When the Holy Spirit REALLY Speaks, What Does He Say?

O_Come_Holy_Spirit

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When our Lord spoke of his coming departure from this world, he described it as an advantage to us. "It is to your advantage (sympherei hymin)," he declared, "that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you" (John 16:7). This declaration is given in response to the Apostles' sense of loss when ... More...

The Arena of Christ’s Soul

Christ warrior

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In this article, Fr. Patrick somewhat confirms my idea that spiritual warfare is, in many ways, a war of intelligence (in the military sense). Over the centuries preachers and hymnographers have declared that the shedding of a single drop of Christ's blood---una stilla, wrote St. Thomas Aquinas---would have sufficed for our Redemption. It is important, I believe, to ... More...

The Church’s Unique Gift

holyspirit

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Christ's greatest gift to the Church is the gift of the Holy Spirit; this gift is, moreover, original, unique, and exclusive. Now if anyone finds this assertion unsurprising, I suspect he may not have given it the critical reflection it calls for. There should be at least a few faithful Bible-readers, I think, who are disposed to wonder if it is true. Consider, for ... More...

Making It A Fair Fight for the Devil

sumo_mismatch

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

Rapidion

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...