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 […]

On The Chosen Exiles

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon Just as the word describing Peter—“apostle”—has no article in First Peter 1:1, the article is also missing in Peter’s reference to those who received that epistle. They are, literally, “chosen exiles of the Diaspora.” The absence of the article, here too, makes the reference a theological description of Peter’s audience. […]

Christ: The Fulfillment Of All Old Testament Sacrifices

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon In First Peter the sufferings and death of Jesus serve to bolster a pervasive exhortation to Christian patience, service, and longsuffering, following the example given in the Lord’s Passion. This moral preoccupation with patience in affliction reflects the hostile environment in which Peter’s Christians were obliged to live, despised outcasts […]

When His Glory Is Made Manifest

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon There is wisdom and merit in the impulse to study the writings of Peter and Mark together; the First Epistle of Peter and the Gospel of Mark were both composed at Rome, in close sequence, and, as far as we can determine, in the context of the same crisis: the […]

In The Footsteps Of St. Peter

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon After the Apostle Peter was released from prison, we read, “he departed and went to another place” (Acts 12:17). The evidence indicates that Peter, before his life was over, went to several other places. Some time later we find him, for example, at Antioch (Galatians 2:11). Since Luke traveled mainly […]

Seven Things You Should Know About St. Peter’s Theology of Atonement

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon When we consider the oral tradition that preceded the writing of the Gospels, it is essential to consider its personal quality; only a few individuals were able to speak to the ministry and teaching of Jesus with recognized authority: the Apostles whom he had chosen. The Evangelists, in their composition, […]

On Papal Primacy

by St. Symeon of Thessaloniki (ca. 1381-1429) With the resignation of Pope Benedict, it is a good time to review a few important ideas with regard to the Bishop of Rome. First, the Orthodox affirm Papal Primacy, but reject Papal Supremacy. We should not contradict the Latins when they say that the Bishop of Rome […]

In Praise of Ss. Peter & Paul

by St. John Chrysostom The following selected passages are from St John Chrysostom’s final homily on St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Romans 16:24) See how we should begin and end everything? For with this St Paul laid the foundation of his Epistle, […]