

You are not literally being turned into a god, because only God is God, but you are being changed into a supernatural being whose inner life is heavenly and spiritual. You are “god-like”, with a life not of this world:

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20).

Divinization or theosis is helped by entering into the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church. When Christians celebrate the sacramental life, they are joined to God when God takes their flesh, their human life and nature. They are crucified when their Savior is crucified in the liturgy of the passion of Christ. And when the Savior rises and is exalted in the liturgy, His faithful rise with Him and take their place before the throne of God, for through the Mass, Jesus pulls us into heaven.

Dying and entering the life of heaven is the final crown of divinization, because we finally embrace and walk into the Light that on earth we could only grasp by way of anticipation in the liturgy.

I know this sounds very heady and theological. I don’t know if it makes sense. But that is what #460 of the Catechism is saying. Yes, we become “gods” not in the literal sense of being equal to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, but in the spiritual sense of being absorbed by God into His supernatural life and becoming creatures of glory and light, while still here on earth. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

Thank you Fr. Angel — Your answer gave me a great foundation on how to read this!

"So does all this boil down to saying the Church thinks Catholics are going to heaven and non-Catholics aren’t? Or does it really mean the Church is now saying that everybody is saved?"

Again, both of these are the wrong questions, which is to say they are nonsense questions. The Church makes no comments on infernal population statistics. Rather, the Church teaches that because validly baptized non-Catholics are real members of the Body of Christ, they share in the life of the Blessed Trinity and therefore share with Catholics the hope of salvation.

Source: InsideCatholic.Com

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