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Dear fellow pilgrims in Christ,

If you were somewhat intrigued by my previous article where I posted a segment of the booklet, “Awakening to the Love of the Father”, I hope to satiate that intrigue by attaching the concluding portion of the booklet as part 2 of this series.

I believe that this portion will assist you in your desire to know and experience the Father’s Love thus leading you further along the path of spiritual growth.

Just remember, Jesus gave us the sacrament of His Love, which is actually the Father’s love since He is the manifestation of  the Father’s Love. This sacrament of His Love, The Eucharist, then,  is the doorway to experiencing His Love within us.
And when we act on this indwelling Love that empowers us  we become His agents to manifest the Father’s  Love to the World.

Praised be His Holy Name!

May the Lord bless you as you continue to seek Him and His Love!

Your Brother in Christ … Bartimaeus

(© B.R.Timeo and Bartimaeus’ Quiet Place, [2008-2010])
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Awakening to the Love of the Father ( Part 2)

(Excerpted with permission from a booklet by B. R. Timeo, AMDG)

Continuing from Part 1

Abiding in His Love

The concomitant challenge we face in maintaining any close relationship is the ability to enjoy a continuous, open, sincere, and intimate dialogue with our partner in the relationship.  When our relationship is with the Holy One Himself, it is an absolute necessity – there is no other way .  If we somehow think we can put on a mask over our soul and have a relationship with our Creator through insincere monologues, we are wrong!  We are deceiving ourselves because such an attitude actually hinders any relationship with the Lover of our souls who knows us better than we know ourselves. In fact, approaching the Lord in this manner is a sin in itself! That is why two-way prayer, that is, a dialogue with the Lover of Our Souls is essential; it forces us to be honest.

In order to abide in His Love and be a channel of His Love to others we must also abide in the Lord in just such an intimate relationship.  This is the only way we can bear fruit In Him. Here are His words as recorded in John’s Gospel:

Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love”. (Jn.15: 4-9 NRSV)

Such an intimate and prayerful communion then is what God desires of us and in fact is what He is calling us to enter into with Him. It only through such a spiritual come-union that we can come to understand and receive His Love in a way that transcends mere intellectual comprehension of a theological concept. It is here in the inner stillness of our hearts that we experience His embrace and awaken to His Love as a baby in its mother’s arms. It is here that we are fed and nourished as the revelation of the Word of His Love permeates our total being and transforms us!

Of course, the Lord in his providence, understanding the inability of the flesh to enter into the spiritual plane, has provided the door to such a spiritual come-union: Himself, present in the Eucharist, His Body and his Blood!  As He said, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.” (Jn.6: 56)

Shall we not, then, accept His Promise and receive Him and enter into His Love to abide therein? Shall we not, then, receive and experience His Love in the inner stillness of our hearts? Shall we not, then enter into this level of prayer that the Lord is calling us to? Not out of our own will power but in cooperation with the graces provided by the Holy Spirit, the Dove of Pentecost, who also gives us to understand the depth and spirit of His Love so that our prayers are transformed into His prayers and our love into His Love.

Emissaries of His Love

At the point where we encounter Jesus personally, as with the two disciples at Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), our spiritual journey takes a distinct turn – now, the Lord has revealed himself to us in the spirit, not to somehow inflate our spiritual egos, nor to heighten our own sense of unworthiness in the light of His Glory, but rather to empower us to go out and be His witnesses to all who will hear our testimony that “He indeed is risen and we have been with him!”. And not only that we have been with Him but that we have come to tell others that they too can come to Him and experience His Love personally. It is here that we receive our calling to be emissaries of the Father’s Love!

Just as Jesus taught these two disciples on how the messianic prophecies in the scriptures were fulfilled in Him, so also does He open His Word to us today, revealing more of His person as we walk along the way with Him. In this way we also can say “… did not our hearts burn within us as we walked along the way?”. It is through this trove of revelation of Himself to our hearts that Jesus empowers us through the Holy Spirit to share His Love with the world so that they, just as we and the disciples on the road to Emmaus, can turn to Jesus and come to a revelation of His Divine Persona at the breaking of the Bread in the Holy Eucharist.

