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The awareness of a one-storey universe with the communion of saints begins with the Incarnation. In the Incarnation, the temporal and the eternal are joined together in a common communion.
We perceive heaven as a place up there, and God is found upstairs in the second storey. God’s presence is what we find only once we have passed through this life. Revelation and eschatology are only about the future upstairs.
The human problem is our lack of perception of God as a living and active presence in our lives. In his book, Fr. Freeman hopes to open our eyes more fully to this Reality and to lead us into a deeper communion with the One who Is.
The presence and love of the Word had called them into being; inevitably, therefore when they lost the knowledge of God, they lost existence with it
Like Mary, we too have been asked and tasked to help make God real and present in this world.
Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair.
Choose, therefore, from every church those things that are pious, religious, and upright, and when you have, as it were, made them up into one body, let the minds of the English be accustomed thereto.
For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge…
O For a thousand tongues to sing My dear Redeemer’s praise! The glories of my God and King, The triumphs of His grace!
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:15