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...

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...

Hospice or Hospital?

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Spiritual pain control or spiritual healing? A letter from Abbot Tryphon Since the Church is the hospital for the soul, it is important we take full advantage of all the resources for healing found within the Church. Confession is the all important beginning for this healing process to begin. The grace imparted during a good confession opens wide the gates of God's grace, and we begin our inner ... 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...

Do all Religions Have the Same Heavenly Father?

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by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis “WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS” Are we? First in Jerusalem (May 27, 2014), and more recently in Rome (June 8, 2014), Patriarch Bartholomew hammers the message of universal brotherhood with intra-Christian and interfaith prayer services (which according to the canons of the Orthodox Church are prohibited) and with statements and declarations to that ... More...