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Weekly sermons from All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, IL, preached by Fr. Pat Reardon. Brought to you by Ancient Faith Radio.
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Division, Desecration, Dedication

On the occasion of the third night of Hanukkah, Fr. Pat talks about the divisions God built into creation, about the consecration and desecration of sacred space, and about dedication of God's temple and of ourselves.
12/12/202320 minutes, 7 seconds
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Division, Desecration, Dedication

On the occasion of the third night of Hanukkah, Fr. Pat talks about the divisions God built into creation, about the consecration and desecration of sacred space, and about dedication of God's temple and of ourselves.
12/12/20230
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Touched by Another Human Being

Fr. Pat reflects upon the encounter between Jesus and the woman with the chronic bleeding who touched the hem of His robe.
11/2/202322 minutes, 40 seconds
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Touched by Another Human Being

Fr. Pat reflects upon the encounter between Jesus and the woman with the chronic bleeding who touched the hem of His robe.
11/2/20230
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A Matter of Daily Concern

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Fr. Pat reminds us that the Cross ought to be the lens through which we examine every question and regard every problem; it is what gives godly shape to the Christian life.
9/24/202321 minutes, 5 seconds
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A Matter of Daily Concern

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Fr. Pat reminds us that the Cross ought to be the lens through which we examine every question and regard every problem; it is what gives godly shape to the Christian life.
9/24/20230
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A Vocation Both Common and Special

There’s a sense in which The Vocation of Mary was the most special and the most common. In this homily given on the Feast of the Dormition in 2010, Fr. Pat considers these two vocations of our Lord's Mother.
8/24/202315 minutes, 39 seconds
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A Vocation Both Common and Special

There’s a sense in which The Vocation of Mary was the most special and the most common. In this homily given on the Feast of the Dormition in 2010, Fr. Pat considers these two vocations of our Lord's Mother.
8/22/20230
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Xerxes and Paul

Fr. Pat compares an event from the life of Xerxes as told by Herodotus in Book 7 of The Histories to a similar event in the lives of Paul and his companions as told by Luke in Acts 16:1-12.
4/30/20230
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Xerxes and Paul

Fr. Pat compares an event from the life of Xerxes as told by Herodotus in Book 7 of The Histories to a similar event in the lives of Paul and his companions as told by Luke in Acts 16:1-12.
4/30/202325 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Gospel of Mark, the Apostles, and the Sacraments

In this homily from the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt in 2008, Fr. Pat discusses the occasion for the writing of the Gospel of Mark, the response of the Apostles to the cross, and the question Jesus asks James and John in the 10th chapter of Mark, which is the same question He asks us as we approach the chalice.
4/6/20230
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The Gospel of Mark, the Apostles, and the Sacraments

In this homily from the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt in 2008, Fr. Pat discusses the occasion for the writing of the Gospel of Mark, the response of the Apostles to the cross, and the question Jesus asks James and John in the 10th chapter of Mark, which is the same question He asks us as we approach the chalice.
4/6/202319 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Struggle of Faith

The 9th chapter of the Gospel of Mark opens with the account of the Transfiguration, then is immediately followed by the the story of Jesus healing a boy possessed by an unclean spirit, a spirit which Jesus’ disciples were unable to cast out. Fr. Pat makes three observations about faith which we can learn from this story. The painting Fr. Pat refers to is The Transfiguration by Rafael.
3/29/20230
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The Struggle of Faith

The 9th chapter of the Gospel of Mark opens with the account of the Transfiguration, then is immediately followed by the the story of Jesus healing a boy possessed by an unclean spirit, a spirit which Jesus’ disciples were unable to cast out. Fr. Pat makes three observations about faith which we can learn from this story. The painting Fr. Pat refers to is The Transfiguration by Rafael.
3/29/202322 minutes, 11 seconds
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Saint Paul or Faust?

Both Saint Paul and Faust, the man who sells his soul to the devil, have something to say about faith, hope, and patience. Fr. Pat considers the great divide between these two men.
3/23/20230
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Saint Paul or Faust?

Both Saint Paul and Faust, the man who sells his soul to the devil, have something to say about faith, hope, and patience. Fr. Pat considers the great divide between these two men.
3/23/202322 minutes, 4 seconds
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Our Elders in the Faith

In this homily from 2008 preached on the Feast of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (which was also Forgiveness Sunday), Fr. Pat reminds us of the great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. The text is Hebrews 12:1-10.
3/10/20230
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Our Elders in the Faith

In this homily from 2008 preached on the Feast of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (which was also Forgiveness Sunday), Fr. Pat reminds us of the great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. The text is Hebrews 12:1-10.
3/10/202326 minutes, 35 seconds
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The Supremacy of Love

When the Apostle Paul lists faith, hope, and love as a triad of things that abide, he takes care to assert that the greatest of these is love. In this homily from Vespers on January 5, 2014, Fr. Pat examines these three things more closely.
2/14/20230
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The Supremacy of Love

When the Apostle Paul lists faith, hope, and love as a triad of things that abide, he takes care to assert that the greatest of these is love. In this homily from Vespers on January 5, 2014, Fr. Pat examines these three things more closely.
2/14/202316 minutes
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The Depth, the Height, and the Breadth of the Life in Christ

January 30 in the Orthodox Church is the Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom. In this homily from 2011, Fr. Pat teaches us about these three Fathers of the Church and their contributions to the Faith.
1/30/20230
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The Depth, the Height, and the Breadth of the Life in Christ

January 30 in the Orthodox Church is the Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom. In this homily from 2011, Fr. Pat teaches us about these three Fathers of the Church and their contributions to the Faith.
1/30/202317 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Mind’s Contract with Reality

This past Sunday evening All Saints Church hosted a Pan-Orthodox Prayer Service for the Sanctity of Life, sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Chicago. Fr. Pat was the guest speaker. These were his remarks.
1/25/20230
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The Mind’s Contract with Reality

This past Sunday evening All Saints Church hosted a Pan-Orthodox Prayer Service for the Sanctity of Life, sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Chicago. Fr. Pat was the guest speaker. These were his remarks.
1/25/202326 minutes, 20 seconds
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A Letter from Caesarea

Paul transforms his prison cell into a hub of missions work. The text is Colossians 3:4-11.
1/18/20230
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A Letter from Caesarea

Paul transforms his prison cell into a hub of missions work. The text is Colossians 3:4-11.
1/18/202327 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Measure of Grace

Fr. Pat preaches on Ephesians 4:7-13 in this homily from January 2016.
1/10/20230
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The Measure of Grace

Fr. Pat preaches on Ephesians 4:7-13 in this homily from January 2016.
1/10/202323 minutes, 10 seconds
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His Intrusion into This World

Fr. Pat gave this brief meditation at approximately midnight on January 1, 2014.
1/3/20230
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His Intrusion into This World

Fr. Pat gave this brief meditation at approximately midnight on January 1, 2014.
1/3/20237 minutes, 39 seconds
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Christ Alone

In this homily from Christmas Day 2007, Fr. Pat reflects upon the Incarnation in terms of Christ the Only Holy One, Christ our Mediator, and Christ our Brother.
12/28/20220
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Christ Alone

In this homily from Christmas Day 2007, Fr. Pat reflects upon the Incarnation in terms of Christ the Only Holy One, Christ our Mediator, and Christ our Brother.
12/28/202217 minutes, 38 seconds
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On Solomon’s Porch

John's Gospel tells us of a time during the Feast of Hanukkah when Jesus was teaching on Solomon's porch (John 10:22-23). Hanukkah is the feast of dedication; Fr. Pat examines this theme of dedication in the lives of three Old Testament saints.
12/21/202226 minutes, 52 seconds
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On Solomon’s Porch

John's Gospel tells us of a time during the Feast of Hanukkah when Jesus was teaching on Solomon's porch (John 10:22-23). Hanukkah is the feast of dedication; Fr. Pat examines this theme of dedication in the lives of three Old Testament saints.
12/21/20220
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Invitation to the Banquet

The theory of the perenial philosophy says that there’s a certain core experience of truth that all human beings have. Fr. Pat discusses this theory in light of Luke 14:16-24, the Parable of the Great Banquet.
12/13/20220
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Invitation to the Banquet

The theory of the perenial philosophy says that there’s a certain core experience of truth that all human beings have. Fr. Pat discusses this theory in light of Luke 14:16-24, the Parable of the Great Banquet.
12/13/202231 minutes, 26 seconds
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Abraham: History, Theology, Morality

Paul tells us in Galatians that if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed. In this homily from 2016, Fr. Pat takes a closer look at Abraham, considering historical fact, theological truth, and moral responsibility. The text is Galatians 3:23-4:5.
12/6/20220
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Abraham: History, Theology, Morality

Paul tells us in Galatians that if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed. In this homily from 2016, Fr. Pat takes a closer look at Abraham, considering historical fact, theological truth, and moral responsibility. The text is Galatians 3:23-4:5.
12/6/202221 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Gracious Bounty of the Father

In this homily from Thanksgiving of 2010, Fr. Pat considers with us God's Covenant with Noah given in Genesis 9.
11/23/20220
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The Gracious Bounty of the Father

In this homily from Thanksgiving of 2010, Fr. Pat considers with us God's Covenant with Noah given in Genesis 9.
11/23/202211 minutes, 12 seconds
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Who

In this homily from 2014, Fr. Pat takes a close look at the word "who" in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).Who
11/14/20220
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Who

In this homily from 2014, Fr. Pat takes a close look at the word "who" in the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).
11/14/202225 minutes, 7 seconds
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Obedient Faith

A homily from Fr. Pat on Galatians 2:16-20, given in 2004.
11/8/20220
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Obedient Faith

A homily from Fr. Pat on Galatians 2:16-20, given in 2004.
11/8/202219 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Practice of Prayer in the Pursuit of Wisdom

A vesperal homily about James the Just. The text is James 1:1-11.
11/3/202218 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Practice of Prayer in the Pursuit of Wisdom

A vesperal homily about James the Just. The text is James 1:1-11.
11/3/20220
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Biblical Meditation

A vesperal homily based upon Joshua 1:1-9
10/10/20220
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Biblical Meditation

A vesperal homily based upon Joshua 1:1-9.
10/10/202216 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Imagination and the Moral Order

