Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Episode 6-A Body Both Suffering & Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church

I. The Mystery of the Church
   A. Can you define "Church" in a single sentence?
   B. The Church is no a human invention; in Christ, "like a sacrament"
   C. The Church is a Body, a living organism
II. Ekklesia
   A. God created the world for communion with him (CCC 760)
   B. Sin scatters; God gathers
   C. The Church takes Christ's life to the nations
III. Four Marks of the Church
   A. One
   B. Holy
   C. Catholic
   D. Apostolic

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Episode 5-The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure

I. Unique and United
   A. Principal archetypes for disciples of Chirst
   B. Peter - kingly, leadership, governing
   C. Paul - prophetic, missionary, teacher
   D. United in apostleship and devotino to the Lord
II. Peter of Capharnaum
   A. A fisherman and businessman, married, middle-class
   B. Blustery, direct, stron-willed, but loyal
   C. Name appears 191 in the NT
   D. Transfiguration and Transformation
   E. The Call and the Confession
   F. Peter: Apostle and Witness
III. Paul of Tarsus
   A. Devout Jew with perfect resume
   B. Youth and education
   C. Conversion and Mission
   D. Paul's Theology of Resurrection
   E. Participation in Christ

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Episode 4-Our Tainted Nature's Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God

I. The Annunciation
II. Mary and Zion
III. The Mother of God
IV. The Immaculate Conception
V. The Assumption
VI. The Mother of the Church
VII. Mother of the New Covenant
VIII. Hopkins' The May Magnificat

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Episode 3-Happy are We: The Teachings of Jesus

I. Questions about Jesus
     A. Which "version" of Jesus is true?
     B. Who was Jesus? What did he do and say?  What did he mean?
     C. The temptation of the New Age Christ
II. The Path of Joy: The teachings of Jesus
     A. Dominus Iesus and the uniqueness of Jesus of Nazareth
     B. He alone is the Son and the Word of the FAther
     C. Jesus' teaching is a central part of his mission
     D. Jesus' teaching is the focus of early Christian writings
III. The Beatitudes
     A. Joy and freedom for excellence
     B. Two versions in the Gospels
          1. Luke 6:17-49
          2. Matthew 5-7
     C. Reveals the fullness of the Old Law
     D. Expresses the heart of the New Law
     E. Intimate connection between Old and New
     F. The meaning of "happy" or "blessed" is difficult, but essential
     G. The Beatitudes
     H. The Sermon should be understood in light of the Mount of Calvary
     I. The path of non-violence
IV. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32)
     A. A parable about divine mercy (JP II)
     B. We are children of God, yet man chooses autonomy from God
     C. By rendering grace, man exiles himself from familial love and communion
     D. Desperation leads to awareness; better to be a slave than to feed pigs
     E. The father is faithful to his fatherhood and to his son
     F. The ring given by the father is marital, re-establishes right relationship
     G. The older son is no different, in the end, than his brother
     H. The heavenly Father waits for man to respond to his fatherly call
V. Matthew 25
     A. Peter Maurin, Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker
     B. Mother Teresa
     C. Metanoiate: changing the manner in which we see the world.
     D. "The Law of Gift"
Suggested reading:
The Priority of Christ by Robert Barron
And Now I see...: A Theologyof Transformation by Robert Barron
Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen
The Lord by Romano Guardini
Dominus Iesus by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Dives in Misericordia by Pope John Paul II
The Moment of Christian Witness by Hans Urs von Balthasar

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Episode 2-Happy are We: The Teachings of Jesus


I. Questions about Jesus
     A. Which "version" of Jesus is true?
     B. Who was Jesus? What did he do and say?  What did he mean?
     C. The temptation of the New Age Christ
II. The Path of Joy: The teachings of Jesus
     A. Dominus Iesus and the uniqueness of Jesus of Nazareth
     B. He alone is the Son and the Word of the FAther
     C. Jesus' teaching is a central part of his mission
     D. Jesus' teaching is the focus of early Christian writings
III. The Beatitudes
     A. Joy and freedom for excellence
     B. Two versions in the Gospels
          1. Luke 6:17-49
          2. Matthew 5-7
     C. Reveals the fullness of the Old Law
     D. Expresses the heart of the New Law
     E. Intimate connection between Old and New
     F. The meaning of "happy" or "blessed" is difficult, but essential
     G. The Beatitudes
     H. The Sermon should be understood in light of the Mount of Calvary
     I. The path of non-violence
IV. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32)
     A. A parable about divine mercy (JP II)
     B. We are children of God, yet man chooses autonomy from God
     C. By rendering grace, man exiles himself from familial love and communion
     D. Desperation leads to awareness; better to be a slave than to feed pigs
     E. The father is faithful to his fatherhood and to his son
     F. The ring given by the father is marital, re-establishes right relationship
     G. The older son is no different, in the end, than his brother
     H. The heavenly Father waits for man to respond to his fatherly call
V. Matthew 25
     A. Peter Maurin, Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker
     B. Mother Teresa
     C. Metanoiate: changing the manner in which we see the world.
     D. "The Law of Gift"
Suggested reading:
The Priority of Christ by Robert Barron
And Now I see...: A Theology of Transformation by Robert Barron
Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen
The Lord by Romano Guardini
Dominus Iesus by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Dives in Misericordia by Pope John Paul II
The Moment of Christian Witness by Hans Urs von Balthasar

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Episode 1-Amazed and Afraid

Part 1:
  1. Both God and Human
  2. Jesus is Lord
Part 2:
  1. The work of Jesus, the Messiah
  2. The first task: Gathering the tribes of Israel
  3. The second task: Cleansing the Temple of God
  4. The third task: Dealing with the enemies of Israel
  5. The fourth task: Reigning as Lord of Nations
Suggested Reading:
The Priority of Christ by Robert Barron
Jesus and the Victory of God by N. T. Wright
The Everlasting Manby G. K. Chesterton
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Lord Jesus Chist: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity by Larry W. Hurtado
The Divine Comedy by Dante