Hemmed in by Glory

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon I wonder how many of us have considered what is implied by the juxtaposition of two biblical verses that are, I concede, juxtaposed but rarely. The first verse, from Isaiah, contains the angelic declaration, "Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory." The second verse, from Job, contains the Tempter's answer to the Lord's question, "Where have you been lately?" He ... More...

Music and Mediation in St Gregory of Nyssa’s Commentary ‘On the Inscriptions of the Psalms’

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by Fr. Matthew Baker In his On the Making of Man, St Gregory of Nyssa likened the human body to a kind of musical instrument, played upon by the mind of man. In the same work, he dismissed as pagan the idea of man as microcosm. Yet later, in his dialogue On the Soul and the Resurrection, Gregory espoused precisely this notion of microcosm in order to express the mediatorial role of the human ... More...

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...