In this session, we will consider the epic work by Pope St. Paul VI on how to present Jesus to people in this post-modern moment.
This presentation will be a fascinating consideration of the Church’s actual teaching on the origins of our species. It will be of particular interest to anyone who is interested in science or works in a scientific related field.
We continue our survey of key papal teachings in the modern era with the monumental work by St. John Paul II, “The Splendor of Truth” (Veritatis Splendor). One of the most comprehensive treatments of moral theology ever composed, the document discusses man’s ability to discern good from evil, the nature of evil, the role of human freedom and conscience, and the authority of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
In this session, we consider the extraordinary role that the Christian family plays in the sanctification of the world. Pope St. John Paul II notes that, “The future of humanity passes by the way of the family.” Written in 1981, The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World was the second Apostolic Exhortation written by this great pope.
In this presentation, we consider one of the two dogmatic documents issued by Vatican II. A statement of profound mercy, Lumen Gentium (“The Light to the Nations”) considers the question of universal holiness and salvation.
On June 5th, we begin our fourth series in the Mystagogy program with ten weeks dedicated to “The Riches of Magisterial Teaching.” We are blessed to have an amazing guest presenter to kick-off our summer series. Sr. Helena Raphael Burns, fsp, to discuss Humanae Vitae and the Theology of the Body.
We have made it to the last few cantos in Dante’s epic work, The Divine Comedy. This coming Monday (April 3rd) will be our last session for this series. We will complete The Paradiso, and then have time for a bit of a debrief and discussion about our individual take-aways from the whole journey through hell, purgatory, and heaven. Please read as much of cantos XX-XXXIII as you can for our discussion.
In this session on March 27th, we accompany Dante the Pilgrim as he traverses the middle levels of the Heavenly Kingdom. In this session and the final one next week, we will encounter many of the greatest heroes of the first thousand years of Christendom, including St. Benedict, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas,…
Mystagogy finally makes it to heaven! And it’s literally out of this world. Our consideration of the last of the three parts of Dante’s epic poem covers Cantos I-VIII. You might find this short video which summarizes The Paradiso helpful:
Our consideration of Dante’s Purgatorio concludes with his remedies for the sins of the flesh, and then moves onto the ascent into the earthly paradise which kicks off the greatest parade in history.
We enter the second phase of our journey through the afterlife as we begin Dante’s Purgatorio. We will be considering Cantos I-VII, much of which is dedicated to considering those souls who just make it to salvation, whom Dante calls “the Late-Repentant.”
In this session, we complete our journey through Dante’s Inferno, looking specifically at Cantos XVIII, XX, and XXIII-XXVIII. Imagining the darkest paces in hell, Dante will compel us to consider sins of deceit, disloyalty, betrayal, deceit, and treachery. Our journey concludes with the encounter with Lucifer himself in the deepest circle of hell.
This session is a whirlwind tour through Dante’s whirlwind of the sins of the flesh. We’ll meet the Hoarders and the Wasters, the Gluttons, the Wrathful and the Sullen, and, of course, poor, pathetic, lustful Francesca and Paolo.