Author Archives: Fr Aidan Kimel

Slowly Reading St Athanasius: The Return of the King

by John Stamps Imagine you’re Bergil, a 10 year old boy living in the city of Minas Tirith in the Kingdom of Gondor in Middle Earth. Minas Tirith has lost its sheen and splendor. The Golden Age is long gone. … Continue reading

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner

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“God is love, and therefore the preaching of His word must always proceed from love”

I remember a conversation [Staretz Silouan] had with a certain Archimandrite who was engaged in missionary work. This Archimandrite thought highly of the Staretz and many a time went to see him during his visits to the Holy Mountain. The … Continue reading

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Preaching Good Good Very Good News: The Grammar of Apokatastasis

What difference does apokatastasis make to the churchly preaching of the gospel? All the difference in the world—and therefore all the difference to the world. How we understand the conclusion of the gospel story informs how we tell the story … Continue reading

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Thomas Aquinas on Evil and Human Freedom, with Critique of Universal Salvation

Dr Taylor O’Neill, author of Grace, Predestination, and the Permission of Sin, is an up-and-coming Thomist philosopher. In this podcast he discusses the place of evil within the providential order from the perspective of St Thomas Aquinas. God permits evil and … Continue reading

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“Genuine conversion, however, means ceasing to sin without any backward glances”

The doors are open for all who sincerely and wholeheartedly return to God; indeed, the Father is most willing to welcome back a truly repentant son or daughter. The result of true repentance, however, is that you do not fall … Continue reading

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“Some of the Fathers terrify us beyond our strength and throw us into despair. Others of them encourage us and bid us rely upon Divine mercy”

Some of the Fathers terrify us beyond our strength and throw us into despair; and their opinion is well adapted to the simple-minded and trangressors of the law. Others of them encourage us and bid us rely upon Divine mercy; … Continue reading

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Preaching Good Good Very Good News: St Isaac the Syrian and Universal Salvation

How do we proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as good news that liberates and trans­forms? How do we tell the narrative of the Savior in such a way that the kingdom of God is made present?  These are the … Continue reading

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