Even Jesus’ disciples had trouble understanding that relationship with the Master was the doorway to a relationship with His Father. Phillip was speaking for the twelve when he asked Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, Show us the Father?” (John 14: 8-9).

He then further challenged His disciples (and us) by telling them that “as the Father has loved me so I have loved you” and thus they are to “love one another as I have loved you”, clearly indicating that we also are called to be bearers of the Father’s love to others. We cannot, of course, out of our human abilities possibly hope to carry out His command; it is only through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit working through our relationship with Jesus that we can truly be communicators of the Father’s Love.

Growing In The Father’s Love

The Love that the Lord asks us to practice is an altruistic, selfless type of Love. The type of Love that is God-like because it is given unconditionally. This type of love goes against our human nature because it places the well being of others above our own. This means that the activation of this kind of love requires a decision, a decision of our will to go contrary to the self-preservation or self-gratification instincts of our human nature.

This type of love is not an emotionally driven activity, nor can it be. It is a spiritual activity whose spiritual power is opened up by the action of our will and the purity of our motives.

The only way that we can practice and grow in this type of Love is through the Grace of God who has placed a measure of this love in us through the Holy Spirit. For this reason the “gain” from this love is not our salvation nor any merit before God. The “gain” that results from the practice of this Love is spiritual growth. This is so because as we practice it we grow spiritually more and more into the image of Christ.

Consider that this type of love is placed in us as a seed is planted in fertile ground so that it may grow and bear fruit. It can only bear fruit if you decide to activate this type of Love using your own free will.

You may also think of the Love God has placed in our hearts as the “talents” God has given us to use in this world. If we use these “talents” wisely, this love will multiply in the world and bring Glory to God. If we hide this talent and don’t use it God will not receive any glory and the talent will be squandered.

We need to recognize that our spiritual growth usually occurs in spurts. These spurts are usually correlated to our ability to act in Love. That is, we may demonstrate Divine Love at a particular level where we have become comfortable in giving of ourselves. But there are parts of ourselves we still place restrictions on our giving and loving. When we become too comfortable at one level the Lord challenges us with opportunities in our lives to go beyond our current comfort level and go to the next level of Love. It is at these junctures where we experience the pain that accompanies spiritual growth. The way the Lord does this is he permits an event or relationship to bring up a circumstance we have been avoiding because it would intrude on one of those areas we have reserved for ourselves and have not yet yielded to God’s Love. It is at these time that we are given the opportunity to go to the next level of Love and consequently of spiritual growth.

There is no condemnation regarding any decision we make in this regard. The Lord will not condemn us. He is only drawing us forward like children in a kindergarten class. We can continue as we were or we can decide to go to the next level. This part is what is up to us. The Lord provides the grace and opportunities for spiritual growth but it is up to us to go through the doors he opens for us. Just  like it is said that “you can take a horse to water but you can’t make him  drink”.

We grow spiritually as we practice this type of Love. That is why it is important that we discern the opportunities the Lord places in our everyday lives. There is not a day that the Lord will not challenge us with an opportunity to grow spiritually. Unfortunately, our very human nature blinds us to these opportunities because we do not want to see them – they are too painful. Let us pray that we be more discerning of the opportunities placed before us and that we be given the grace to respond with the Divine Love the Lord has placed in our Hearts.

Prayer is one of those opportunities, because the deeper you go into true prayer the more you find that it incites us to the giving of one’s self for the well being of others.  It is through this level of prayer that the Holy Spirit moves us to the spirit-guided actions that will cause the Love of the Father to be communicated to others.

In fact, unless your prayer life is empowered by this selfless Love (true prayer) you will not derive any personal spiritual growth from your prayers. As we progress forward in prayer let it be with this divine type of Love so that through our prayers we may not only hasten the coming of His Kingdom into this world, but that we ourselves may grow in that internal holiness which conforms us more and more to the image of Christ!

May it ever be so, in Jesus Mighty name! Amen and Amen!

