Category Archives: Gregory of Nyssa

The Cappadocian Brothers on the Propria of God

I’m sure it did not come as a surprise to either St Basil of Caesarea or St Gregory of Nyssa. Once they began to elucidate the mystery of the Trinity by means of the analogy between three human beings and … Continue reading

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St Gregory of Nyssa: Perichoretic Trinity

How do we know God as Holy Trinity? The answer given by St Gregory of Nyssa: through the contemplation of Holy Scripture. During the height of the fourth century trinitarian debates, neither Orthodox nor Arians thought they were expositing a … Continue reading

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“On this day is created the true man, the man made in the image and likeness of God”

The reign of life has begun, the tyranny of death is ended. A new birth has taken place, a new life has come, a new order of existence has appeared, our very nature has been transformed! This birth is not … Continue reading

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Reflecting the Mystery: Analogy Beyond Negation and Affirmation

by Robert F. Fortuin Silence is a mystery of the age to come, but words are instruments of this world. ~ St Isaac the Syrian The Holy Spirit, in delivering to us the Divine mysteries, conveys its instruction on those … Continue reading

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“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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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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