Preaching from Luke 6:31-26, Fr. Pat discusses the Golden Rule.
10/5/20220
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The Imagination and the Moral Order

Preaching from Luke 6:31-26, Fr. Pat discusses the Golden Rule.
10/5/202228 minutes, 47 seconds
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Father Mapple’s Sermon

A Vesperal homily on the Feast of the Holy Prophet Jonah.
9/29/202225 minutes, 1 second
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The Existential Discontinuity of the Cross

The cross is a catastrophic event in which everything falls apart, and everything that went before has been destroyed. This homily is from the Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross, 2009. The texts are Galatians 2:16-20 and Mark 8:34-9:1.
9/20/202223 minutes, 23 seconds
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Two Types of Souls

On the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, Fr. Pat compares our Lord's Mother with the rich man in Luke 12, today's Gospel reading.
9/14/20220
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Historical Claims, Their Interpretation, and the History of Salvation

A homily on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, given on August 26, 2012.
9/2/20220
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Historical Claims, Their Interpretation, and the History of Salvation

A homily on 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, given on August 26, 2012.
9/2/202227 minutes, 4 seconds
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One Verb and Two Nouns

Fr. Pat discusses three words from the first chapter of 2 Corinthians.
8/31/20220
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Prayer, Patience, Persuasion

n 1 Corinthian 4:9-16, the Apostle Paul gives a portrayal of a style of life very much in contrast with the style of life preferred by the Corinthians. In this homily from 2009, Fr. Pat looks at the contrasts enumerated by St. Paul.
8/25/20220
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Prayer, Patience, Persuasion

n 1 Corinthian 4:9-16, the Apostle Paul gives a portrayal of a style of life very much in contrast with the style of life preferred by the Corinthians. In this homily from 2009, Fr. Pat looks at the contrasts enumerated by St. Paul.
8/25/202223 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Journey Through the Desert

Fr. Pat explains why the Church emphasizes Christ's multiplication of the loaves and fish.
8/24/20220
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Two Miracles, Three Common Elements

Fr. Pat compares the story of Peter walking on the water with that of the man who brings his son to Jesus.
8/24/20220
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Of Ourselves, of Christ Our Lord, and of His Mother

In this homily given on the Feast of the Dormition in 2010, Fr. Pat reflects upon the revelation of the Gospel disclosed in the human face
8/16/20220
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Of Ourselves, of Christ Our Lord, and of His Mother

In this homily given on the Feast of the Dormition in 2010, Fr. Pat reflects upon the revelation of the Gospel disclosed in the human face
8/16/202229 minutes, 23 seconds
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Reflections on the Transfiguration of Our Lord

In this homily from 2006, Fr. Pat reflects upon the Body of Christ, the Sacraments, and our own transfiguration in Christ.
8/12/20220
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Reflections on the Transfiguration of Our Lord

In this homily from 2006, Fr. Pat reflects upon the Body of Christ, the Sacraments, and our own transfiguration in Christ.
8/12/202221 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Banquet

Based on the Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke 14, Fr. Pat reflects upon the freedom presupposed in the invitation, the nature of the banquet itself, and the messengers of the banquet.
8/3/20220
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What Was He Wearing?

What was Jesus wearing in the manger? When he carried out his ministry? In his Resurrection appearances? How is he clothed today? We reflect on these questions with Fr. Pat.
8/2/20220
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Two Men Meeting Christ

Both Galatians 1 and Luke 8 contain stories of men converting to Christ. Fr. Pat examines these two accounts.
8/2/20220
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Generosity, Freedom, and a Problem

There is no easy way to eternal life. We are made to know God, to love God, to serve God, and that is hard. Fr. Pat offers reflections on this via three theses.
8/2/20220
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The Heart of the Christian Gospel

Jesus' healing of the Paralytic in Matthew 9 teaches us many things about man's biggest problem, about the corporate nature of the Church's service to the sinner, and about the Lord's authority to forgive sins.
8/1/20220
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The Heart of the Christian Gospel

Jesus' healing of the Paralytic in Matthew 9 teaches us many things about man's biggest problem, about the corporate nature of the Church's service to the sinner, and about the Lord's authority to forgive sins.
8/1/202223 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Worries of the 5th Century

The mid-5th century was a time of chaos, war, poverty, decay, and destruction, but the one concern of the Church was an abbott named Eutyches
7/20/20220
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The Worries of the 5th Century

The mid-5th century was a time of chaos, war, poverty, decay, and destruction, but the one concern of the Church was an abbott named Eutyches
7/20/202227 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Word of the Cross: Three Stages

Fr. Pat focuses his attention on that which Saint Paul calls “of primary importance” for us to learn both from the saint’s words and from his life experience.
7/13/20220
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Can Any Good Come Out of Nazareth?

Using as a jumping-off point the Parable of the Vineyard in Matthew 21, Fr. Pat asks the same question asked by Nathaniel in John 1.
7/13/20220
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Servants, Fellow Servants, Brothers

What sort of life we live is determined by who we think we are. If we are servants of God, that means that not one of us belongs to himself. His time, his energy, his resources, all belong to the King that he serves.
7/12/20220
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To Walk Under the Direct Gaze of God

The call placed on every man’s life is to walk under the direct gaze of God. And the joy of heaven consists of gazing upon the transfigured face of Christ, and going from glory to glory, as much as we are able to bear.
7/11/20220
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How to Approach Jesus

Fr. Pat shows us how the Roman centurion who comes to Jesus for healing for his servant can be a model to us of how to approach Jesus. The text is Matthew 8:5-13.
7/5/20220
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How to Approach Jesus

Fr. Pat shows us how the Roman centurion who comes to Jesus for healing for his servant can be a model to us of how to approach Jesus. The text is Matthew 8:5-13.
7/5/202219 minutes, 28 seconds
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Three Apostolic Modifiers

Fr. Pat reflects upon the Apostolic Office by means of three adjectives, which, when considered, can greatly enrich our understanding of the apostles, and can deepen our own relationship with Christ.
6/30/20220
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Jesus Calls the First Students

Being a disciple, a student of Christ, is very serious business. Fr. Pat discusses what it means to have Christ as a teacher.
6/30/20220
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Marriage, Faith, and Creed

In a homily delivered on Pentecost Sunday 2010, Fr. Pat offers reflections on the Orthodox wedding service, the Holy Spirit, faith, and the Creed.
6/13/20220
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Marriage, Faith, and Creed

In a homily delivered on Pentecost Sunday 2010, Fr. Pat offers reflections on the Orthodox wedding service, the Holy Spirit, faith, and the Creed.
6/12/202218 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Moral Structure of the World

Fr. Pat explores the question, "What makes something evil?”
6/5/202217 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Moral Structure of the World

Fr. Pat explores the question, "What makes something evil?”
6/5/20220
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A Once For All Witness

The institution of the Twelve Apostles is the link between the Church and the Resurrection of Christ. Fr. Pat preaches from Acts 1:15-26. This homily was given April 2, 2015.
5/17/20220
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A Once For All Witness

The institution of the Twelve Apostles is the link between the Church and the Resurrection of Christ. Fr. Pat preaches from Acts 1:15-26. This homily was given April 2, 2015.
5/17/20229 minutes, 50 seconds
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Mary of Bethany

Mary of Bethany appears in the gospels of St. Luke and St. John, and in both books she stands as a point of contrast with someone else. Fr. Pat's brief meditation on these contrasts was given at Bridegroom Matins on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
5/11/20220
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Mary of Bethany

Mary of Bethany appears in the gospels of St. Luke and St. John, and in both books she stands as a point of contrast with someone else. Fr. Pat's brief meditation on these contrasts was given at Bridegroom Matins on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
5/11/202210 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Reality of the Risen Christ

In this homily given on St. Thomas Sunday, 2012, Fr. Pat examines three subjects related to the resurrection of Christ our Lord.
5/4/20220
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The Reality of the Risen Christ

In this homily given on St. Thomas Sunday, 2012, Fr. Pat examines three subjects related to the resurrection of Christ our Lord.
5/4/202223 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Embodiment of Our Memory

Fr. Pat offers reflections on baptism and the Creed. This homily was given on Great and Holy Saturday,
4/29/20220
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The Embodiment of Our Memory

Fr. Pat offers reflections on baptism and the Creed. This homily was given on Great and Holy Saturday,
4/29/202219 minutes, 46 seconds
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This Messes Up All of Our Statistics

In the Holy Communion, there is a change of substance. The bread and the wine have been transformed. We receive into our flesh the risen power of Christ.
4/6/20220
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The God of Cash Value

Is the god we’re worshipping actually the God of the Bible? Or are we worshiping the benevolent, optimistic, political, social, economic god of contemporary American culture? Because the worship of a false god is worse than the worship of no god.
4/6/20220
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Spiritual Paralysis

On the Sunday of the Paralytic, Fr. Pat reflects upon a most pernicious kind of paralysis—the spiritual kind.
4/6/20220
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The Cross: Our Healing, Victory, and Peace

Fr. Pat's homily delivered on the Sunday of the Holy Cross, 2008.
3/30/20220
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The Cross: Our Healing, Victory, and Peace

Fr. Pat's homily delivered on the Sunday of the Holy Cross, 2008.
3/30/202225 minutes, 19 seconds
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The Evangelization of the Theotokos

The heart of Feast of the Annunciation is evangelism in its most perfect reception, by a Woman who hears and believes the proclamation of the Gospel.
3/25/20220
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The Evangelization of the Theotokos

The heart of Feast of the Annunciation is evangelism in its most perfect reception, by a Woman who hears and believes the proclamation of the Gospel.
3/25/202213 minutes, 12 seconds
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Two Aspects of Forgiveness

Fr. Pat's homily from Forgiveness Vespers 2012.
3/10/20220
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Two Aspects of Forgiveness

Fr. Pat's homily from Forgiveness Vespers 2012.
3/10/202225 minutes, 1 second
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Judgment, Renewal, Image

On the Sunday of the Last Judgment, Fr. Pat preaches from Matthew 25:31-46.
3/3/20220
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Judgment, Renewal, Image

On the Sunday of the Last Judgment, Fr. Pat preaches from Matthew 25:31-46.
3/3/202220 minutes, 17 seconds
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Man’s Metaphysical Homesickness

Fr. Pat preaches on the story of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15.
2/24/202232 minutes, 54 seconds
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Man's Metaphysical Homesickness

