Painting by Deb Magelssen

The gift of those who love Jesus Christ and put total faith into his body and spirit is that they are able to wholly forgive; and what this entails is the profound jewel of the body, the holiest beating lotus heart.  This means that in the act of forgiveness they take away those sins into their body and transform them through the alchemical process of True Love.  Their enemies thus become them, and former friend and foe then become unified in Christ.  St. Augustine said,”You don’t love in your enemies what they are, but what you would have them become by your prayers.”  This is madness for those at war against the Church, Christ’s body.  Their sinful expressions are final attempts at, not taking down the Church, but taking down their old selves; enacting atrocities against a Body that only grows stronger in beatific muscle by every punch thrown.  Christ, the one and only martial artist.

Amaya Engleking

Image Credit: Deb Magelssen



  1. Maria Gianna Iannucci · February 21, 2017

    Profound thoughts. I love your writing style.

  2. rothpoetry · February 21, 2017

    A great post! Love the quote! The art piece is spectacular. I see a person clinging to the cross and all the hope it represents!! Just Beautiful!!

    • Gospel Isosceles · February 21, 2017

      I haven’t been able to concentrate too much these days on the homily, usually trying to appease either my baby, my toddler, or both; but when the priest spoke those words of St. Augustine last Sunday, my heart was pulled. Yes! This is what we are to do as the pilgrim church: see people now for what they can become by prayer. Thanks for you comment, Dwight. And you, a painter, should check out more of Magelssen’s work. So colorful!

  3. Paul Dordal · February 21, 2017

    Beautiful truth.

  4. domainofshane23 · February 24, 2017

    I love how rational and eloquent you make your faith.

  5. Soul Gifts · March 16, 2017

    Love is the greatest power of all. Through it, all is healed and made new.
    Awesome painting !

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