The Arena of Christ’s Soul

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In this article, Fr. Patrick somewhat confirms my idea that spiritual warfare is, in many ways, a war of intelligence (in the military sense). Over the centuries preachers and hymnographers have declared that the shedding of a single drop of Christ’s blood—una stilla, wrote St. Thomas Aquinas—would have sufficed for […]

The Interpretive Lens Of Redemption

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Since the theology of Redemption takes its rise from the Gospel itself, it is reasonable to start with the Gospel in order to discern its direction, method, structure, and content. The Apostle Paul indicated this approach when he described his initial message to the Corinthians: “I delivered to you-as of […]

The Bible On Ransom Vs. Redemption

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon The Evangelist Mark traces to the lips of Jesus the first Christian reference to a particular and foundational theme, drawn from the Book of Isaiah: the Suffering Servant. When Jesus declared, “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a […]

Savior In A Manger

Early Christian Teaching on the Incarnation & Redemption by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Advent and the Christmas season form an ideal time, surely, during which to ponder the meaning—especially the soteriological meaning—of the Incarnation. The question, Cur Deus homo—“Why did God become man?”—rises spontaneously to the healthy Christian mind, I believe, and it is a […]