Angelic Dialogue According to the Church Fathers

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon As we considered recently, the Church Fathers placed Psalm 23 (Hebrew 24) in the scene of the Lord’s Ascension. The dialogue in this psalm (“Who is this King of glory?), they believed, involved the angels who guarded the gates of heaven. Indeed, Saint Irenaeus, in the course of an exposition […]

Do You Wish To Be Happy?

by St. John Chrysostom Do you wish to be happy? Do you want to know how to spend the day truly blessed? I offer you a drink that is spiritual. This is not a drink for drunkenness that would cut off even meaningful speech. This does not cause us to babble. It does not disturb […]

Jesus and the Psalms

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In my next book which I (along with my publisher) hope will be finished soon, I will argue that Jesus learned the meaning of the biblical prophecies in his life of prayerful intimacy with the Father. The prayer of Christ is inseparable from the being of Christ. In the mind […]

On The Value Of The Psalms

by St. Basil the Great From St. Basil’s Homily on Psalm 1 When, indeed, the Holy Spirit saw that the human race was guided only with difficulty toward virtue, and that, because of our inclination toward pleasure, we were neglectful of an upright life, what did He do? The delight of melody He mingled with […]

The Man of the Psalms

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon A progressive scheme of images is developed through the first three psalms: First, the Man (Psalm 1), then the Messiah (Psalm 2), and finally the Suffering Servant (Psalm 3). Since this triadic pattern of reference runs throughout the Psalter, one may regard these three psalms as the book’s proper “introduction.” […]

Oration On The Palms

by St. Methodius of Olympus Methodius was bishop of Olympus in Lycia who died a martyr around the year 311 A.D. He was a well-educated philosopher and theologian who argued against many of Origen’s erroneous views. Like Origen, however, he interpreted Scripture primarily in an allegorical sense. I. Blessed be God; let us proceed, brethren, […]

On The Value Of The Psalms

by St. Basil the Great When, indeed, the Holy Spirit saw that the human race was guided only with difficulty toward virtue, and that, because of our inclination toward pleasure, we were neglectful of an upright life, what did He do? The delight of melody He mingled with the doctrines so that by the pleasantness […]

The Final Word

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Evidently there were several “final words” of Jesus on the cross, some recorded in Matthew and Mark, others in Luke and John. Only Luke narrates the conversation with the thief. Luke alone, likewise, records the two times Jesus cries out to God as “Father”: “Father forgive them for they know […]