The Revelation To Simon Johnson

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon On many occasions in recent years, I have argued that all theological reflection begins with, and must be rooted in, the identity of Jesus. In making this point, however, I do not mean that theology is simply reflection on a revealed proposition objectively known. On the contrary, I contend that […]

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 […]

Jesus, Jail and Jury Duty

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon I have never served on a jury. Nor, if I trust memory, have I ever published very widely the reasons for this. The immediate reason is that I have invariably found some way to be excused from that duty without making a big deal of it. When, for instance, I […]

Proportion & Measurement in Exegesis

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Essential to a Christian understanding of Sacred Scripture is the principle of analogia. That is to say, a perception of proportion and measurement is at the heart of the exegetical and theological enterprise because of the unity, coherence, and integrity of God’s Word through Creation and Salvation History. In Jesus’ […]

Is Hell Real?

by Fr. Stephen Freeman Because sometimes the people of God need a basic lesson in the nature of existence… On one of the roads leading into my small city a billboard has recently appeared. It is part of a larger campaign by a nationally known evangelist who is to have a revival in Knoxville. The […]

The Grammar Of Prayer

by Robert Arakaki For many Evangelicals prayer is talking to God with the phrase “In Jesus’ Name.  Amen.” added at the end.  The emphasis is on praying sincerely from the heart.  Little thought is given as to what makes for good mature Christian prayer.   In this blog posting I want to discuss how Christian […]

Shopping For Jesus

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon It is my sad impression that much of what passes for evangelism in this country is, in fact, only an exercise in religious consumerism, where various religious bodies exhibit their wares and compete with one another for larger shares of the shopping population. In such a context the pastor is […]

The Fulfillment of Hosea’s Foretold Restoration

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In his first epistle Peter once describes his audience as God’s Chosen People: But you are an elect generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a treasured People, that you may declare the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; formerly you were not […]