Fr. Pat preaches on the story of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15.
2/24/20220
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The Door, the Shepherd, the Voice

Fr. Pat considers three aspects of what St. Paul calls "the mind of Christ"; three ways in which Christ thought of himself with respect to us.
2/18/20220
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The Three Thieves

We are all familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Fr. Pat looks at persons from this story seldom, if ever, considered: the thieves who set the events in motion.
2/18/20220
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The Contrite Heart

Fr. Pat preaches on the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican found in Luke 18.
2/17/20220
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The Contrite Heart

Fr. Pat preaches on the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican found in Luke 18.
2/17/202225 minutes, 8 seconds
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We Eat the Crumbs that Have Fallen from His Table

Fr. Pat preaches from Matthew 15:21-28, the encounter of Jesus with the Canaanite woman.
2/10/20220
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We Eat the Crumbs that Have Fallen from His Table

Fr. Pat preaches from Matthew 15:21-28, the encounter of Jesus with the Canaanite woman.
2/10/202221 minutes, 34 seconds
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On the way of the Cross

Fr. Pat preaches from Luke 18:35-43, the story of the blind beggar of Jericho whom Jesus heals
1/26/20220
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On the way of the Cross

Fr. Pat preaches from Luke 18:35-43, the story of the blind beggar of Jericho whom Jesus heals
1/26/202223 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Anger of God and the Cross of Christ

When Holy Scripture speaks of the sacrifice of the cross in connection with God's anger, it is invariably in terms of deliverance; it has nothing to do with placating that anger. Fr. Pat addresses St. Anselm's theory of the Atonement.
1/19/20220
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The Life of Grace

Preaching from Luke 17 (The Healing of the Ten Lepers), Fr. Pat examines what it is to have a Christian perspective toward the world.
1/19/20220
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The Life of Grace

Preaching from Luke 17 (The Healing of the Ten Lepers), Fr. Pat examines what it is to have a Christian perspective toward the world.
1/19/202214 minutes, 26 seconds
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The Meaning of the Cross

In this homily given on the Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Fr. Pat looks at what death means to the Christian.
1/16/20220
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How to Be Like God

When, in Matthew 18, Jesus instructs us to be merciful as the Heavenly Father is merciful, he is telling us how to partake of the life of God; how to arrive at theosis.
1/14/20220
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In the Desert, On the Mountain, and By the Waterside

Fr. Pat preaches on the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness as told in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 4.
1/13/20220
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In the Desert, On the Mountain, and By the Waterside

Fr. Pat preaches on the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness as told in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 4.
1/13/202223 minutes, 10 seconds
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The True Isaac and The Suffering Servant

When at His baptism the Father speaks of Jesus as his "Beloved Son", declaring Him "well-pleased", the expression would have evoked in the mind of Jesus and anyone else who heard them two Biblical texts with which Jesus Himself was already familiar from the years of study in the synagogue.
1/7/20220
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The True Isaac and The Suffering Servant

When at His baptism the Father speaks of Jesus as his "Beloved Son", declaring Him "well-pleased", the expression would have evoked in the mind of Jesus and anyone else who heard them two Biblical texts with which Jesus Himself was already familiar from the years of study in the synagogue.
1/7/202211 minutes, 59 seconds
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And Leave the Rest to God

Fr. Pat looks at God’s providence with respect to three things: our sin, the moral order, and our conduct.
1/1/20220
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God Brings Good Out of Evil

In Romans 8 Paul asserts that God causes all things to work for good to those who love him. Fr. Pat examines this thesis in regards to general history, in the lives of individuals, and in the life of Christ, the supreme example of this.
12/31/20210
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The Fourth Apostle

Fr. Pat preaches on the Apostle Andrew, whose feast day is November 30. He gave this homily on November 30, 2014.
12/31/20210
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A Paradigm For the Christian Calling

The calling of the first four apostles gives us a model of the calling each of us receives from Christ. Fr. Pat looks at three qualities of this calling.
12/22/20210
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The Covenant

Holy Scripture uses three verbs in relation to the making of a covenant. In this homily from Palm Sunday, Fr. Pat explores these three Hebrew words.
12/22/20210
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The Cross and the Christian Family

Christ died for each of us personally, but he also died for families; and the context of the family is often the locus in our experience of the Cross. Fr. Pat considers three individuals whom Jesus loves as a family: Lazarus, Mary, and Martha.
12/21/20210
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Phoenicia, the Woman, and the Children's Bread

Jesus' encounter with the Syrophoenician woman as recounted by Matthew (chapter 15) has much to teach us when we consider Phoenicia's history, the woman herself, and the meaning of the children's bread.
12/21/20210
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The Affirmation of Our Hope

The season of Advent is not only a time when we prepare for the Feast of Christ's Birth; it is also the season in which we reflect more directly on the Second Coming of Christ. In this homily from 2009, Fr. Pat preaches from Colossians 3:4-11 about the Hope that is within us.
12/16/20210
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The Affirmation of Our Hope

The season of Advent is not only a time when we prepare for the Feast of Christ's Birth; it is also the season in which we reflect more directly on the Second Coming of Christ. In this homily from 2009, Fr. Pat preaches from Colossians 3:4-11 about the Hope that is within us.
12/16/202116 minutes, 58 seconds
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Stand Upright and Gaze at the Stars

Fr. Pat preaches from Luke 13:10-17, the story of Jesus healing a crippled woman on the Sabbath. This homily was given on December 4, 2014
12/6/20210
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Stand Upright and Gaze at the Stars

Fr. Pat preaches from Luke 13:10-17, the story of Jesus healing a crippled woman on the Sabbath. This homily was given on December 4, 2014
12/6/202126 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Fourth Apostle

Fr. Pat preaches on the Apostle Andrew, whose feast day is November 30. He gave this homily on November 30, 2014.
11/29/202122 minutes, 18 seconds
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Living Between Two Events

The Parable of the Talents is often used as a reminder to be the best you can be. It's really about the structure of history and the Lordship of Jesus.
11/27/20210
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Three Psychological Vices

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon warns us about three things which impede our ability to walk worthy of the vocation with which we have been called.
11/26/20210
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How Are We to Live?

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon discusses Paul’s response to the Gentile converts in Galatia being compelled by Jewish Christian teachers to live according to Jewish customs.
11/25/20210
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God Is Pleased When We Give Thanks

A meditation on Thanksgiving from Fr. Pat, given in 2008.
11/23/20210
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God Is Pleased When We Give Thanks

A meditation on Thanksgiving from Fr. Pat, given in 2008.
11/23/20219 minutes, 47 seconds
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Thinking Ahead — But Not Far Enough

Fr. Pat preaches on the Parable of the Rich Fool found in Luke 12:16-21.
11/19/20210
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Thinking Ahead — But Not Far Enough

Fr. Pat preaches on the Parable of the Rich Fool found in Luke 12:16-21.
11/19/202116 minutes, 58 seconds
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A Celebration of Spiritual Warfare

Fr. Pat takes a closer look at the true meaning of Hanukkah.
11/9/20210
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The Encyclopedia and the Self

Preaching from Luke 8:41-56, Fr. Pat considers what is important to know.
11/9/20210
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The Encyclopedia and the Self

Preaching from Luke 8:41-56, Fr. Pat considers what is important to know.
11/9/202124 minutes, 19 seconds
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Failure and Triumph

11/8/20210
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Spirit Bearing Jesus

11/8/20210
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Becoming a Christian

11/8/20210
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Faith in Jesus, the Son of God

11/8/20210
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The Virgin Mary

11/8/20210
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For God so Loved the World

11/8/20210
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The Judgment of God

11/8/20210
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The Church is a Living Organism

11/8/20210
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Follow Me

11/8/20210
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Ascension

11/8/20210
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Lazarus and Death

11/8/20210
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Final Touches

11/8/20210
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Abraham's Obedience

11/8/20210
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The Resurrection-Essence of Gospel

11/8/20210
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Holy Unction-Healing and Forgiveness

11/8/20210
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Simple Eye

11/8/20210
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Devout Centurion

The account of the devout centurion that appears in both Matthew and Luke, but not in Mark, and obviously it is Matthew's version that we are considering today. The centurion serves as a model, I believe, for how Christ our Lord is to be approached, unless Christ our Lord is to be approached as a figment of our own imagination or simply as a projection of what we want out of religion.
11/8/20210
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Being In Christ

11/8/20210
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Avoiding Insanity

11/8/20210
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Confusion of Light and Darkness

11/8/20210
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Mystery of Divine Touch

11/8/20210
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Jonah

11/8/20210
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Approaching Christ

11/8/20210
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The Body of Christ

11/8/20210
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God As Creator

11/8/20210
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Humility

11/8/20210
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Son and Heir

11/8/20210
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Resurrection and the Burning Bush

11/8/20210
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Restoration to Real Life

11/8/20210
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Sanctification of Time

11/8/20210
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Veneration of Icons

11/8/20210
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Abraham

11/8/20210
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Spirit of Pentecost

11/8/20210
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Transfiguration

11/8/20210
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The Cross-Hope, Transformation, Warning

11/8/20210
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Presentation of Our Lady

11/8/20210
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Failure, Inquiry, Faith

11/8/20210
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Nature, History, Redemption - Nativity 2006

11/8/20210
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The Gift of Christ

11/8/20210
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Practical Deism

11/8/20210
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Conflict in the Early Church

11/8/20210
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Parable Themes from Matthew

11/8/20210
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The Dead in Christ

11/8/20210
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Chalcedonian Christology

11/5/20210
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Agape

11/5/20210
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Do Re Mi and John the Baptist

11/5/20210
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The Significance of the Apostles

11/5/20210
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Father Knows Best

11/5/20210
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First Assembly of God

11/5/20210
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The Myrrh-bearing Women

11/5/20210
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The Spirit of Pentecost

11/5/20210
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Jesus Brought to the Temple

11/5/20210
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Resurrection: Past, Future and Now

11/5/20210
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Ancient Sarah

11/5/20210
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Lessons From the Paralytic

11/5/20210
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Priority, Obedience and the Physical Nature of Salvation

11/5/20210
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The Proclamation of John the Baptist

11/5/20210
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Preservation of Memory

11/5/20210
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Repentance in the Desert

11/5/20210
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Qualities of Christian Love

