SPIR 502 Christian Spirituality (3)
This course presents the primary principles and practices of wholesome and integrated spirituality, outlines the contributions of acknowledged authorities in the Christian spiritual life through the centuries, and introduces students to the fundamentals of spiritual direction. Required for the S.T.B., M.Div., and M.A. (theology) degree programs.
SPIR 907 Spiritual Direction (2)
The course is aimed at assisting the future priest to obtain an understanding of the purpose of spiritual direction, its structure and elements of techniques (based upon the Theological and Moral virtues) for use in his future parish ministry. Cross-listed as PATH 907.
SPIR 908 Themes in Spirituality (2)
This course can be taken for credit more than once as long as the topic studied varies. Recent offerings have included:
St. Therese of Lisieux (fall 2011)
An examination into the life and times of Therese of Lisieux, called by Pope Pius XI "the greatest Saint of modern times." In addition, the course will concentrate on the major contributions of Therese to the Spiritual Life, including her "Little Way" of sanctification, as well as her view of this life and Eternity, her conception of faith, prayer, and suffering. Therese as a "saint for the pessimist" will be studied, along with her writings on the Priesthood, the Holy Eucharist, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Final topics discussed will be the path leading to the declaration of her Doctorate by Pope John Paul II in 1997, and the significant bibliography of Theresian literature to have appeared in the twentieth century.