SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY (24 hours)
The invitation to spiritual communion with God as presented In the First Letter of St John. Study of selected texts from the Christian spiritual tradition (e.g. Ignatius of Antioch, Letter to the Romans, St Augustine, Confessions) with special emphasis on the following themes: God’s saving mercy, prayer, the ascetical life, growth in holiness and contemporary spirituality.
HISTORY OF SPIRITUALITY, PART I:EARLY MONASTICISM TO THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES (24 hours)
This course will be an integration of the development of Catholic spirituality from the beginnings of monasticism to the High Middle Ages relating distinctive ways of prayer with signiﬁcant spiritualities in the context of their historical emergence in the life of the Church. Special emphasis will be given to the writings of St. Benedict, St. Augustine, and the spirituality of the Franciscans and the Dominicans with emphasis on the writings of St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Catherine of Siena.
These distinctive spiritualities will also be considered in terms of the relevance of the wisdom that they offer in the life of the Church today.
HISTORY OF SPIRITUALITY, PART II: RENAISSANCE TO POST-VATICAN II (24 hours)
The period in the history of Catholic Spirituality from the Renaissance to the present Post-Vatican II time in the life of the Church is richly significant in the lives and teachings of the Church’s saints, the missionary expansion, and the witness of the Church and her religious orders and congregations to a world going through a profound time of intellectual, scientiﬁc, and general cultural ferment. The purpose of this course will be to review the on-going development of Roman Catholic spirituality with special emphasis upon the traditions offered by the new religious orders and congregations founded during this period, especially the Cannelite Order and the Society of Jesus, as well as the continuing influence of the Order of Preachers and other orders founded in the earlier ages in the life of the Church.
THE LIVED THEOLOGY OF ST CATHERINE OF SIENA (24 hours)
Apart from a general introduction to the life and teachings of this remarkable lay woman, the course will pay particular attention to:
- Catherine as a preacher of God’s Mercy;
- The ecclesial depth of Catherine’s spiritual vision;
- Catherine and freedom.
CHRISTIAN ANTHROPOLOGY (24 hours)
The Apostle Paul says in his letter to the Galatians, “I have been cruciﬁed with Christ, and I live now not with my own life, but with the life of Christ who lives in me.” (Ga 2:19) The gift of the grace of Christ, heals, transforms and perfects human nature. This course will study the human person created in the image of God, redeemed in Christ, and sanctified by the gift of the Holy Spirit. Special attention will be given to the relationship between human nature and the new life of grace in Christ.
THEOLOGY OF CONSECRATED LIFE (24 hours)
This course is contextualized within a survey of the history of the various forms of consecrated life in the Church. Students will then engage in theological reflection upon each form of consecrated life as magisterial statements are placed in dialogue with the historical phenomenon of the emergence of each type of consecrated life, the wisdom of their founders and representative literature from each form.
THEOLOGY OF PRAYER (24 hours)
Having established the distinction between public worship (liturgy) and devotion (private prayer), this course will examine the Church’s liturgical theology as well as the liturgical principles that guide the private prayer of the faithful. Complementary to the various courses available in this department on liturgical history, theology and spirituality, this particular course will include special focus upon the various forms of private prayer.