And He Will Come Again in Glory

In the Creed, we confess that our Savior will come again in glory. And through this confession, we proclaim with joyful voices that all the wondrous and extraordinary truths we believe concerning our compassionate God will one day, the proverbial day of the Lord, be as manifest as the sun, making daylight pale into darkness by comparison. Many Christians today become fearful with an unsettling foreboding when they think about the end times, because they focus on the anti-Christ with all his futile machinations, instead of on Christ totally victorious with utter ease on that last, great day. … [Read more...]

“Translation” of Ancient Christian Wisdom into Greek

Although the overwhelming majority of readers of this blog are English speakers or have acquired reading proficiency in English, I still thought that I would let all of you know that Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy has just become available in Greek with the title Θεραπεία τῆς Ψυχῆς: Πατέρες καὶ Ψυχολόγοι σὲ Διάλογο, which could be backtranslated into English as Healing of the Soul: Fathers and Psychologists in Dialogue. The Greek version is about one hundred and fifty pages more lengthy than the English counterpart, primarily because the footnotes with patristic … [Read more...]

And Sits At the Right Hand of the Father

The Nicene Creed is not a mere set of beliefs that we confess with our mouths, but the Way that we follow in thought, word, and deed leading to eternal life in communion with our triune God. The Creed is meant to open up to us new worlds of holiness, new experiences of the divine, and above all newness of life found only in Christ. This is evident in the creedal formula “and sits at the right hand of the Father,” for with our minds fixed on the rule of God where Christ reigns forever, with our hearts comforted in the knowledge that Christ has indeed ascended to the Father where He continues to … [Read more...]

Precious Guidance in Life Culled from the Creed: “And Ascended into Heaven”

Leaving aside all the debates about the unmoved Mover, we know from the Gospel that our God moves and calls us to move as well. In fact, the entire divine economy is characterized by movement. In the Incarnation, the Eternal Word of God empties Himself and becomes what He was not—that is, human—moving into humanity when the Holy Spirit overshadowed the most pure Virgin Mary. After His birth, the holy family fled into Egypt moving again following an angelic command. In His three years of public ministry, the Lord walked from village to village, moving by land and by sea, until He finally rode … [Read more...]

According to the Scriptures

“With wars and rumors of wars,” “with earthquakes and famines that are just the beginning of sorrows,” people living in every epoch decry the evils of their age and bemoan the injustices found therein. And yet, there is a certain calm that comes to the soul that views life as proceeding “according to the Scriptures,” that sacred reminder to the faithful that nothing happens outside of God’s plan, for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. According to Saint Hilary of Poitier, the creedal phrase “according to the Scriptures” solemnly seals the most sacred mystery of the Christian faith with … [Read more...]

Love that Transforms All Things: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried

With this Sunday’s post on the Nicene Creed, we come to what is arguably the central tenet of our faith. It is also an article of faith that has the power to transform our core beliefs about human existence, suffering, and even death. When the triune God enters human history as He did in the Incarnation and particularly the Crucifixion, human calculations about what it means to be human, what is the significance of suffering, and what is the ultimate meaning of death change forever. In the Gospel of Saint John is written one of the most consoling and powerful passages of Holy Scripture: “For … [Read more...]

The Social and Physical Aspects of Chronic Pain

Christianity undeniably affirms the physical, material aspect of life, for could there possibly be a greater affirmation than the fact that God Himself became an incarnate physical, material human being? Christianity likewise affirms that we are all related to each other as children of single Creator, as our brother’s and sister’s keeper, and members of one another. To deny the physical and the social aspects of reality is to deny the very aspects of reality through which we are to be saved. Hence not only from a holistic approach to chronic pain, but also from a Christian vantage-point, the … [Read more...]

A Holistic Approach to Chronic Pain

Disclaimer:  Acute pain may be defined as intense pain of recent onset that usually diminishes and disappears when healing has taken place.  Acute pain is a symptom of some underlying disease or injury.  Chronic pain is that which is ongoing and defies simple causal analysis.  It may be diagnosed in general terms and defies mere biological factors or pharmaceutical therapies.  Chronic pain will be the subject of this blog series. Medicine concentrates on the physiochemical causes of illness in which a given complaint is explained within a theoretical framework that has room for pathways of … [Read more...]

Chronic Pain: Introduction to a Wider Approach

Disclaimer:  Acute pain may be defined as intense pain of recent onset that usually diminishes and disappears when healing has taken place.  Acute pain is a symptom of some underlying disease or injury.  Chronic pain is that which is ongoing and defies simple causal analysis.  It may be diagnosed in general terms and defies mere biological factors or pharmaceutical therapies.  Chronic pain will be the subject of this blog series. Saint Augustine once wrote, “Although there may be life without pain, there cannot be pain without some kind of life” (City of God, Book XIX, Chapter 13), but that … [Read more...]

The Power of Truly Believing in the Maker of Heaven and Earth

When we affirm belief in one God who made heaven and earth we are proclaiming more than a belief that God created the heavens and the earth ex nihilo (out of nothing).  We are affirming that the meaning of our very existence in time and space, whenever and wherever we may be, ultimately has its source in God. We affirm that we are all His creatures, born of earth, destined for heaven, and always called to share in the superabundance of His goodness and love, the heart of all that is and ever shall be. God was not under any constraint to create the heavens and earth.  Rather, He freely created … [Read more...]