11/5/20210
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Melchizedek

11/5/20210
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Passion and Justification

11/5/20210
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Panic

11/5/20210
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The Light of Creation

11/5/20210
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Models for Lent

11/5/20210
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Mystery of Creation

11/5/20210
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Meet Him at the Well

11/5/20210
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Life in the Church, Forgiveness

11/5/20210
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Maintenance of The Life In Christ

11/5/20210
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Lent-What God Does For Us

11/5/20210
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Lent-Preparing Catechumens

11/5/20210
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Lazarus, Joanna, Matthew

11/5/20210
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Justification By Faith

11/5/20210
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Intercessory Prayer

11/5/20210
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Holy Week - The Cross

11/5/20210
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Holy Week-Christ Our Friend

11/5/20210
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The Humanity of Jesus

11/5/20210
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Response to Jesus' Prophecy

11/5/20210
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For the Peace from Above

In the petitions of the Great Litany, we begin by asking "for the peace from above and for the salvation of our souls." Only after we have asked for this peace do we ask "for the peace of the whole world." Christ is the source of our peace, and the only possible source of peace for the whole world.
11/4/20210
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Joy, Peace, and Thought (Philippians 4)

On Palm Sunday, at the beginning of this saddest of weeks, St. Paul exhorts us, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice."
11/4/20210
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The Resurrection and Human History (Acts of the Apostles)

Throughout the Paschal season, the Church reads from the Acts of the Apostles, a history book, in place of the Epistles during the Divine Liturgy. In this homily for Pascha, Fr. Pat asks, "What does the resurrection of Christ mean to human history?" (7:57)
11/4/20210
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The Name of Jesus (Acts 5:12-30)

The book of Acts teaches us about the name of Jesus as spoken to God, as spoken to our fellow men, and as spoken to demons.
11/4/20210
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The Sunday of the Blind Man (John 9:1-38)

With the coming of the Light, there are three responses: that of the Pharisees, that of the parents of the blind man, and that of the blind man himself.
11/4/20210
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What Happens at Baptism?

When we are baptized, we are made a child of God, a member of the body of Christ, and a temple of the Holy Spirit.
11/4/20210
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Joseph of Arimathea

Joseph, in taking responsibility for burying Jesus, could no longer keep it secret. His assumption of that responsibility represented the resolve to make the commitment public.
11/4/20210
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The Life of the Early Church: Affection, Humor, Friendship

11/4/20210
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Peter and Jacob

11/4/20210
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Testing and Faith (Matt. 17:14-23)

11/4/20210
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The Church, Man, and Forgiveness (Matt 18:23-35)

11/4/20210
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Nicodemus and Jesus (John 3:13-17)

11/4/20210
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Fishermen and Their Nets (Luke 5:1-11)

11/4/20210
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The Christian Life in Three Tenses (Romans 5)

11/4/20210
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The Redemption of History (Eph. 2:4-10)

11/4/20210
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Christ, the End of the Law (Rom. 10:1-10)

11/4/20210
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Personal Loyalties (1 Cor 1:10-17)

11/4/20210
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Christian Basics (1 Cor. 16:13-24)

11/4/20210
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Luke the Historian

11/4/20210
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John the Baptist (Mark 1:1-8)

11/4/20210
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A Ghostwritten Life - St. Anthony of Egypt

11/4/20210
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Sacred Grammar (2 Tim. 3:10-15)

11/4/20210
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The Holiness of the Christian Body (1 Cor. 6:12-20)

11/4/20210
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Judge, Brother, Teacher

A homily on Matthew 25:31-46
11/4/20210
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Beginning Lent (Romans 13:11-14:4)

11/4/20210
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The Bearers of the Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12)

11/4/20210
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New Lifestyle or New Life?

What difference does the message of the resurrection make in the thinking and actual lives of those who believe it?
11/4/20210
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The Special Group and the Special People in It

The Myrrh-Bearing Women
11/4/20210
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Mark Grows Up (Acts 15:36-40)

11/4/20210
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Spiritual Sunspots (Acts 5:1-11)

Ananias and Sapphira's blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
11/4/20210
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Holiness and History (Hebrews 11:33-12:2)

Holiness is concrete, corporate participation in Christ's life.
11/4/20210
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Three Points of Christology (Romans 5:1-11)

Romans 5:1-11
11/4/20210
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Freedom (Romans 6:18-23)

11/4/20210
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The Dialectical Structure of History (Romans 10:1-10)

Every summer, my brothers and sisters, in either late June or early July we listen to the first ten verses of Romans 10. This text appears near the middle of Paul's analysis of the dialectical structure of history, which is the subject of Romans 9-11.
11/4/20210
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The Qualities of Christian Love (Romans 12:6-14)

11/4/20210
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The Human Soul Confronting the World (2 Cor. 4:6-15)

11/4/20210
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The Cross and the Flesh (Gal. 6:11-18)

11/4/20210
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Dedicated Lives (The Presentation of the Theotokos)

Fr. Pat contrasts the childhood dedication and life of Mary with that of Hannibal.
11/4/20210
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En Garde! (Ephesians 6:10-17)

Putting on the panoply, the full armor of God.
11/4/20210
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Who is Jesus? (Mark 1:1-8)

Jesus is our Holy One, our Mediator, and our Brother.
11/4/20210
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To Each and To All (Eph. 4:7-13)

11/4/20210
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It's Not Over ‘Til It's Over

We imagine that life is like football or basketball. You play until the clock runs out. But life is not like that at all. There is no set time for the clock to run out that you know about.
11/4/20210
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Both Sides of the Icons

Fr. Pat considers the case for iconoclasm, for the veneration of icons, and the settling of the issue.
11/4/20210
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The Church: An Audacious Group of Roof Climbers

Mark 2:1-12
11/4/20210
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A Selective Memory

Most of the sources in Holy Scripture, and most emphatically the Psalms, look upon Israel's time in the desert as a period of unmitigated tragedy. Israel was consistently unfaithful. However, the prophets Hosea and Jeremiah chose to see things differently, which is a source of strength and consolation for us today.
11/4/202117 minutes
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A Selective Memory

Most of the sources in Holy Scripture, and most emphatically the Psalms, look upon Israel's time in the desert as a period of unmitigated tragedy. Israel was consistently unfaithful. However, the prophets Hosea and Jeremiah chose to see things differently, which is a source of strength and consolation for us today.
11/1/20210
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A Matter of Progresssion—or Regression

Preaching on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), Fr. Pat urges us to always maintain a proper perspective.
11/1/20210
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A Matter of Progresssion—or Regression

Preaching on the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), Fr. Pat urges us to always maintain a proper perspective.
11/1/202119 minutes, 31 seconds
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A Reliable Barometer

In this vesperal homily, Fr. Pat preaches from 1 John 2:1-6, about the true blessed assurance of our salvation.
10/25/20210
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A Reliable Barometer

In this vesperal homily, Fr. Pat preaches from 1 John 2:1-6, about the true blessed assurance of our salvation.
10/25/202110 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Value of Discussion

Fr. Pat preaches from Numbers 32:1-27.
10/21/20210
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The Value of Discussion

Fr. Pat preaches from Numbers 32:1-27.
10/21/202113 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Discipline of Memory

Last week a former vice-president and now presidential candidate said on the campaign trail, "We choose science over fiction; we choose truth over facts.” Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon reflects upon truth vs. facts, and the role memory plays in this.
9/22/20210
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The Mystery of the Incarnation

Fr. Pat argues that the doctrine of the Incarnation must dominate anthropology.
9/14/20210
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The Living Center

Fr. Pat compares the march of the Israelites through the desert, the Church’s march through history, and the Christian's daily walk.
9/6/20210
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Faith and the Soul

On the Sunday of the Holy Cross, when Jesus asks us “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Fr. Pat shares reflections on faith and its relationship to the soul.
7/26/20210
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Catching Up With Joseph

Fr. Pat looks at the life and character of Joseph the Betrothed: a model of God, and another David.
7/2/20210
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Holiness as Gift, Perfection, and Struggle

On the Sunday of All Saints Fr. Pat looks at three aspects of Christian holiness.
6/29/20210
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Son of Encouragement

Preaching from Acts 4:32-37, Fr. Pat takes a closer look at the Apostle Barnabas.
6/8/20210
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Son of Encouragement

Preaching from Acts 4:32-37, Fr. Pat takes a closer look at the Apostle Barnabas.
6/8/20219 minutes, 54 seconds
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As Though It Were Our Last

On Forgiveness Sunday and the start of Great Lent, Fr. Pat encourages us to rededicate ourselves to a serious life of prayer.
5/24/20210
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An Eminently Honorable Man

Fr. Pat takes a closer look at Rabbi Gamaliel, teacher of St. Paul, and at Gamaliel’s advice to the Sanhedrin concerning how to deal with the Apostles, who in disobedience to the Sanhedrin would not stop teaching in Jesus’ name.
5/20/20210
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An Eminently Honorable Man

Fr. Pat takes a closer look at Rabbi Gamaliel, teacher of St. Paul, and at Gamaliel’s advice to the Sanhedrin concerning how to deal with the Apostles, who in disobedience to the Sanhedrin would not stop teaching in Jesus’ name.
5/20/202119 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Task of the Church

In this homily from Agape Vespers 2021, Fr. Pat explains how the task of the Church is to share with the world the message of the Cross; not as an abstraction, but as something they can reach out and feel.
5/9/20210
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The Task of the Church

In this homily from Agape Vespers 2021, Fr. Pat explains how the task of the Church is to share with the world the message of the Cross; not as an abstraction, but as something they can reach out and feel.
5/9/20218 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Fact and the Dogma of Creation

The idea that all things came from God the Father was an idea that fell on the Greco-Roman intellectual world with the force of a bomb. It still does. Fr. Pat preaches from 1 Corinthians 8:6.
4/29/20210
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The Cross and the Heart

In this Palm Sunday homily, Fr. Pat looks briefly into the testimony of three spokesmen for the apostolic memory with respect to the passion and death of Christ.
4/26/20210
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The Cross and the Heart

In this Palm Sunday homily, Fr. Pat looks briefly into the testimony of three spokesmen for the apostolic memory with respect to the passion and death of Christ.
4/26/202123 minutes, 8 seconds
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Baptism and the Eucharistic Cup

