ISIS vs. The Face of God

ISIS destruction of Sacred Christian Sites in Nineveh. Photo: EMRIJTTM
ISIS destruction of Sacred Christian Sites in Nineveh. Photo: EMRIJTTM

It is clear to anyone who has seen these sort of images from around the world what is the ultimate goal of terrorism – They seek to destroy The Face of God.  This manifestation of Evil is blasphemy and why reparation to The Holy Face is so necessary, particularly at this time.

Statue of The Blessed Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus. Faces smashed by ISIS. Photo EMRIJTTM
Statue of The Blessed Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus. Faces smashed by ISIS. Photo EMRIJTTM

image1Whether is the smashing of the Face of Jesus, of His Mother, Mary, His Saints, His Churches or the beheading of Christians, made in His Image, around the world, that evil which seeks to hide it’s own face, also seeks to destroy The Face of God, if that were possible.  We need not fear, but, turn to His Holy Face and make reparation for these grave offenses and pray for these souls, also made in God’s Image, that they may be converted and released from the slavery and service of the evil one. (Please say a prayer of reparation from the “Prayers” tab.)

Devotion to the Holy Face is the powerful weapon and remedy for this great evil of our time.  As Emeritus Pope Benedict has said, “From contemplation of the Face of God are born, joy, security, peace.” So, please, contemplate the Face of Jesus and encourage other good souls to do so as well, to make reparation and obtain for the world a “peace which nothing can take from us.” (Emeritus Pope Benedict)

"Whoever gazes upon me already consoles me." - Our Lord to Bl. Mother Pierina De Michelli
“Whoever gazes upon me already consoles me.” – Our Lord to Bl. Mother Pierina De Michelli

Lord, I do not desire the death of the sinner, but I want him to be converted and live. Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.

“May the Lord bless and keep you; may He make His Face shine upon you and be merciful to you; may the Lord turn His Countenance toward you and give you His PEACE!” (Num 6:24-26)

A Christian Response to ISIS:

“Radiant beams from Thy Holy Face..”

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

The Holy Night by Carlo Maratta, c.1676

Today, we contemplate the Holy Face of The Infant Jesus, together with Mary and Joseph. God descended to earth and became human to redeem us … but He is so weak, so poor, so helpless!  Mary and Joseph knew, that their beautiful, perfect child was also born to suffer.  They contemplate Him in silence, like all parents of newborns, because words are useless.  Together, with them, we gaze with love on Jesus’ face as He lies in the manger and our gaze becomes our prayer.  While we look at Him, he looks at us and loves us; He will give His life for us.

The beauty of the face of the Infant Jesus, draws us into the great mystery of redemptive suffering, to show us how God’s love was to be revealed, through self-sacrifice. Let us enter into this mystery today by gazing on the Holy Face of the newborn Jesus, and, in gazing at Him, discover the hope and joy of  His redemptive LOVE!

“Holy Mary, Mother of the Savior, help us to bear witness to the joy and light that the birth of your Son, our Redeemer, brought to the world, and to seek him in all things.” (Contemplating The Face of Christ in the Rosary, Pauline Press.)

Merry Christmas!

Happy the people who know you, Lord, who walk in the radiance of your face.  In your name they sing joyfully all the day; at your victory they raise the festal shout. (Psalm 89:16-17)