Evangelize the Easy Way -
with Icons by Msgr. Anthony La
What is the first thing you see when looking at this Icon ?
Crucifix ? Suffering ? If that is our answer we need to ask God for
spiritual glasses – corrective lenses – to focus on the most important
things. So, what is the most important thing you see when looking at
this Icon ?
The most important thing is the greatest thing. It is the love of
God the Father and the love of God the Son. See
Joy The greatness of God’s
love far surpasses the significance of the suffering of the cross. And
His love and the Joy of salvation far surpass the suffering in our own
lives no matter how great that is.
What is the highest form or example of Love, and the best
depiction of it ?
This Icon of the Last Supper - Crucifix.
Why are the faces in the Icon depicted as they are?
Icons focus on the greater spiritual truths. The faces of Jesus and the
Saints will depict a smaller nose and mouth than normal because we are
called to sometimes deny ourselves sensual pleasures in order to follow
the higher path to heaven. The eyes are depicted as sleepy for that
reason. They are larger than normal because with the “eyes of faith” we
see much more. Icons focus on the greater beauty of love and salvation
than worldly pleasures. There is nothing more ugly than a worldly
beautiful person committing a horrible sin.
Key to Healthy Relationships
Jesus gives us the key to healthy relationships. On the cross He
shows us what true love really means. It is always in union with doing
the will of our heavenly Father who is the source of all that is good.
To the extent that a relationship is contrary to the will of God, it is
not a loving, or a good relationship.
Many people will choose to “alleviate” their suffering by engaging
in sin. And that sin will lead to more suffering for themselves and
others. This Icon provides the occasion to explain a better, more
fruitful, and holier approach. Although that will obviously not
eliminate suffering it will enable the evangelist to demonstrate a path
of holiness that will make suffering worth enduring. Suffering can
become an occasion that enables us to grow into a better person and
enables us to be a channel of God’s love and mercy to help those we love
WAY OF LOVE: STEP BY
A 100 Day Spiritual Marathon
by Ronda Chervin, Ph.D.
Relationships, Suffering, etc
How much does God love you?
Is the Mass just a boring ritual?
How much value do you place on going to Mass?
How much value did Jesus place on the Mass?
How much is your life, and your vocation worth?
How much meaning and value can suffering have?
The Key to healthy relationships - Finding and
doing God's will,
Mary's Role in our Salvation
Icons on T-Shirts : Main Page