On the 5th Sunday of Lent, Fr. Pat preaches on the request by James and John from Mark 10: "Grant us to sit, one at Thy right hand and one at Thy left, in Thy glory.”
4/23/20210
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Baptism and the Eucharistic Cup

On the 5th Sunday of Lent, Fr. Pat preaches on the request by James and John from Mark 10: "Grant us to sit, one at Thy right hand and one at Thy left, in Thy glory.”
4/23/202126 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Experience of Faith: Three Observations

In this homily preached the fourth Sunday of Great Lent 2014, Fr. Pat looks at the story from Mark 9 of Jesus driving a demon out of a young boy, and makes three observations of what this story teaches about faith.
4/16/20210
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The Experience of Faith: Three Observations

In this homily preached the fourth Sunday of Great Lent 2014, Fr. Pat looks at the story from Mark 9 of Jesus driving a demon out of a young boy, and makes three observations of what this story teaches about faith.
4/16/202131 minutes, 4 seconds
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In the Days of His Flesh

A meditation on Christ’s humanity for the Third Sunday of Lent; the Scripture readings are Mark 8:34-9:1 and Hebrews 4:14-5:10. Fr. Pat preached this sermon in 2011.
4/7/20210
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In the Days of His Flesh

A meditation on Christ’s humanity for the Third Sunday of Lent; the Scripture readings are Mark 8:34-9:1 and Hebrews 4:14-5:10. Fr. Pat preached this sermon in 2011.
4/7/202126 minutes, 38 seconds
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Elijah on Two Different Mountains

Fr. Pat preaches from 1 Kings 18:42-19:18, about Elijah, who, after his fearless encounter with the priests of Baal, is now isolated and filled with self-pity.
4/2/20210
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Elijah on Two Different Mountains

Fr. Pat preaches from 1 Kings 18:42-19:18, about Elijah, who, after his fearless encounter with the priests of Baal, is now isolated and filled with self-pity.
4/2/202119 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Mission of the Holy Spirit

In this homily from Pentecost Sunday, Fr. Pat reflects with us on three points about the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in our lives.
3/30/20210
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Two Oracles

Fr. Pat preaches from Isaiah 2:1-9, in which Isaiah delivers two oracles: the first about the ideal Jerusalem which is to come and the second about the actual Jerusalem which exists in Isaiah’s time.
3/26/20210
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Two Oracles

Fr. Pat preaches from Isaiah 2:1-9, in which Isaiah delivers two oracles: the first about the ideal Jerusalem which is to come and the second about the actual Jerusalem which exists in Isaiah’s time.
3/26/202113 minutes, 23 seconds
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As Though It Were Our Last

On Forgiveness Sunday and the start of Great Lent, Fr. Pat encourages us to rededicate ourselves to a serious life of prayer.
3/17/202129 minutes, 2 seconds
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Two Champions of Prayer

Fr. Pat offers pre-Lenten reflections on Hanna, the mother of Samuel and Anna the Prophetess.
3/11/20210
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Two Champions of Prayer

Fr. Pat offers pre-Lenten reflections on Hanna, the mother of Samuel and Anna the Prophetess.
3/11/202115 minutes, 44 seconds
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Then and Now: Isaiah's Times and Today

In this meditation on Isiah 1:16-31, Fr. Pat reflects upon the Bible’s prophetic voice on behalf of the poor.
3/4/20210
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Then and Now: Isaiah’s Times and Today

In this meditation on Isiah 1:16-31, Fr. Pat reflects upon the Bible’s prophetic voice on behalf of the poor.
3/4/202112 minutes, 16 seconds
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Religious Infidelity

Fr. Pat preaches from Isaiah 1:1-15. This homily was given at Vespers on November 13, 2010.
2/28/20210
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Religious Infidelity

Fr. Pat preaches from Isaiah 1:1-15. This homily was given at Vespers on November 13, 2010.
2/28/202117 minutes, 8 seconds
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Resistance to the Holy Cross

The Cross is the key to unlocking God’s will for us in every stage of our lives. But at every stage, we may find ourselves resistant to the word of the Cross. And just when we imagine we have grasped what it means to be a Christian, we discover, perhaps with shock, that we’ve hardly begun.
2/21/20210
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The Anthropology of the Last Judgment

What is there about the human being that must be said if we are to take the Last Judgment seriously? Fr. Pat explores this question.
2/20/20210
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Birthright and Repentance

Fr. Pat contrasts the Prodigal Son and Esau, and offers thoughts on the mystery of repentance.
2/19/20210
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Moses Strikes the Rock

In this meditation from a vespers service in January of 2010, Fr. Pat looks at Numbers 20, in which the people of Israel complain to Moses about their situation.
2/5/20210
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Moses Strikes the Rock

In this meditation from a vespers service in January of 2010, Fr. Pat looks at Numbers 20, in which the people of Israel complain to Moses about their situation.
2/5/202113 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Two Hands of God

Israel recognized no possibility of conflict between God’s will fixed in the Torah and the more fluid guidance He provided in the cloud and the pillar. Fr. Pat offers reflections from Numbers Chapter 9.
1/28/20210
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The Two Hands of God

Israel recognized no possibility of conflict between God’s will fixed in the Torah and the more fluid guidance He provided in the cloud and the pillar. Fr. Pat offers reflections from Numbers Chapter 9.
1/28/202110 minutes, 35 seconds
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Life, Death, and Hope

We bear within our very flesh the hope of which the Apostle Paul speaks; therefore there is going to be something very fleshly about our transformation. Fr. Pat preaches from Colossians 3.
1/15/20210
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Life, Death, and Hope

We bear within our very flesh the hope of which the Apostle Paul speaks; therefore there is going to be something very fleshly about our transformation. Fr. Pat preaches from Colossians 3.
1/15/202123 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Event of the Incarnation

Strictly speaking, the Orthodox Church does not celebrate doctrines, it celebrates events. On this homily given on the Sunday before Theophany, Fr Pat considers the event of Jesus's Incarnation.
1/7/20210
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The Event of the Incarnation

Strictly speaking, the Orthodox Church does not celebrate doctrines, it celebrates events. On this homily given on the Sunday before Theophany, Fr Pat considers the event of Jesus's Incarnation.
1/7/202119 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Cave, the Calendar, and the Curriculum

The Christian faith is based on an event that took place in a specific place at a specific time in history; God instructs us through history, and we are to be learners. Fr. Pat gave this homily on Christmas Eve several years ago.
12/29/20200
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The Cave, the Calendar, and the Curriculum

The Christian faith is based on an event that took place in a specific place at a specific time in history; God instructs us through history, and we are to be learners. Fr. Pat gave this homily on Christmas Eve several years ago.
12/29/202016 minutes, 18 seconds
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For Unto Us a Child is Born

Isaiah's prophetic vision of a Child, a son of David who was to come and Who would be God with us, Immanuel.
12/22/20200
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For Unto Us a Child is Born

Isaiah's prophetic vision of a Child, a son of David who was to come and Who would be God with us, Immanuel.
12/22/202016 minutes, 7 seconds
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A Celebration of Spiritual Warfare

Fr. Pat takes a closer look at the true meaning of Hanukkah.
12/15/202015 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Visible Revelation of the Father

The bishops at the Seventh Ecumenical Council reasoned that the legitimacy, indeed, the necessity of icons in the church was an organic inference from the thesis that God became visible in the Man Jesus of Nazareth. Fr. Pat gave this homily on The Sunday of Orthodoxy, 2020.
12/8/20200
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The Visible Revelation of the Father

The bishops at the Seventh Ecumenical Council reasoned that the legitimacy, indeed, the necessity of icons in the church was an organic inference from the thesis that God became visible in the Man Jesus of Nazareth. Fr. Pat gave this homily on The Sunday of Orthodoxy, 2020.
12/8/202023 minutes, 56 seconds
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At the Gate of the City

A look at the journey of the human race as such, the meaning of the incarnation, and the fulfillment of the great promise of Israel’s prophets.
11/26/20200
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A Meditation About Scheduling

We all have schedules and agendas, and we’re mindful of our own and of those with whom we interact. Using stories from the Gospels and Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, Fr. Pat considers with us God's schedules and hidden agenda.
11/26/20200
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Judgment and a Fallen People

Matthew 25:31-46, the Gospel passage for the Sunday of the Last Judgment, is about the judgment of history, meaning the judgment to which history itself will be subjected. Fr. Pat delivered this homily on February 23, 2020.
11/18/20200
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Vital Instincts

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the grace of God comes into the soul and transforms it. Fr. Pat gives three major examples of the Holy Spirit’s transformation of our instinctual human capacities.
11/18/20200
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Three Features of the Life in Christ

Throughout the book of Ephesians (and elsewhere) the Apostle Paul uses the phrase “in Christ.” Based on Ephesians 5:8-19, Fr. Pat looks at some practical ways to live a life in Christ.
10/23/20200
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The Danger is Not an Armed Guard

Mark’s account of the Lord’s questions about baptism and the cup (Mark 10:32-45) are especially poignant for the Christians at Rome, who are thereby instructed about an important dimension of their own participation in the sacraments.
10/10/20200
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The Trial in the Wilderness

The story of Israel’s forty years wandering in the desert became a Rabbinic paradigm for the interpretation of the whole history of Israel, and carries over into the Desert Fathers of the Church. “Harden not your heart….as in the day of temptation in the wilderness” is a major motif. The story became an ascetical model for the early Christians, and is to this very day. Fr. Pat speaks to this topic.
7/7/20200
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The Trial in the Wilderness

The story of Israel’s forty years wandering in the desert became a Rabbinic paradigm for the interpretation of the whole history of Israel, and carries over into the Desert Fathers of the Church. “Harden not your heart….as in the day of temptation in the wilderness” is a major motif. The story became an ascetical model for the early Christians, and is to this very day. Fr. Pat speaks to this topic.
7/7/202031 minutes, 36 seconds
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Conscience and the Word of God

The very fact that God designed the Bible for the purpose of penetrating the human conscience indicates an intentional affinity between the two. Preaching from Romans 2:10-16 and Matthew 4:18-23, Fr. Pat instructs us on man's conscience.
6/30/20200
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Conscience and the Word of God

The very fact that God designed the Bible for the purpose of penetrating the human conscience indicates an intentional affinity between the two. Preaching from Romans 2:10-16 and Matthew 4:18-23, Fr. Pat instructs us on man's conscience.
6/30/202026 minutes, 26 seconds
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Judgment and a Fallen People

