Does the Devil Attack Us When We are in Church?

by St. Barsanuphius of Optina “Prayer in church is important. The best thoughts and feelings come in church, yes, and the enemy attacks more violently in church, but with the sign of the Cross and the Jesus Prayer, you drive him away. It is good to stand in some dark corner in church and to pray […]

A Good, Old Fashioned Gnostic Beatdown

St. Ireneaus of Lyon, terror of gnostics, crusher of heresy by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the second century, Irenaeus, the second bishop of Lyons, explicitly asked-with respect to the eternal Word – “for what purpose did he come down?” ( Against the Heresies 2.14.7). And the answer: “that he might destroy sin, abolish death, […]

Making It A Fair Fight for the Devil

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. […]

Why Christ Came Down

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In the second century, Irenaeus, the second bishop of Lyons, explicitly asked-with respect to the eternal Word – “for what purpose did he come down?” (Against the Heresies 2.14.7). And the answer, “that he might destroy sin, abolish death, and give life to man” (3.18.7). Irenaeus explains, “God created man […]