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 […]

Mercy and Power in the Bible

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon First Samuel 24 narrates an encounter between Saul and David: the latter, when the king’s jealousy and dangerous behavior drove him from the royal court, was obliged to wander, like an outlaw, in the desert regions in the south of Judah. Harassed and pursued by the army of the increasingly […]

On The Jesus Prayer

by St. John Chrysostom Our father among the saints, John (347-407), Archbishop of Constantinople, was a notable Christian bishop and preacher from the fourth and fifth centuries in Syria and Constantinople. He is famous for eloquence in public speaking and his denunciation of abuse of authority in the Church and in the Roman Empire of […]