Matthew 25:31-46, the Gospel passage for the Sunday of the Last Judgment, is about the judgment of history, meaning the judgment to which history itself will be subjected. Fr. Pat delivered this homily on February 23, 2020.
6/22/202026 minutes, 5 seconds
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Three Qualities of Holiness

In the Bible, the designation “saint” is not restricted to those who are already in Glory. Rather, it designates all those who are in Christ, no matter how much their lives may need improvement. On the Feast of All Saints, Fr. Pat delves into this topic for our edification.
6/15/20200
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Three Qualities of Holiness

In the Bible, the designation “saint” is not restricted to those who are already in Glory. Rather, it designates all those who are in Christ, no matter how much their lives may need improvement. On the Feast of All Saints, Fr. Pat delves into this topic for our edification.
6/15/202021 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Holy Spirit and the Gift of Speech

On the Feast of Pentecost, Fr. Pat compares events in the book of Genesis with the events in Acts 2.
6/12/20200
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The Holy Spirit and the Gift of Speech

On the Feast of Pentecost, Fr. Pat compares events in the book of Genesis with the events in Acts 2.
6/12/202024 minutes, 34 seconds
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Three Scenes in Church History

On the Sunday of the Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, Fr. Pat preaches from John 17 and Acts 20.
6/7/20200
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Three Scenes in Church History

On the Sunday of the Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, Fr. Pat preaches from John 17 and Acts 20.
6/7/202026 minutes, 8 seconds
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Three Aspects of Philosophy

The story of Jesus healing the man born blind in John 9 provides the context for Fr. Pat's reflections on epistemology, anthropology, and history.
5/31/20200
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Three Wolves

St. Paul warned the Ephesian elders in Acts 20 that fierce wolves would come to draw men away from the flock. Fr. Pat considers three of these wolves, that challenge us today just as they challenged the early Church.
5/31/20200
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Three Verbs at the Pool

In a sermon given on the Sunday of the Paralytic, Fr. Pat preaches on this healing told in John 5:1-15.
5/23/20200
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Three Verbs at the Pool

In a sermon given on the Sunday of the Paralytic, Fr. Pat preaches on this healing told in John 5:1-15.
5/23/202012 minutes, 22 seconds
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Stargazers: The Cultivation of a Devout Mind

In this reflection, Fr. Pat considers what we have to learn from those in the Nativity story who look into the sky and ponder the moon and the stars.
4/11/20200
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Incidental Features in the Story of the Prodigal Son

Rather than discussing the main themes from the story of the Prodigal Son, Fr. Pat examines features of the story not related to its central core, but nonetheless significant.
3/10/20200
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Incidental Features in the Story of the Prodigal Son

Rather than discussing the main themes from the story of the Prodigal Son, Fr. Pat examines features of the story not related to its central core, but nonetheless significant.
3/10/202024 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Seams of History

Fr. Pat preaches from 2 Timothy 3:10-15.
2/28/20200
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The Seams of History

Fr. Pat preaches from 2 Timothy 3:10-15.
2/28/202033 minutes, 17 seconds
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Reflections on Sacrifice

Fr. Pat's homily on the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord and Savior in the Temple.
2/21/20200
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Reflections on Sacrifice

Fr. Pat's homily on the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord and Savior in the Temple.
2/21/202023 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Moral Structure of Reality

Fr. Pat discusses the meaning of moral realism, the radical mercy of God, and Christ and His Cross.
2/17/20200
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The Moral Structure of Reality

Fr. Pat discusses the meaning of moral realism, the radical mercy of God, and Christ and His Cross.
2/17/202027 minutes
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Christ and the Forms of Worship

Fr. Pat's reflections on Luke 17:12-19, the cleansing of the ten lepers.
2/14/20200
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Man's Capacity For Light

On the Sunday after the Theophany, Fr. Pat preaches from Matthew 4:12-17.
2/14/20200
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Jesus' Baptism and Ours

On the feast of Theophany, Fr. Pat looks at the juxtaposition of two texts from Matthew: the baptism of Jesus in Chapter 3, and Jesus’ sending the apostles out to baptize others in Chapter 28.
2/14/20200
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The Children of God

In this homily given on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon reflects upon what makes us children of God.
2/14/20200
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Christ and the Forms of Worship

Fr. Pat's reflections on Luke 17:12-19, the cleansing of the ten lepers.
2/8/202022 minutes, 38 seconds
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Man’s Capacity For Light

On the Sunday after the Theophany, Fr. Pat preaches from Matthew 4:12-17.
2/5/202027 minutes, 46 seconds
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An Achievement and a Challenge

What exactly is the Sunday of Orthodoxy? Is it recognition of an achievement, or is it more than that? Fr. Pat explores the meaning of icons and the Triumph of Orthodoxy. This homily was preached in 2008.
1/20/20200
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The Gnostic Impulse

The metaphysics of Gnosticism represents a major threat to the Gospel, and is an enemy of the doctrine of the Incarnation. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon offers reflections on this.
1/11/20200
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Jesus’ Baptism and Ours

On the feast of Theophany, Fr. Pat looks at the juxtaposition of two texts from Matthew: the baptism of Jesus in Chapter 3, and Jesus’ sending the apostles out to baptize others in Chapter 28.
1/10/202014 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Place, the Process, and the Prayer

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon preaches from Luke 18:35-43, the story of the blind beggar who receives his sight.
1/6/20200
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Whatever Was Written

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon discusses a Christian reading of the Hebrew Scriptures.
1/6/20200
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Galatians and the Gospel

Paul’s letter to the Galatians is directly concerned with the meaning and the integrity of the Gospel. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon offers three points on Paul's words spoken against the loss or distortion of the very essence of the Gospel.
1/6/20200
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The Institutions of Witness

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon discusses three types of witness, with special focus on the witness we call “the faith once delivered to the saints.”
1/6/20200
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The Meaning of the City

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon reflects on the story of the Gadarene demoniac, who, according to Luke, originally was from the city, and having been healed, returned to the city to proclaim how much Jesus had done for him.
1/6/20200
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The Texture of the Heart

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus teaches us about hearing the Word of God and and holding it fast in our hearts. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon offers reflections on this topic.
1/6/20200
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Being in the Presence

In 2 Corinthians 6:2 Paul says “…now is the day of salvation.” In order to be “in the now,” or fully present, one must come into the Presence. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon considers three requirements for this.
1/6/20200
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The Anointing of the Believer

In 2 Corinthians 1:23 Paul says, "He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God.” Father Patrick Henry Reardon provides three ways to describe this anointing.
1/6/20200
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Justification: Ongoing, Internal, and Shared

Preaching from Galatians 2:16-20, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon reflects upon justification through faith.
1/6/20200
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The King and His Mother

On the Sunday which is both the birthday of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the Sunday before the Feast of the Holy Cross, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon looks at how these two are connected.
1/6/20200
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The Crown of the Year

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon discusses the meaning of the Ecclesiastical New Year for Christians, its connection with the Feast of Joshua, and the significance of the Biblical texts chosen for this date.
1/6/20200
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The Apostolic Model

In 1 Corinthians 4:16, Paul urges the Corinthian Christians to be imitators of him. In what ways should they, and we, do this?
1/6/20200
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Two Views of History

It seems that our society is trying to walk on water without the power of God, and is consequently in the process of drowning in its many confusions. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon reflects on our adhering to God’s revealed will vs. trying to make history.
1/6/20200
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The Cross and the Moral Life

The Apostle Paul instructs us in Romans 15 that we are not to please ourselves, but to please our neighbor for his good, to edify him. Fr. Pat encourages us in this matter.
1/6/20200
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The Fragrance Filled the House

Fr. Pat looks at the story of the paralytic in Matthew 9 from three literary perspectives.
1/6/20200
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Time and the Knowledge of God

The English word “time” has various meanings. Fr. Pat looks at three of these in regard to our experience and knowledge of God.
1/6/20200
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The Torah and the Acropolis

Fr. Pat preaches on Jesus’ teaching from Matthew 5 that we are to be salt and light to the world.
1/6/20200
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Wisdom and Folly

Fr. Pat preaches on the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders and the miracle of the cleansing of the leper (Matthew 7:24-8:4).
1/6/20200
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The Catholic, Apostolic Church

What sorts of things do we mean when we profess that the Church is catholic and apostolic? Why are these words so important that they are explicitly mentioned in the creed? Fr. Pat explores these questions.
1/6/20200
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The Testimony of God Written in Our Hearts

On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Fr. Pat looks at two questions posed to St. Peter; each question has to do with the identity of the same Person, but the two questions are posed very differently.
1/6/20200
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Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge

Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will be our teacher and instructor; He will lead us into all truth. When we pray Psalm 118:66 we ask the Holy Spirit to teach us goodness, discipline, and knowledge. Fr. Pat looks a these three things.
1/6/20200
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The Growing Circle of Light

The account of the man born blind serves as a narrative completion of the themes introduced on the night of Pascha. Fr. Pat preaches on the darkness of blindness and the True Light, which gives light to every man coming into the world.
1/6/20200
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Out of Order

The Samaritan Woman whom Jesus meets at the well has, like many people today, a disordered life. Fr. Pat offers reflections on how this disorder afflicts the soul.
1/6/20200
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The Stewardship of the Soul

Discussion of the care of the human soul is of special necessity in the age and atmosphere in which we live. Fr. Pat turns once again to this very important topic.
1/6/20200
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Hope, Faith, Love, and the Pentecostarion

In this homily given on St. Thomas Sunday, 2011, Fr. Pat considers how the revelation of the Holy Trinity takes place through the entire Pentecostarion, and how Pascha is not really complete until Pentecost.
1/6/20200
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The Four Directions of the Cross

In four brief meditations given on each of the four Royal Hours on Great and Holy Friday, Fr. Pat reflects upon Ephesians 3:18.
1/6/20200
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The Lady at the Foot of the Cross

Fr. Pat captures some dimensions of the place of the mother of Jesus in the passion of Christ.
1/6/20200
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Three Aspects of Covenant

Among Biblical concepts, one of the central is the covenant. Indeed, covenant is at the absolute center and root of the identity of the people of God. In today’s homily, Fr. Pat considers three aspects of covenant.
1/6/20200
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The Testing of Faith

There are times in our lives when we make our own the petition of the father in Mark 9: “Help my unbelief.” But faith is increased only by being tested. Fr. Pat offers reflections on this.
1/6/20200
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Sin and the Sin Offering

On the second Sunday of Lent Fr. Pat looks at our Lord’s passion, the power of His blood, and the authority of the Church.
1/6/20200
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The Works of Lent

Fr. Pat considers three aspects of the works that are traditionally associated with the Great Fast: prayer, fasting, and deeds of mercy.
1/6/20200
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Where is the King of the Jews?

