Category Archives: Gregory of Nyssa

“Who is this King of glory?”

The Gospel describes the Lord’s life upon earth and his return to heaven. But the sublime prophet David, as though unencumbered by the weight of his body, rose above himself to mingle with the heavenly powers and record for us … Continue reading

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“Prayer safeguards chastity, controls anger, and restrains arrogance”

The divine Word teaches us how to pray, explaining to disciples worthy of him, and eagerly longing for knowledge of prayer, what words to use to gain a hearing from God. Those who fail to unite themselves to God through … Continue reading

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Reflecting the Mystery: Analogy Beyond Negation and Affirmation

By Robert F. Fortuin ‘… the Holy Spirit, in delivering to us the Divine mysteries, conveys its instruction on those matters which transcend language by means of what is within our capacity.’1 The focus of this essay is to draw … Continue reading

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Analogous Predication in Gregory of Nyssa’s Contra Eunomium

by Robert Fortuin There is a similarity of names between things human and things divine, revealing nevertheless underneath this sameness a wide difference of meanings.1 … what we can easily perceive, it describes by terms well-worn in human use, facts … Continue reading

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Division of Being in St Gregory of Nyssa’s Contra Eunomium

by Robert F. Fortuin The ultimate division of all that exists is made by the line between ‘created’ and ‘uncreated,’ the one being regarded as a cause of what has come into being, the other as coming into being thereby. … Continue reading

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“For on this day did He Who vested Himself with humanity for our sake pitch His human tabernacle”

“Sound the trump at the new moon,” says David, “even in the notable day of your feast.” The commandments of Divinely-inspired teaching are assuredly a law for those who hear them. Therefore, since the notable day of our feast is … Continue reading

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Meditating on Moses: The Infinity of Virtue

In the early 390s St Gregory of Nyssa received a request for counsel on the virtuous life, or as Gregory phrases it: “You requested, dear friend, that we trace in outline for you what the perfect life is” (I.3). His … Continue reading

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