NATURE AND GRACE – A Study Day

Saturday, June 29th, 2024 – 10:00am to 2:00pm
St. Michael Church, 80 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario
The debate about nature and grace considers how God’s action relates to humanity and how we can respond to God in the world. The insights of Catholic theologian Henri de Lubac influenced thinkers such as Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. In his book “A Brief Catechesis on Nature and Grace” he rejects on the one hand the extreme of opposing nature and grace, as if God’s grace is entirely alien to our nature, and on the other hand, the extreme of confusing them. Come and join the conversation. No need to read the book. Highlights of each chapter will be provided. Bring your own lunch.

SCHEDULE:
9:30am Doors Open
10:00am Welcome – Christopher Marentette
10:05am Mid-Morning Prayer – Fr. Mark Morley
10:15am Preface – Dcn. Charles Fernandes
10:30am Part I: Nature and the Supernatural – Christopher Marentette
11:00am Discussion
11:15am Part II: Consequences – Victor Ricciotti
11:45am Discussion
12:00pm Lunch
12:45pm Part III: Nature and Grace – Fr. Jason Kuntz
1:15pm Discussion
2:00pm END

The book can be purchased on online:
Ignatius Press
Amazon

For more information:
contact Father Mark Morley: mmorley@communiohamiltondiocese.org
or Deacon Charles Fernandes: 519-923-0454.

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Three Rivers: Memory as Mediation and Mission in Purgatorio and Paradiso

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, June 14th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm.

We will be discussing “Three Rivers: Memory as Mediation and Mission in Purgatorio and Paradiso” by Mary Taylor from the Summer 2023 issue entitled Memory (Volume 50.2).

Here are excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
Mary Taylor dwells on the pervasive motif of memory in Dante’s Divine Comedy in “Three Rivers: Memory as Mediation and Mission in Purgatorio and Paradiso.” Recollecting and repenting his sin, the pilgrim Dante is transformed in his ascent through initiation into the mystical body’s communal memory of God for the sake of his future mission of poetic testimony to divine love. The purification that he undergoes and his personal experience of ineffable mystery in the vision of the Trinity are, therefore, features of his role as a mediator of the sacred tradition. “[N]atural memory cleansed and renewed as part of healing confession in purgatory is surpassed in paradise, engulfed in God, suffused with grace, in order to become a channel for the living memory of Christ in his body extended through time, the Church.”

We will meet in the Kateri Room located at St. Michael’s Church, 240 Hemlock Street, Waterloo, Ontario. Use the east side parking lot and enter by the rear doors. Walk up the stairs. The Kateri Room is on your right before you enter the church proper.

Save-the-Date:
Saturday, June 29th – St. Michael Church, Waterloo – 10:00am to 2:00pm
Study Day – “A Brief Catechesis on Nature and Grace” by Henri de Lubac
Ignatius Press
Amazon

Note that in July we will be discussing “A Modern Genealogy of the Metaphysics of Information” by Marco Stango. The article is available from here.

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The Sacramental Character of Truth

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, May 10th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. We will be discussing “The Sacramental Character of Truth” Rudy A. te Velde from the Fall 2023 issue entitled Commemorating Fides et Ratio (Volume 50.3).

Here are excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
Rudi A. te Velde, in “The Sacramental Character of Truth,” affirms the natural readiness of the human person for the appeal that truth makes upon him, which is one basic reason why revelation cannot but be meaningful for man. Universal truth invites and supports its free reception in human life, which for its part receives its own full significance through the person’s assent to what is. Moreover, since created reality sacramentally directs the knower to the God who transcends it, it is fitting that Fides et ratio could advocate for the safeguarding of philosophy as among the vital concerns of religion. “The encyclical suggests that the divine self-gift of truth in and through Christ, accepted and lived in faith, places human reason in a properly philosophical relationship with truth, that is, a relationship that assumes truth to be a presence that cannot be fully mastered and appropriated.”

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Memores Domini: Living God’s Memory in a Post-Christian World

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, April 12th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. We will be discussing “Memores Domini: Living God’s Memory in a Post-Christian World” by Antonio López from the Summer 2023 issue entitled Memory (Volume 50.2).

Here are excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
In “Memores Domini: Living God’s Memory in a Post-Christian World,” Antonio López unfolds the meaning of Christian memory as a mindful adherence to God’s calling presence, above all as God gives himself to us in Christ through the mediation of the Church. In light of Luigi Giussani’s reception of the Rule of St. Benedict, López argues that such faithful remembrance is carried out in a whole life, one which serves the further communication of the very glory of divine love to which it attends. “When the memor Domini accepts the labor of living the memory of Christ at work, when he transforms what he is doing into an offering, he contributes, in ways that always elude his grasp, to the permanence and growth of the mystery of the Incarnation in history and thus bears witness to its beauty in the midst of the world.”