On the Sunday of the Last Judgment, Fr. Pat reflects upon the most important question ever posed to the mind of man.
1/6/20200
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The Education of Timothy

Timothy’s mother and grandmother not only raised him in the faith, but they instructed him in the study of sacred grammar. Fr. Pat suggests three blessings that came to young Timothy through this study, which pertain to all of us, not just those raising children.
1/6/20200
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Soldier, Athlete, Tiller of Soil

In 2 Timothy 2:1-10, Paul holds out three models for Timothy’s life which are three metaphors for the life in Christ. Timothy is not free to choose which one he wants; he must follow all three.
1/6/20200
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The God of the Prophets

Can God be hurt? Can he be offended? Is God sensitive? Can he be disappointed? Fr. Pat offers reflections on the Parable of Talents and the nature of God.
1/6/20200
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Hosea and the Fabric of Prophecy

Fr. Pat offers reflections on the life of Hosea and what his example teaches us about the character of God.
1/6/20200
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The Moral Education of Josiah

Fr. Pat looks at three stages and three sources of Josiah's moral instruction.
1/6/20200
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In the Service of God

In Ephesians 4:11-13, Paul talks about Christian service. But what does it mean that we serve God? Fr. Pat examines the life of the Prophet Samuel and considers three lessons for us today.
1/6/20200
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The Flood, the Exodus, and the Cross

On the Feast of the Theophany, Fr. Pat looks at three figures of baptism.
1/6/20200
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The Harp, the Book, and the Bed

On the Sunday before the Nativity, Fr. Pat looks for the Biblical David in two works of Western art: Michelangelo’s David and Rembrandt’s sketch of David in prayer. The works can be seen here: Michelangelo's "David" and here: Rembrandt's "David in Prayer"
1/6/20200
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Three Sanctified Ones of the Old Testament

Using 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3 as his text, Fr. Pat looks at three qualities of the Thessalonian Church, and finds these qualities exemplified in the lives of three Old Testament saints.
1/6/20200
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Christian Moral Responsibility

The Christian life is one of effort. Faith in Christ is not something that simply can be attached to a secular lifestyle. In this homily preached in 2008, Fr. Pat reflects upon Ephesians 4:1-6.
1/6/20200
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The Hinge of Moral History

Were the new Gentile converts obliged to observe all the mandates of the Torah? As the Apostle Paul contemplated this, he came to the understanding that history not only matures, but had a pivotal point. Fr. Pat preaches from Galatians 3:23-4:5.
1/6/20200
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One God, One Hope, One Ark

Preaching on the first seven verses of Ephesians 4, Fr. Pat considers one God, the one hope of our calling, and the Christian lifestyle.
1/6/20200
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An Experiment in Ceramics

Fr. Pat reflects upon the treasure of which Paul speaks in 2 Corinthians 4:6-7; what that treasure is, what is needed to take possession of it, and that in which it is contained.
1/6/20200
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Divine Grace

Preaching from Ephesians 2:4-10 and Luke 16:19-31 (The Rich Man and Lazarus), Fr. Pat Reardon looks at God’s grace in the world and in the life of the believer.
1/6/20200
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He Touches Our Flesh

The sacraments are not just the sign that something is happening, they are the means by which it is happening; they are not just signs of an inner grace, but the effective means by which the grace of justification is imparted. Fr. Pat meditates with us on the thesis that holiness is something physical.
1/6/20200
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Seated at the Feet of Jesus, Clothed and in Our Right Mind

The story of the Gadarene Demoniac in Luke 8 provokes three questions which are important for us to ask today.
1/6/20200
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A Pure and Upright Heart

Our contemporary culture is accustomed to thinking of the heart as a symbol of spontaneous feelings. That’s about the last thing it means in the Bible. Fr. Pat Reardon reflects on the Parable of the Sower from Luke 8.
1/6/20200
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The Final Outcome is Not in Doubt

In the raising of the son of the widow of Nain, a liturgical parallel to the raising of Lazarus, Luke declares Jesus as Lord and Victor not only over death, but over everything.
1/6/20200
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Loving One's Enemies and Forgiving Offenses

The Christian love of one’s enemies is not ultimately rooted in the quest for inner peace. It is rooted in the life we have in Christ. Fr. Pat preaches from Luke 6:31-36.
1/6/20200
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The Concealed Presence of a New Reality

In the Hebrew Scriptures, the angelic announcement of a conception is a special sign of some new resolve of God; a resolve of God to alter the course of history. Fr. Pat's reflections given on the Feast of the Conception of the Forerunner and Baptist John.
1/6/20200
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The Spirit of Deceit

Deception is a major phenomenon of our own times. There have always been deceivers. But deception has become a far more integral part of modern life. Fr. Pat discusses the psychology and theology of deception, as well as the solution to the problem.
1/6/20200
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Bearing the Cross a Good Long Time

In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul teaches us that Jesus Christ crucified is the power of God and the wisdom of God. But one cannot say this without having experienced and known the cross. Fr. Pat reflects upon three ways in which we experience the cross in our lives.
1/6/20200
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Three Temptations that are Opposed to the Holy Spirit

The Christian must guard against anything antithetical to the Holy Spirit, whom, in 2 Corinthians 1, Paul calls the downpayment and guarantee of salvation. Fr. Pat considers three such things which should be of special concern given the world in which we live.
1/6/20200
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The Vigilant Care of the Soul

A certain mindset of vigilance is an essential part of the transmission of the Gospel. We do not simply hand on the Gospel, but we hand on that sense of vigilance and care that is essential to its reception. Fr. Pat Reardon compares Biblical vigilance with that of other traditions.
1/6/20200
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Reality and Faith

Fr. Patrick Reardon contemplates the setting, action, and drama of faith.
1/6/20200
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The Syntax and the Grammar of the Gospel

Does the world have coherent structure? Does reality make sense? If it does, what is that structure? Father Pat looks at three answers to these questions.
1/6/20200
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Act Sensibly

None of us has been given everything, but each of us has been given something, and been given an allotted amount of time in which to do it. In this homily based on the three parables in Matthew 24:36-25:30, Fr. Pat encourages us to be sensible rather than foolish.
1/6/20200
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Traction

Preaching from the first chapter of 1 Corinthians, Fr. Pat discusses what is attractive in the Church, what distracts us from Christ, and the importance of resistance if one is to make progress.
1/6/20200
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Too Smart for their Britches

Preaching from 1 Corinthians 3:18 through 4:8, Fr. Pat discusses wisdom and knowledge, intellectual self-deception and the wisdom of God.
1/6/20200
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Practical Rules for How to Live the Life in Christ

Fr. Pat expounds upon Paul’s exhortations in Romans 12:6-14.
1/6/20200
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Members to Each Other

In Romans 12, Paul reminds us that we are all members of one body. Fr. Pat offers reflections on how we are to live with respect to one another.
1/6/20200
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It's Time Already To Wake From Sleep

Preaching from Romans 13, Fr. Pat looks at what Paul has to say about the political, social, and economic life of the Christian in the world.
1/6/20200
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The Gift and Task of Hope

In the opening verses of Romans 5, Paul says we "rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Fr. Pat examines the characteristics of Christian hope.
1/6/20200
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What is it Like to Be a Human Being?

Paul's explanation of what it means to be a human being as expounded in the Book of Romans should be the key to everything we do.
1/6/20200
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Vignettes from Luke

Using stories found only in Luke, Fr. Pat looks at features quite prominent to this Gospel. (From October 18, 2015, the Feast of St. Luke)
1/6/20200
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The Church's First Retreat

Fr. Pat examines the ten days between Christ's ascension and Pentecost, when the disciples were gathered in the Upper Room.
1/6/20200
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What's the Solution to Blindness?

It is imperative always to follow the light—never the darkness. The light is given to us in Christ our Lord and conveyed through the teaching of the Church.
1/6/20200
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The Meeting at the Well

The Gospel is the Word of Truth directed to the conscience of man in the presence of God. Fr. Pat explores this topic in the context of the conversation Jesus has with the Woman at the Well.
1/6/20200
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Revelation and Obedience

In this homily given on the Sunday of the Paralytic, Fr. Pat explores three aspects of our obedience to God in response to God’s self-revelation to us.
1/6/20200
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The Three-Stranded Cord

The tensile integrity of a three-stranded cord is far greater than the sum of each of the strands within it. In rhetoric and in literature, there’s something about three-ness that suggests strength, stability, and finality. Fr. Pat looks at a very famous tripodic construction from the Bible.
1/6/20200
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Thomas and the Crossword Puzzle

In this homily from St. Thomas Sunday, Fr. Pat considers a person with a Stoic personality facing the great puzzle presented in the books of Job and Ecclesiastes.
1/6/20200
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The Fertile Fringe

People come in to the Church through various ports of entry. But when they come in, they come in through the Cross. In this meditation given over the course of the four Royal Hours on Great and Holy Friday, Fr. Pat considers with us four people, one from each Gospel, who cross over the border into the sphere of faith through the event of the Cross.
1/6/20200
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What Does the Cross Mean to the Believer?

In this homily from Palm Sunday Fr. Pat asks what the Cross means for each believer—what it does mean and what it should mean.
1/6/20200
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What Did John NOT Say?

In the prologue to his Gospel, the Apostle John says “And the Word became flesh.” Fr. Pat considers three things, regarding the Word, that John did NOT say.
1/6/20200
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Presence of Mind

Fr. Pat talks to us about an important theme from the Epistle to the Hebrews, namely “today”, beginning with the question: “what does it mean for a human being to “be present”?
1/4/20200
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An Icon of Christ

In today’s very short story from Mark 2, we perceive a firm and complex portrait of Christ, who is clearly the central figure in the text—it’s all about what He sees, what He says, what He does.
1/4/20200
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The Invisible God Painted His Own Portrait

Fr. Pat considers with us the Icon of the invisible God from three perspectives that Christ Himself gave to us when He declared "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
1/4/20200
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The Mystery of Monotheism

Many religions believe there is only one God. But do they worship the same God as us? Fr. Pat looks at Biblical monotheism, what it is, and what it means to our worship.
1/4/20200
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What is Jesus Worth?

