“I Charge You in the Presence…”

Immediately after telling Timothy that “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” (2 Timothy 3:12) St. Paul follows with this instruction to the new bishop. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by […]

What Peter and Paul Tell Us About These Days

Take heed.  Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12     Share the post “What Peter […]

What Paul Received and Handed On

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Inasmuch as the letters of St Paul are apparently the earliest writings in the New Testament, he is commonly—and not inappropriately—thought of as the Church’s earliest theologian. This persuasion, nonetheless, should not be taken to mean that the Church had no theology prior to Paul’s conversion. Indeed, on the very […]

The Man Who Loved Christ More Than All

by St. John Chrysostom No man loved Christ more than Paul. No man exhibited greater zeal, no man was counted worthy of more grace: nevertheless, after all these great advantages, he still has fears and tremblings concerning this government and those who were governed by him. I fear, he says, lest by any means, as […]

The New Testament Jeremiah

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Apostle Paul speaks of his conversion graphically and with a certain flourish. It happened, he wrote, “when it pleased God, who appointed me (aphorisas me) from my mother’s womb (ek koilias metros mou) and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach […]

Understanding the Apostle Paul

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon God seems to have chosen the Apostle Paul to demonstrate—arguably more than any other person in Christian history—how the life “in Christ” arrives at insight through experience. That is to say, the reader of the Pauline letters can actually discern, by the simple study of these letters, how their author, […]

Blood Atonement and the Price of Redemption

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Throughout the New Testament the apostolic witness gives a central place to the theme of Christ’s redeeming blood, which was poured out in his sacrificial death on the Cross. For the whole human race this blood procures deliverance from sin and death. Thus, Paul writes that in Christ “we have […]

The Thinking Part Of The Universe

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The human being is not only a part of the created Universe; he is also the thinking part. Human thought is the only place where the Cosmos is conscious, critical, and self-reflective. It is the sole forum where Creation can examine itself, render an assessment, and even make cognitive adjustments […]