What the Apostle Paul Learned When He Joined the Church

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Several decades ago, when our family was still Episcopalian, a new parishioner remarked that I seemed to have a "high Christology." Responding to my comment that I had no idea what he was talking about, he explained that a high Christology believes in Jesus' pre-existence as God's Son. A "low Christology," on the other hand, believes that the human being Jesus was ... More...

Betrayal with Kisses – What the Love of Silver Hath Wrought

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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...

A Random World and The Death of All Knowledge

Rejecting the light of truth is the death of all knowledge

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The opening chapter of Genesis has long been a favorite of Christians, and ancient commentators discovered in its lines profound levels of meaning. In more recent times, on the other hand, some readers of Genesis, distracted by apologetic concerns alien to the deeper interests of the Sacred Text, have failed to discover those depths. For example, even from boyhood I ... More...

Pentecost: The Whole Paschal Season

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In Luke's theology the mission of the Holy Spirit is especially related to the event of Pentecost. Consequently, the forgiveness and remission of sins---the Holy Spirit's first gift---forms a theme foundational to the imagery of Pentecost. This is the case, whether "Pentecost" refers to the whole Paschal season (its older meaning) or refers to the specific day of the ... More...

A Little About Hebrews 12:2

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by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon After his long panegyric on the heroes of faith, the author of the Epistle makes reference to Jesus as "the leader and perfecter of faith" (12:2). This expression requires closer inspection, in order to understand Jesus' relationship to faith. First, we should clear up the misunderstanding created by the incorrect insertion of "our" with respect to faith. There ... More...