In our society, worth usually has some connection with what is called “market value.” However, worth or value is not ultimately an absolute thing. Worth is always “worth to whom?” Fr. Pat Reardon makes three points concerning this question.
1/4/20200
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The Man of the Hour

John the Baptist is a man caught in the tectonic crisis of the major shift in world history. Fr. Pat considers the three answers Jesus gives to his own question about John: "What went ye out into the wilderness to see?”
1/4/20200
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Coming to Terms with the Beyond

An abiding sense of the beyond is utterly native to human experience. Fr. Pat Reardon makes three points about this experience.
1/4/20200
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To Cut, To Give, To Establish

In Jesus’ circumcision, God’s own flesh is marked by the sign of the covenant; Jesus' circumcision was the ratification and fulfillment of the prophetic dimension of the rite. Fr. Pat discusses three verbs associated with the Hebrew word Berith (covenant).
1/4/20200
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The Humanization of Reality

In the Incarnation, God assumes not only human nature, but also human experience. With respect to this, Fr. Pat Reardon talks about human memory, human speech, and human resolve
1/4/20200
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The Children of God

In this homily given on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon reflects upon what makes us children of God.
12/30/201923 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Song of Mary

On the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon preaches on Mary's canticle of thanksgiving, found in Luke Chapter 1.
12/28/20190
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The Gnostic Impulse

The metaphysics of Gnosticism represents a major threat to the Gospel, and is an enemy of the doctrine of the Incarnation. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon offers reflections on this.
12/23/201928 minutes, 57 seconds
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Three Psychological Vices

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon warns us about three things which impede our ability to walk worthy of the vocation with which we have been called.
12/20/201929 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Place, the Process, and the Prayer

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon preaches from Luke 18:35-43, the story of the blind beggar who receives his sight.
12/12/201916 minutes, 49 seconds
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The Song of Mary

On the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon preaches on Mary's canticle of thanksgiving, found in Luke Chapter 1.
12/2/201920 minutes, 44 seconds
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Whatever Was Written

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon discusses a Christian reading of the Hebrew Scriptures.
11/21/201931 minutes, 29 seconds
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How Are We to Live?

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon discusses Paul’s response to the Gentile converts in Galatia being compelled by Jewish Christian teachers to live according to Jewish customs.
11/11/201929 minutes, 12 seconds
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Galatians and the Gospel

Paul’s letter to the Galatians is directly concerned with the meaning and the integrity of the Gospel. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon offers three points on Paul's words spoken against the loss or distortion of the very essence of the Gospel.
11/6/201919 minutes, 12 seconds
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Three Visionary Perspectives

Second Corinthians has been summarized as “strength made perfect through weakness.” Preaching from 2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon looks at three examples from the Old Testament of God’s strength being made perfect through the weakness of His servants.
10/29/20190
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The Institutions of Witness

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon discusses three types of witness, with special focus on the witness we call “the faith once delivered to the saints.”
10/28/201920 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Meaning of the City

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon reflects on the story of the Gadarene demoniac, who, according to Luke, originally was from the city, and having been healed, returned to the city to proclaim how much Jesus had done for him.
10/21/201923 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Texture of the Heart

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus teaches us about hearing the Word of God and and holding it fast in our hearts. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon offers reflections on this topic.
10/17/201925 minutes, 38 seconds
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Being in the Presence

In 2 Corinthians 6:2 Paul says “…now is the day of salvation.” In order to be “in the now,” or fully present, one must come into the Presence. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon considers three requirements for this.
10/8/201927 minutes, 43 seconds
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Three Visionary Perspectives

Second Corinthians has been summarized as “strength made perfect through weakness.” Preaching from 2 Corinthians 4:6-15, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon looks at three examples from the Old Testament of God’s strength being made perfect through the weakness of His servants.
9/30/201921 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Anointing of the Believer

In 2 Corinthians 1:23 Paul says, "He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God.” Father Patrick Henry Reardon provides three ways to describe this anointing.
9/26/201920 minutes, 7 seconds
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Justification: Ongoing, Internal, and Shared

Preaching from Galatians 2:16-20, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon reflects upon justification through faith.
9/19/201921 minutes
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The King and His Mother

On the Sunday which is both the birthday of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the Sunday before the Feast of the Holy Cross, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon looks at how these two are connected.
9/10/201924 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Crown of the Year

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon discusses the meaning of the Ecclesiastical New Year for Christians, its connection with the Feast of Joshua, and the significance of the Biblical texts chosen for this date.
9/4/201923 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Apostolic Model

In 1 Corinthians 4:16, Paul urges the Corinthian Christians to be imitators of him. In what ways should they, and we, do this?
8/29/201923 minutes, 1 second
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Two Views of History

It seems that our society is trying to walk on water without the power of God, and is consequently in the process of drowning in its many confusions. Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon reflects on our adhering to God’s revealed will vs. trying to make history.
8/21/201930 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Discipline of Memory

Last week a former vice-president and now presidential candidate said on the campaign trail, "We choose science over fiction; we choose truth over facts.” Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon reflects upon truth vs. facts, and the role memory plays in this.
8/13/201932 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Cross and the Moral Life

The Apostle Paul instructs us in Romans 15 that we are not to please ourselves, but to please our neighbor for his good, to edify him. Fr. Pat encourages us in this matter.
8/7/201918 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Fragrance Filled the House

Fr. Pat looks at the story of the paralytic in Matthew 9 from three literary perspectives.
7/31/201924 minutes, 54 seconds
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Time and the Knowledge of God

The English word “time” has various meanings. Fr. Pat looks at three of these in regard to our experience and knowledge of God.
7/27/201926 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Torah and the Acropolis

Fr. Pat preaches on Jesus’ teaching from Matthew 5 that we are to be salt and light to the world.
7/23/201921 minutes, 45 seconds
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Wisdom and Folly

Fr. Pat preaches on the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders and the miracle of the cleansing of the leper (Matthew 7:24-8:4).
7/16/201918 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Catholic, Apostolic Church

What sorts of things do we mean when we profess that the Church is catholic and apostolic? Why are these words so important that they are explicitly mentioned in the creed? Fr. Pat explores these questions.
7/12/201923 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Testimony of God Written in Our Hearts

On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Fr. Pat looks at two questions posed to St. Peter; each question has to do with the identity of the same Person, but the two questions are posed very differently.
7/4/20199 minutes, 56 seconds
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Holiness as Gift, Perfection, and Struggle

On the Sunday of All Saints Fr. Pat looks at three aspects of Christian holiness.
7/2/201920 minutes, 55 seconds
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Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge

Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit will be our teacher and instructor; He will lead us into all truth. When we pray Psalm 118:66 we ask the Holy Spirit to teach us goodness, discipline, and knowledge. Fr. Pat looks a these three things.
6/20/201921 minutes, 54 seconds
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The Living Center

Fr. Pat compares the march of the Israelites through the desert, the Church’s march through history, and the Christian's daily walk.
6/13/201929 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Growing Circle of Light

The account of the man born blind serves as a narrative completion of the themes introduced on the night of Pascha. Fr. Pat preaches on the darkness of blindness and the True Light, which gives light to every man coming into the world.
6/6/201929 minutes, 43 seconds
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Out of Order

The Samaritan Woman whom Jesus meets at the well has, like many people today, a disordered life. Fr. Pat offers reflections on how this disorder afflicts the soul.
6/4/201924 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Path to Hell

Fr. Pat examines three failures of the rich man in the story of the rich man and Lazarus from Luke 16. This homily was first given at All Saints Church several years ago.
5/31/20190
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The Stewardship of the Soul

Discussion of the care of the human soul is of special necessity in the age and atmosphere in which we live. Fr. Pat turns once again to this very important topic.
5/30/201924 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Path to Hell

Fr. Pat examines three failures of the rich man in the story of the rich man and Lazarus from Luke 16. This homily was first given at All Saints Church several years ago.
5/21/201912 minutes, 24 seconds
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Hope, Faith, Love, and the Pentecostarion

In this homily given on St. Thomas Sunday, 2011, Fr. Pat considers how the revelation of the Holy Trinity takes place through the entire Pentecostarion, and how Pascha is not really complete until Pentecost.
5/9/201918 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Four Directions of the Cross

In four brief meditations given on each of the four Royal Hours on Great and Holy Friday, Fr. Pat reflects upon Ephesians 3:18.
5/2/201926 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Lady at the Foot of the Cross

Fr. Pat captures some dimensions of the place of the mother of Jesus in the passion of Christ.
4/25/201918 minutes, 53 seconds
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Three Aspects of Covenant

Among Biblical concepts, one of the central is the covenant. Indeed, covenant is at the absolute center and root of the identity of the people of God. In today’s homily, Fr. Pat considers three aspects of covenant.
4/16/201922 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Testing of Faith

There are times in our lives when we make our own the petition of the father in Mark 9: “Help my unbelief.” But faith is increased only by being tested. Fr. Pat offers reflections on this.
4/9/201922 minutes, 16 seconds
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Faith and the Soul

On the Sunday of the Holy Cross, when Jesus asks us “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Fr. Pat shares reflections on faith and its relationship to the soul.
4/5/201921 minutes, 44 seconds
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Sin and the Sin Offering

On the second Sunday of Lent Fr. Pat looks at our Lord’s passion, the power of His blood, and the authority of the Church.
3/26/201928 minutes, 10 seconds
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An Achievement and a Challenge

What exactly is the Sunday of Orthodoxy? Is it recognition of an achievement, or is it more than that? Fr. Pat explores the meaning of icons and the Triumph of Orthodoxy. This homily was preached in 2008.
3/21/201919 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Human Inheritance

On the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, Fr. Pat reflects upon human history, the event of Jesus of Nazareth, and upon the true protagonist of this parable.
3/15/20190
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The Works of Lent

Fr. Pat considers three aspects of the works that are traditionally associated with the Great Fast: prayer, fasting, and deeds of mercy.