Villa la Paz Newsletter March 2011

Posted on March 16, 2011 
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Theosis: Participating in and partaking of God’s divinity.
Union with God Website

Theosis is translated as “deification” or “to become one with the Divine.”
Paul Skorden

By His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every person. He worked with human hands; He thought with a human mind; acted by human choice; and loved with a human heart.
The Church in the Modern World, 22
Document of the Second Vatican Council

We all exist solely for this—to be the human place God has chosen for His presence, His manifestation, His epiphany.
Thomas Merton

Perhaps the most pernicious concept in our culture today is individualism, looking out for only oneself, in many instances to the detriment of others. Theosis, on the other hand, is a doctrine that speaks of the unity, dignity and worth of every person. In becoming man, in taking on the material trappings of human existence and by using the substance of the created universe to enflesh Himself, God united and glorified the universe and, in a most special way, the human race. By His indwelling in us, all men are tabernacles and manifest His divine presence, and nowhere is this truer than in the poor, the oppressed, the so-called nothings of this world. God fully identified with and continues to identify with the poor and marginalized. He was born in destitution and remained so throughout His life. He chose as His closest friends and confidants poor, ignorant, rude fisherman as well as persons considered to be great sinners by the Jewish people of His time. He had little traffic with the wealthy and important and then only to ask them to sell their goods and follow Him. Theosis, then, enjoins us to see the other as deified and divinized by the indwelling of the Spirit of God, and as such, of infinite value and dignity. He said very plainly that what we do for the least of His little ones we do to Him, again implying His full identification with and divinization of each person. The only way this world will achieve its long-desired peace is for it to embrace the concept of theosis, to understand that we proceed from our Father God who created all of us equal in dignity and worth, that He dwelt among us to foster our unity and that He continues to dwell among us to this day.

The divinized Christian is a living Eucharist, a vessel presenting God’s Spirit to the world, constantly welling up within them. He is transforming this world by living within us and we are His hands, feet and mouths. Instead of asking why God allows so much suffering on earth, we should ask ourselves why we allow it.
John Zuc

Dearest Lord, may I see You today and every day in the person of Your sick, and while nursing them minister unto You. Though you hide yourself behind the unattractive disguise of the irritable, the exacting, the unreasonable, may I still recognize you, and say, “Jesus, my patient, How sweet it is to serve you.”
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

The children on these pages, our children, are our pathways to the divine. In serving them we serve Him and in so doing enter into the life of the Trinity. God also made it very clear that unless we become as children we will not enter into our heavenly reward. Let us, then, love, nurture and cherish our children. They teach us by their innocence and unconditional love how to become one with the Divine. We thank you for making their care possible. We love you and wish you God’s peace.


2 Responses to “Villa la Paz Newsletter March 2011”

  1. Laurene O'Brien on April 11th, 2011 13:23 pm

    Hi Tony:
    Ive corresponded with you in the past. At long last i am coming to Peru and will be visiting a doctor and his family that I used to work with in Balconcillo. (He is now in his 80’s-) I will be in Lima for a week and will not be the captain of my ship. that said, I would love to see if I could visit the villa. Do you have a phone number so I could call when I get there? I will be in Lima on Tues 26th through May 2 too short a time but I am still working and the visit is to visit friends. Laurene

  2. Patricia Dol on April 19th, 2011 18:10 pm

    Dear Dr. Anthony Lazzaro and collegues,
    My name is Patricia and I was born in the island of Malta. Together with my husband Mark (from New Zealand) and our son Joshua who is now 16, we have been serving as lay catholic missionaries with the Institute for World Evangelisation-ICPE Mission. We have been in the ICPE Mission for the past 20 years and all of our missionaries rely on God’s providence for their daily needs. A handful of families have been sponsoring us for several years and we are grateful for their commitment. We continue to trust that the Lord will take care of us. If you are interested to know more about the mission you can go on our website
    As a family we have travelled quite extensively preaching the Gospel and reaching out in helping the poor in 23 countries. Presently we are in the State of Oregon in the US and we have been here for the past two years, establishing a mission centre together with another couple from Poland.
    From the time I was very young, one of my desires was to do missionary work in South America. Just recently I have watched the DVD “The Human Experience” and that is how I got to know about your home in Lima, Peru.
    My husband and I would be interested to come and do volunteer work for a month or so and work with the children and share our love with them.
    Since we have a very tight budget we would like to know what are the costs that we would be forseeing apart from the airfare.
    For the past two months we have started taking Latino language classes since we feel it is important for us to communicate with the children or the people we are working with. So far our Latino is pretty basic but we do hope to get better.
    May God bless you and we look forward to hearing from you!
    Have a blessed Holy Week
    Patricia Dol

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