The Purpose of God’s Providence is to Unite

by St. Maximus the Confessor The purpose of God’s Providence is to unite, by means of right faith and spiritual love, people who have been separated by evil. To this end the Savior also suffered for us, “in order to gather together the children of God who were scattered.” (John 11:52) (St. Maximus Confessor, Chapters […]

Love and Boldness in John’s Gospel

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Love makes the world go ’round. In the mind of John, the new life in Christ is manifest two ways: The first is outward and empirical; it looks at the evidence of one’s love for those to whom he is joined in Christ. The second is inward; it has to […]

“Lord, Why Can I Not Follow You Now?”: Why Peter Had To Wait

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Saint John’s early affirmation, “The Word became flesh,” is both the thesis of his whole gospel and the interpretive principle for understanding its sundry parts. This one verse affirms that everything expressed in the divine Word took on a fleshly, human form. In the stories recounted by John, we ponder […]

If You Want To Have Love in Your Heart, but Find None

It really is this easy, and yes, it does work exactly this way. by St. Ambrose of Optina “If you find that there is no love in you, but you want to have it, then do deeds of love, even though you do them without love in the beginning. The Lord will see you desire […]

What About Marriage?

by St. John Chrysostom The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together. Men will take up arms and even sacrifice their lives for the sake of this love. St. Paul would not speak so earnestly about this subject without serious reason; why else would he say, “Wives, be subject to […]

On How to Talk to the Heterodox

Father Silouan’s attitude towards those who differed from him was characterized by a sincere desire to see what was good in them, and not to offend them in anything they held sacred. He always remained himself, he was utterly convinced that “salvation lies in Christ-like humility,” and by virtue of this humility he strove with […]

How To Win Over An Atheist

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich “For such is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” (1 Peter 2:15). Brethren, it is difficult to argue with an atheist; it is difficult to talk with an unreasonable man; it is difficult to convince an embittered man. It […]

The Death of Christ on the Cross: The Life of Man

by Fr. Stephen Freeman Several years ago, someone wrote and asked, “Why did Christ have to die on the Cross?” It is the question that prompted this article. On September 14th (New Calendar), the Church marks the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross. It is a fitting time to ask, “Why did Christ have […]