Greetings and Salutations, Students of Spring 2018!
If you're taking my HON 1050C course - Perspectives on Christianity: A Catholic Approach, please clicky here.
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You're the cat's pajamas.
We have a new interdisciplinary minor at St. John’s University that brings together professors and students from diverse disciplines to engage the best of the global Catholic intellectual and cultural tradition.
The Minor in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study housed in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies that educates students with the integrating vision of the Catholic intellectual and cultural tradition.
It brings together professors and students from diverse disciplines to engage each other through courses, presentations, and conversations as we think and work collaboratively on studying and expressing the global Catholic intellectual and cultural tradition.
This comprehensive collaboration will help inform, develop, and enliven twenty-first century Catholicism.
The purpose comes from Pope John Paul II who said that we should:
“acquire a fresh approach to fostering the meeting of human minds, giving greater incentives to the quest for truth, scientific advances and the transmission of culture. … we should rediscover a renewed trend toward the unity of knowledge — that of the uni-versitas — with innovative courage in planning a curriculum of studies for a high-profile cultural and formative plan that serves the whole man.”
For more information, contact me, the director of the new minor, Dr. Matthew Sutton, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 718-990-5052.
“The young generation expect of you a new synthesis … a new humanistic form of knowledge.” - John Paul II
Good news. I just submitted my next book maunscript - God Alone: Meditations on Holy Saturday, Mercy, and Compassion. I'm so excited for you all to read it. 93,000 words of goodness.
Here's a few lines from the Preface:
This book is about compassion — true, authentic compassion. The book comes most immediately out of my involvement with a religious movement called Heart’s Home who have used the spirituality of Adrienne von Speyr (1902–1967) and Catherine Doherty (1896–1985) to serve the poorest of the poor through offering their compassionate presence. ... I believe that God alone has loved us to the utmost extent and God alone can save us. This book in eleven chapters seeks to make a complete sketch of a compassionate theology of Holy Saturday in which one theological moment will be used to interpret the most important aspects of Christianity with the hope that this theology makes Christianity relevant to you. Or, put differently, you will come to know the compassionate presence of Jesus Christ in your life.
The book will be available through Fortress Press, who published my previous book. We will have some work to do to bring it to you as soon as possible, but please keep praying and following here for news about when it is available. I can't wait for you to read it!
Lord our God give your children ready perseverance and loving care. You know all too well what we are like, moved by your goodness when it comes to us unexpectedly, dismayed by your severity when it reveals itself to us with its demands. When we live through happy or hard days Lord, we think of you, seeing what comes from you but in the monotony of every day, we grow lukewarm, we forget you, we keep you far from our thoughts and from our action as if we needed you only on the eventful days, as if we wanted to have you at our disposal.
We beg you, change this. Let us turn back while there is time, act decisively, tear out our tepidity, replace it with fire, cold or with both at once. Only allow your spirit to blow on us. Destroy everything that is not yours and let us think no thought whose center is not you so that by this destruction we are compelled to a livelier love. We do not demand of this love that it be painful or delightful only that it be yours forever. Lord, give us the grace to offer you again and again what you have given us. Only in this way will we unprofitable servants not remain fruitless. Bless your love in us so that it may yield the fruits that you desire.
prayer from Adrienne von Speyr - more at adriennevonspeyr.net
Ladies and Gentlemen! I'm performing as the captain in Anything Goes this coming weekend (April 28, 29, 30) and next weekend (May 5, 6, 7) at the Andrean Theater in Flushing (Queens). You can find more information and purchasing tickets at Andrean Players
The musical is a really fun show. You'll have a great time. Enjoy!
five stars - no stars = one light
When has our culture started to star people as products?
We can discern many ways toward our new culture's doom, but that people whose hearts, lives, and educations are poured out to other people could be evaluated as stars (ratemy...com) must only be the work of our downfall and not our progress. As a humanity striving for the true, good, and beautiful, we must measure ourselves to the true, good, and beautiful itself.
My heart aches because humanity gave Jesus five absent stars in the five deadly wounds - left hand, right hand, left and right feet, sacred head, and his sacred heart.
And this is the good news - within these wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Every Zero will bow to the One. In the darkness of his zero, we are made One with the light of his love. The world says you are zero, the Lord of Light says your are One with the One, the Infinite One, the Beacon of Light, the Beacon of the One. You are not alone you have been redeemed into the One.
You are not alone, you are one with the ONE.
On February 1, 2017, I presented on the Communion of Saints to the Catholic Scholars at St. John's University. A student was kind to record the video. I hope you enjoy this presentation called Saints as Fathers and Mothers.
"So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us" (1 Thess 2:8)