Seeking Truth Outside the Church

by St. Irenaeus of Lyons One should not seek among others the truth that can be easily gotten from the Church. For in her, as in a rich treasury, the apostles have placed all that pertains to truth, so that everyone can drink this beverage of life. She is the door of life. Against Heresies, […]

The Power of Apostolic Era Hymnography

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon After the words of Jesus himself, the texts of Christian hymnography seem to provide our earliest sources of Christian theology. The Apostolica—the New Testament writings—bear witness to the existence of such hymns (cf. Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 14:15,26; Ephesians 5:19; 3:16; James 5:23). An obvious feature of hymns renders them […]

On Contempt For Divine Truth

by Pope St. Gelasius I (d. 496) We have noted with vexation that contempt for divine truths has reached such a level that even women, it is reported, serve at the holy altars. Everything that is entrusted exclusively to men is performed by the sex that has no right to do so. And of all these […]

Truth And Revelation

By St. Nikolai Velimirovich “Brethren, see to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Brethren, do not let philosophy enslave us, which by conjecture, says that there is no eternal life nor […]

Transfiguration, Law and Grace

by St. Leo the Great The Lord reveals his glory in the presence of chosen witnesses. His body is like that of the rest of mankind, but he makes it shine with such splendor that his face becomes like the sun in glory, and his garments as white as snow. The great reason for this […]

Truth And The Disarming Technique

by Fr. George Morelli What to Do When One’s “Truth” Does Not Match the “Others’” Truth ““Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every […]

The Spirit of Truth

by St. Hilary of Poitiers Our father among the saints, Hilary, was Bishop of Poitiers in Gaul (now France). He was born at Poitiers about the end of the 3rd century A.D. His parents were pagans of distinction. He received a good education, including what had even then become somewhat rare in the West, some […]