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Entering the Inner Stillness

Enmeshed in life’s commotion,

Our ears deadened in the strife,

As cries our famished spirit

For the true sustenance of life.


From an inner thirst and hunger

Beyond all the world can impart.

Beyond the parched desert of emotions

For a Love that satisfies the heart.


Why then, do we refuse to listen,

If so desperate our plight?

To words of Life beyond our hearing,

To visions of Love beyond our sight.


A Love that knocks incessantly

‘Till our hearts we open to its Life.

To drink in the Living Water

And consume the Bread of Life.


Enter then, that inner stillness,

God’s sanctuary, in your soul,

And imbibe that Love Eternal

That fills and makes you whole!

– B.R. Timeo, AMDG

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Related Scripture for Personal Meditation

“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. “(John 15:9-11 NRSV)

“Beloved let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. (1 john 4:7-12, NRSV)

“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. . (1 john 4: 13-16, NRSV)

“God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The  commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also”. (1 John 4:16-21, NRSV)

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Awakening to the Love of the Father By B. R. Timeo, AMDG

Copyright © 2008 Madrid Family Living Trust (BRTimeo@verizon.com)

All rights reserved.  Permission to reproduce or transmit any portion of this document, without any changes, is granted to any individual or group whose only intent is to promote the Good News of the Kingdom and thus bring glory to God, a the Father and His Son, Jesus. This permission is granted under the condition that, upon citing the source and appropriately crediting the references, the information is provided free of charge or at cost for printing and is not used for personal or corporate profit.

This is a pamphlet about love and it is offered in love to all who can use it to tell others about the Father’s Love for all humanity by pointing them to the Word of God, The Gospel of His Love.

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1989 [Scripture quotations are from] New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. [Note: Any emphasis noted in the quotations is the author’s]

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“Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre!
I will awake the dawn.” (Psa. 57:8 )

“..for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Sleeper, awake!  Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Eph. 5:14)

For most of us, our lives are lived as in a dream – asleep to the reality of the spiritual nature that lies within us – the temple of the Holy Spirit.

A spiritual nature that incessantly cries out for God’s Love, to fill the emptiness we sense within us – a vacuum that, in our desperation, we vainly attempt to fill with the empty material things of this world.

Then, when through circumstances orchestrated by the Holy Spirit, the Word of God finally enters our hearts and we respond to its leading we begin to awaken to the world of the Spirit and to the Presence of the Holy One within us.

As we awaken spiritually, the glory of God’s Love arises through the clouds and mists of our understanding filling us with His Light and His Love – The Love that is meant for His children – The Love for which He sacrificed His Son.  Praised be His Holy Name!

Bartimaeus

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Awakening to the Love of the Father ( Part 1)

(Excerpted with permission from a booklet by B. R. Timeo, AMDG)

Jesus’ Prayer for Impartation of the Divine Love

“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17: 25-26 NRSV)

Abstract : The common way we understand Jesus’ directive to “Love one another as I have Loved you” is to think we are to force or discipline the natural love with which we have been endowed to imitate Jesus’ love for his disciples. We take to this understanding because the real spiritual meaning is too hard for us to believe. For you see the Love which Jesus is asking us to place into action in our lives is the Divine Love that the Father has for the Son. This kind of love is the supernatural Divine Love that flowed from Jesus to His disciples through the Holy Spirit, who is the Divine Love. It is a Love that can only be experienced through a relationship with the Divine. It is such a Love that He is now asking to flow between each of us. This kind of Love cannot be forced through any natural discipline it can only come when we Christians enter into a personal relationship with the Father through the Son and surrender ourselves completely to the Holy Spirit so that we are totally free to be channels of this Divine Love to each other. This treatise deals with our coming to the awareness of this divine type of Love, surrendering to its embrace, and the dying to self that it entails.

What Manner of Love Is This?

