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3/20/2017: Lenten Lectures 2017
“Breathing Underwater – Spiritual Snorkeling”
Rev. Arthur MacKay

Due to technical difficulties, the beginning of Fr. MacKay’s lecture was not recorded. The text of the unrecorded section appears below, followed by the audio of the remainder of the lecture. (To download a complete copy of the text, please click HERE.)

INTRODUCTION – Over 5,000 years ago, there were divers in Crete that used hollow straw reed snorkels to breathe underwater in order to look for valuable sponges. The divers would use the reeds to allow less splashing and a better view in the deep looking for something valuable. The ancients believed water to be life giving and life taking. The divers defied the death of going into the water for something more valuable. Continue reading

3/6/2017: Lenten Lectures 2017
“Reconciliation: Confession (sacred) and Civil Society (secular)”
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir

Reconciliation: Confession (sacred) and Civil Society (secular)

In 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, St. Paul tells us, “All this is from God who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”  The ministry of reconciliation is central to the ministry of the Church as a whole. This Lenten Lecture will explore two distinct – indeed, quite different on the surface – expressions of the ministry of reconciliation today. The first, reconciliation within the Church, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and what this could mean during Lent. The second, reconciliation within the wider civil society, at a time when our social fabric as a nation seems tested and threatened.

3/2/2015: Lenten Lecture 2015
“Faith Working Through Love”
Rev. John Connelly

“Faith Working Through Love Galatians 5.6 – Revisiting The Joy of the Gospel

4/7/2014: Lenten Lectures 2014
Week 5 – “The Christian of Tomorrow”
Rev. John Connelly and Rev. Bryan Hehir

The fifth and final in our series of five Lenten Lectures on Pope Francis’ Exhortation: “The Joy of the Gospel”.

3/31/2014: Lenten Lectures 2014
Week 4 – “The Work of the Kingdom of God in the World”
Rev. Bryan Hehir

The fourth in our series of five Lenten Lectures on Pope Francis’ Exhortation: “The Joy of the Gospel”.

3/24/2014: Lenten Lectures 2014
Week 3 – “Faith and Culture and the Primacy of Grace”
Rev. John Connelly

The third in our series of five Lenten Lectures on Pope Francis’ Exhortation: “The Joy of the Gospel”.

3/17/2014: Lenten Lectures 2014
Week 2 – “The Legacy of Gaudium et Spes: The Church in the World”
Rev. Bryan Hehir

The second in our series of five Lenten Lectures on Pope Francis’ Exhortation: “The Joy of the Gospel”.

03/10/2014: Lenten Lectures 2014
Week 1 – “The Dream of Pope Francis – An Ecclesial Renewal That Can Not Be Deferred”
Rev. John Connelly

The first in our series of five Lenten Lectures on Pope Francis’ Exhortation: “The Joy of the Gospel”.