St. Gregory Palamas: Traditionalist or Innovator?

by Jesse Dominick St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), Archbishop of Thessaloniki (1347-1359), was and is a controversial figure. His experience and teachings of the Uncreated energies of God was severely attacked by Barlaam the Calabrian (who accused him of following the supposedly innovative teachings of St. Nicephorus of Mt. Athos [d. c. 1300]),[1] Gregory Akindynos, Nicephoras […]

The Divine Plan: The Simple Elegance of Creation and Freedom

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Let us make man in Our Image, suggested He-Who-Is. We are under no constraint to do so, obviously, but We will do it anyway. It will be an exercise in freedom. The entire enterprise would be rather pointless, moreover, unless We give man the capacity for freedom. Man’s attainment of […]

The Apophatic Quality of Speaking About God

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It is always a good thing, surely, to examine the meanings of the words we speak, but when we speak about God critical reflection is downright imperative. Take, for instance, the adjectives “eternal” and “infinite,” which for many centuries have been used as descriptive of God. If we spend a […]

Is There Anybody Out There? Does God Not Answer Prayer?

Why Petitions are “Not Answered” and How Intercession Works by Fr John Maitland Moir “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain “Move hence to yonder place”, and it will move” You probably know the story of the old Scots woman whose cottage window was overshadowed by […]

Again at the Inn

by Fr. John A. Peck Exodus 4:24-26 There is a powerful allegory happening here. So, let’s look at the scene. The Angel of the Lord appears at an Inn, specifically bringing death to his servant Moses (whom, by the way, He has just sent to proclaim His Word to Pharaoh). The implication here is that unless […]

Does God Punish Us?

by Fr. John Breck Sometimes priests come away from hearing confessions with a sense of profound sadness. That sadness is often due to the realization that we have allowed our faithful to acquire and live with images of God that are woefully distorted, images that seem to have little to do with the One who […]

Nothing Created by God is Evil

by St. Maximus the Confessor Nothing created by God is evil. It is not food that is evil but gluttony, not the begetting of children but unchastity, not material things but avarice, not esteem but self-esteem. It is only the misuse of things that is evil, not the things themselves.     Share the post […]

The Aim of Living in God

by St. Simeon the New Theologian “The aim of all those who live in God is to please our Lord Jesus Christ and become reconciled with God the Father through receiving the Holy Spirit, thus securing their salvation, for in this consists the salvation of every soul. If this aim and this activity is lacking, […]