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Fall 2018
Mishawaka, Indiana- Marian High School

Eschatology: THEO 64837
Todd Walatka

Fridays | 5pm-9pm | August 24th, September 21st, October 19th
Saturdays | 8am-5pm | August 25th, September 22nd, October 20th

"Eschatology," the study of the "last things" and includes theological reflection upon the realities of death, judgment, heaven, hell, purgatory, and the consummation of all God's creation in the life of God. This course will explore the nature and scope of Christian hope historically and systematically. In the first half of the course we will focus most intensely on the doctrine of the resurrection of the body, analyzing the beginnings, historical developments, and practical implications of belief in the resurrection and how this belief shapes various dimensions of Christian hope. We will then turn to classical accounts of heaven, hell, and purgatory and contemporary engagements with important eschatological questions. Central questions for the course include the following: how do we imagine the final state for which we hope? Why hope for the resurrection of the body and not just the immortality of the soul? How do the Church's teachings on eschatology impact another aspects of Christian thought and the living of the Christian life?

Winter 2018
Tucson, Arizona- Redemptorist Renewal Center

Spirituality of the Church
James DeFrancis

December 29th-January 6th 

“All of us who have received one and the same Spirit, that is, the Holy Spirit, are in a sense blended together with one another and with God. For if Christ, together with the Father’s and his own Spirit, comes to dwell in each of us, though we are many, still the Spirit is one and undivided. He binds together the spirits of each and every one of us…and makes all appear as one in him” (Cyril of Alexandria, In Jo. ev.11, 11, qtd. In CCC 738).

 

This course examines the relationship between spirituality – Christian life in the Spirit – and ecclesiology – the study of the mystery of the Church. We will be guided by a unifying question: what difference does it make that God chooses to make us holy not as individuals, but as one people, a people which acknowledges him in truth and serves him in holiness (Lumen Gentium9)? In other words, does it practically matter to me that I am called to live out my unique vocation in and through the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ and Temple of the Holy Spirit? Our inquiry will be nourished by the great ecclesial texts of Scripture, the Church Fathers, and the magisterium, most especially the Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium. The unique Tucson learning experience, with its emphasis on shared study, meals, prayer, and common participation in the Church’s liturgy, will undoubtedly be a great aide to us in this specifically ecclesial inquiry.