Most of us who live on this planet are blessed to have experienced “love” before we even understood that there was a word for it.  A mother’s pure, unconditional and unselfish love for her child is experienced and understood by her child by the loving care and tender concern a mother manifests toward her child through her relationship with that child. If this is this is about the closest we can get, in human experience, to help us understand the pure and unconditional love that God the Father has for his human creation can you imagine the deep, tender, and intimate love that He must have for His only begotten Son, Jesus?  This is a love that transcends human experience. It is a supernatural love that can only be manifested in and through the Spirit of the Loving God!

So, in His prayer, Jesus asks the Father that it is His desire that those who believe in Him come to know the Father as He knows the Father so that the Holy Spirit through a relationship with Jesus may communicate this Divine Love directly to the believers!

For many of us, this Divine Love, is merely a theological concept, which we accept intellectually but without any expectation of the affirmation or spiritual awareness of this Divine Love that clearly Jesus and the Father desire us to have. In our case, we have an understanding of the concept but, unlike the baby in our example, we have yet to enter into a spiritual awareness of that Love. The primary reason being, that like a mother’s love for her child, that awareness must come through an active, loving relationship.

The prophets and writers of the Old Testament attempted to convey the interpersonal and relational nature of the Divine Love for humanity and for Israel through metaphors, similes and allegories, such as comparing the Love of Yahweh for Israel being compared to that of a bridegroom for his bride[1] and a mother for her child[2].

In spite of this, those who practiced of the Hebrew religion, instead of hearing and receiving the message of love the Lord was conveying to them through the Law and the Prophets, instead attempted to please God through dead religious legalism. That is why the prophet Hosea rebuked them in The Lord’s name saying, “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6 NRSV). Jesus, on several occasions when challenged by the Pharisees as to why he consorted with sinners and publicans, cited this same verse from Hosea (e.g.,Matt.9:13).

Amongst all the parables that Jesus used to convey the picture of the Father’s Love for humanity, perhaps none is perhaps more poignant and descriptive of this Divine Love than the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15: 11-32).

Not only does the Father desire that we come to experience His Love, like the prodigal son, but He also desires that we also be channels of His Love. Jesus’ directive to His disciples to “Love one another as I have loved you” was also intended for us. And since He was the express image of the Father, it was the Father’s Love that they experienced through Him and it was the Father’s Love they, and we, are commanded to express to each other. Only the Holy Spirit working in us to form a relationship with the Father through the Son can accomplish this!

Our Loving Father, manifests His magnificent and magnanimous Love to our desperately alienated humanity by entering into human history, and offering the gift of this Eternal Love, the Love for which we were created, by reconciling us to Himself through the sacrificial death of His Son on the cross.  But this Eternal Love does not stop at just reconciliation. After Jesus’ resurrection, He empowers us, the body of His Son, with the Spirit anointing that was on Jesus when He was on earth. Thus permitting us to participate in His Divinity through faith in the One He sent, who is, in fact, the image of His Love. In this participation we enter into a deeper relationship that takes us from being just friends to being His Spiritual Sons and Daughters in Christ.

How tragic, then, was humanity’s initial response to this offer of Love, that the One He sends to communicate His Love is rejected, tortured and crucified.  How can this be?  How can anyone reject so great a Love as this? And yet, even today, though millions upon millions have accepted His Love, there are still those in the world who, because of ignorance and misunderstanding, have not really comprehended the Good News of the Father’s Love. Much of the reason for this rejection, unfortunately, lies in the perception that they do not see God’s Love demonstrated in the lives and relations of those who live in what they consider to be “Christian” nations.

God, in His mercy and loving kindness, is not impeded by humanity’s desperate situation. For since He does not wish that any should perish He has predestined us, in His undying love for humanity, that, we believers, the body of Christ in this world, be the communicators of His message of Love and reconciliation to the world – not only through The Word of His Love, the Gospel of the Cross, but also through the Power of His Love, the Holy Spirit, the Dove of Pentecost, who empowers all believers to be channels of this Divine Love to all the world both individually and as a community. It is the Father’s will, therefore, to release the miraculous power of His Love through our living out our loving obedience to the Gospel of His Love. A Love that is not only confirmed by the works of power that accompany the anointed proclamation of His Word but also by the power to reach into the human heart and reveal His Love directly to those who hear and believe the Messenger of His Love, Jesus, His Son!.