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On Art in Our Churches + Creativity and Tradition

We have a new time!

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, March 8th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. We will be discussing “On Art in Our Churches” by Martin Mosebach and “Creativity and Tradition: A Framework for Sacred Music” by Mary Catherine Levri, both from the Summer 2023 issue entitled Memory (Volume 50.2).

Here are excerpts from the Introduction to the issue:
Martin Mosebach, in “On Art in Our Churches,” observes that the Hebrew prohibition against images of God is upheld in Christianity because God himself has supplied his own definitive image in Jesus Christ. This confession stands behind the careful regulation of icons, which stands in marked contrast to the approach of secular religious art that emerged in the Renaissance. Unlike the masterpiece of a modern genius, “nderneath some Greek icons, instead of a signature, there are the words, ‘created by an unworthy hand.’ This could also be engraved on the base of a Lourdes statue.” Mosebach signals that a faithful return to the humble form of images that have always served the Church’s worship can still guide the religious artist in our day.

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On Reason and Hope: Plato, Pieper, and the Hopeful Structure of Reason

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, February 9th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “On Reason and Hope: Plato, Pieper, and the Hopeful Structure of Reason” by Ryan M. Brown from the Summer 2023 issue entitled Memory (Volume 50.2).

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
“We can hope that all will be well because that is how reality itself is made.” Ryan M. Brown attends to Socratic recollection (anamnesis) as free of both sophistic presumption and misological despair in “On Reason and Hope: Plato, Pieper, and the Hopeful Structure of Reason.” Rooting his approach in the thought of Josef Pieper, Brown proceeds to interpret key passages from the Platonic dialogues to show how Socrates exemplifies the loving desire to rest in the whole of truth in an openness that confidently awaits this gift from above, and how he thereby remains a model for the Catholic philosopher.

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Thomas Toast – St. Jerome’s University

The Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton invites you to our annual Thomas Toast event on January 26th at 7:00pm at St. Jerome’s University, 290 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, in the Notre Dame Chapel in SJ1 (at the south-east corner of the SJU campus, on the path leading to the main campus and the other church colleges). We will pray Vespers, socialize, and toast St. Thomas Aquinas. Joseph Goodwin, Executive Director, Canadian Priests for the Third Millennium, will be giving the Thomas testimony. Wine and canapes provided. Thank you to St. Jerome’s University for providing the venue and partially funding the event. Freewill donations gratefully received. If arriving by vehicle, park for free in Lot B. For more information visit: communiohamiltondiocese.org, or contact Father Mark Morley: mmorley@communiohamiltondiocese.org, or Deacon Charles Fernandes: 519-923-0454.

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Covenant Love: A Symbolic Reading of the Song of Songs

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, January 12th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Covenant Love: A Symbolic Reading of the Song of Songs” by Nina Sophie Heereman from the Spring 2023 issue entitled The Spirit of Unity (Volume 50.1).

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
In “Covenant Love: A Symbolic Reading of the Song of Songs,” Nina Sophie Heereman unfolds how the Song of Songs was composed over generations with Israel’s experience of redemption in view. Hence, with regard to this work “[w]e are not dealing with a theological projection onto a merely secular love poem, but with a single process that interweaves the human and the theological from the beginning.” Focusing especially on the “Wedding of Solomon” cycle at the center of the poem, Heereman shows how the Song’s celebration of human marriage is at once illuminated by and mediates in turn Israel’s contemplation of her spiritual and cultic bond with God from Mount Moriah to Mount Sinai to the Temple in Jerusalem.

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Delimiting Freedom: Aquinas between Brain Science and Choice Gone Wild

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, December 8th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Delimiting Freedom: Aquinas between Brain Science and Choice Gone Wild” by Anselm Ramelow from the Spring 2023 issue entitled The Spirit of Unity (Volume 50.1.4). The article can be downloaded from here.

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
Anselm Ramelow discusses the incoherence of a scientific denial of free will in “Delimiting Freedom: Aquinas between Brain Science and Choice Gone Wild.” Aquinas enables us to see that free choices are fundamentally immaterial because they are purposefully ordered to their universal good through particular means. At the same time, Aquinas grants both that the conditions of choice can be determined by material factors, and, even more significantly, that prior choices shape the context of our future action. Yet even this does not present a case against the reality of freedom: “[W]ith such a history our freedom increases, because much of the prehistory that influences our choices will be of our own making.”

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Trusting the Church: A Lecture

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, November 10th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Trusting the Church: A Lecture” by Ida Friederike Görres from LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture – Volume 23, Number 4, Fall 2020. You are also asked to read for your own background information the following two pieces found in the same publication: ““Only the Lover Discerns”: A Brief Introduction to Ida Friederike Görres” by Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz and “Eulogy for Ida Friederike Görres” by Fr. Joseph Ratzinger. All three pieces can be downloaded from here.

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