Scripture’s Role in Mystogogy (Initiation into Mystery)

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The doctrine of divine providence is asserted in the biblical thesis that "all things work together for good to those who love God" (Romans 8:28). This "working together" of historical events under divine governance for particular and inter-related purposes is a mystery, in both usual senses of the word. First, divine providence is a mystery in the sense that ... More...

Betrayal with Kisses – What the Love of Silver Hath Wrought

Delilah

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon If Delilah was even half as pretty as Hedy Lamarr, who played her in Cecil B. DeMilles' 1949 film, it is easy to see why Samson was fascinated. Fascinated too, over the centuries, were those many readers of Holy Scripture who found in the tragic romance of Delilah and the Danite the stuff of (as Milton remarks on the subject) "Acts enroll'd/ In copious Legend, or ... More...

Paul and the Church vs. Every Marcion Since Then

Christmas liturgy

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon God seems to have chosen the Apostle Paul to demonstrate---arguably more than any other person in Christian history---how the life "in Christ" arrives at insight through experience. That is to say, the reader of the Pauline letters can actually discern, by the study of these letters, how their author, in the circumstances of his life in Christ, came to perceive ... More...

The Lenten Question

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon If there is a single question most appropriate to the approach of Lent, I suggest it is the query "What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" This is not a fun question; it does not lend itself to frivolity. It is the most serious question posed to the human mind. I ... More...

The Antichrist, the Cross and the Third Sunday in Lent

The Holy Cross

by St. Gregory Palamas The Cross of Christ was mysteriously proclaimed in advance and foreshadowed from generations of old and no one was ever reconciled with God except by the power of the Cross. After our First Parents transgressed against God through the tree in paradise, sin came to life, but we died, submitting, even before physical death, to the death of the soul, its separation from God. ... More...