For this reason, it is even more urgent that we who are called by His Name be more and more resolved to not only live the life of holiness to which we are called but also to manifest and demonstrate the Father’s Love to all with whom we come in contact. For we, indeed, are His hands of Love extended to the world and to our own communities.

But, as with all things spiritual, we cannot demonstrate or manifest that which we ourselves have not experienced. How can we convince others of the intimacy of the Father’s Love when we ourselves have yet not come to know our creator in a personal way? For some of us, because of the spiritual lethargy inherent in our human nature, this personal encounter with the Lover of our souls does not always come immediately upon our intellectual assent to the faith.  There is usually a gradual transition where the Holy Spirit takes us from learning about the Father’s Love, through His Word and Sacraments, to spiritually experiencing this Love through a deepening personal relationship with Jesus, who is the incarnation of the Father’s Love. Then, as we continue our walk with Him, we become truly aware of His personal embrace of Love, which gathers us to Himself in spite of our own unworthiness. Then, and only then, can it be said that we begin to experience the true and redeeming Love that flows through a relationship with the Father through the Son.

Such a spiritual epiphany is the necessary door to our continued spiritual growth. In fact, without a personal encounter with Christ our spiritual growth is held in abeyance[3]. Yes, we may know and give intellectual assent to all the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, but without the personal experience of “knowing” Christ intimately, our spiritual growth will be deprived of the very sustenance needed to keep from being conformed to the world instead of to Christ.

One of the impediments most of us have to entering into a personal and intimate relationship with our Father is that we have been taught to have such a reverence and awe for God that it is inconceivable to us, who are so painfully aware of our own sinfulness, to imagine how this holy all-powerful supernatural and holy being would even permit us to come before Him.  While it is absolutely necessary that we not lose this sense of awe and reverence it does not mean that we cannot approach him or enter into a personal relationship with Him. For we, who abide in the Son, come before His throne garbed in Jesus’ robes of righteousness and not the filthy rags of our fallen nature.

What we tend to forget is that He first loved us and took the necessary action to remove the obstacle of sin that separated us from Him, namely, through the atoning and sacrificial death of His Son on the Cross and His subsequent resurrection. Through His Word He also us provided the faith we needed to believe in His Son and thus become His Children In Him. And it is through the Son, and In Him alone, that we have access to this intimate relationship with the Father. This is the reason for which we were created. For God Is Love and Love requires an object to be Loved. He created us so He could pour out His Love on us through the Holy Spirit [4].

Through our baptism, confirmation and the other sacraments of the church the Holy Spirit provides us the means to enter into and maintain this intimate relationship with the Lover of our souls. Only one thing is necessary, and that is, that we open the door to the One who stands at the Door of our Hearts, knocking and earnestly waiting for us to open our hearts to Him, who deeply desires that we activate that relationship for which He created us. When with all sincerity we proclaim, “Yes, Lord. come into my heart and abide therein”, He enters in and sups with us and we with Him.

Maintaining this abiding relationship is a constant challenge to us for the world, the flesh and the devil are constantly attempting to distract us from the heavenly fellowship. So as we read this brief reminder of this Heritage of The Father’s Love let us all reaffirm our YES and rededicate our hearts to be receptive and obedient to the Father’s Love by asking Jesus to renew His life in us. And, if at all possible, do so by receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, the Sacrament of His Love.

(to be continued in Part 2 …)

(see links below if you feel called to open the door to Jesus)


[1] “For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you..” (Is. 62:5 NRSV)

[2] “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (Is. 49:15)

[3]“There is no Christianity without an encounter with Christ. Christianity is not simply a doctrine; it is a meeting, in faith, with God, present in our history with the incarnation of Jesus.” ( Pope John Paul II-World Youth Day 2004)

[4] And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Rom.5:5 NRSV)

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Recommended Links Regarding This Topic

God’s Call to Personal Intimacy

Sweet Yoke of Love

Opening the Door to Jesus and His Love

Document Download: “ Awakening to the Love of the Father”(v.6a,8×11)

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