Making It A Fair Fight for the Devil

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon According to Athanasius of Alexandria, man's repentance from sin would not have been sufficient to restore him to friendship with God. To imagine otherwise is to suppose an inadequate and unbiblical view of sin. Sin is not a merely moral offense, after all, an injury readily cured by simple repentance. Still less is it just a forensic declaration of guilt that could ... More...

Christ: The Trojan Horse of Redemption

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon I have always thought that spiritual warfare is often a war of intelligence (looking strong where you are weak, looking weak where you are strong, knowing what the enemy isn't aware you know, etc.) and in this excellent article, Fr. Patrick points out that the humble Christ the Victim was in fact Christ the Victor the whole time. He was himself, in the flesh, a ... More...

A New Direction for Death

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon According to the structure of the Canonical Hours in Western monasticism, two specific psalms were traditionally appointed for Thursday Matins: Psalms 87 and 89 (Hebrew 88 and 90) (Cf. The Rule of Saint Benedict, Ch. 13). The choice of these two psalms appears to be related to the Lord's Agony in the Garden, which took place on Thursday. Thus, the "voice" ... More...

Haggling with the Almighty

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon As types of Christ our Intercessor with the Father, the Old Testament speaks of several men who were efficacious in intercession. Three of these are Abraham, Moses, and Job. In the case of Abraham, God affirmed his standing as an intercessor when He told the offending Abimelech that Abraham "will pray for you and you shall live." And, indeed, "Abraham prayed to ... More...

Praying with Incense and the Wrath of God

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Having determined that repentant prayer alone turns away the divine wrath, we should also consider two ritual gestures in which such prayer may be expressed: the offering of incense and the devout raising of the hands. Since Holy Scripture regards both these elevations as symbols of the soul's ascent to God. It is no wonder we sometime find them joined in a unified ... More...