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 […]

On Divine Punishment: A Homily for the Sunday of the Paralytic

by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee (Jn. 5:14). This is the commandment the Lord gave to the paralytic whom He healed, as we heard today in the Gospels. Beloved brethren! This commandment of the Lord has enormous importance for us. It teaches […]

The Purpose of “Punishment” from God

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich God does not punish sinners because it gives Him gratification to destroy men. If that gave Him gratification, He would not have created man out of nothing. He punishes man out of more important constructive reasons, of which two are most apparent to us: First, that by punishment He corrects them […]