Course of Studies
Each of the four courses in this program is based on a Catholic understanding of the human person.
The Person: History & Tradition
The Catholic Heritage of History, Tradition, and Doctrine; the Catholic Influence on Culture
This course explores a central Christian paradox: while human beings live in time, we are made for eternity with Christ.
The Catholic Church has ancient historical and spiritual roots, beginning with Judaism, whose tradition of wisdom, prayer, doctrine, and worship has profoundly shaped our own. In the Incarnation, the whole of human history was changed irrevocably. The Fathers of the Church guide us through the beginnings of understanding this mystery. The Medievals and the Moderns each contribute to and further this understanding, according to the needs and circumstances of their times. What unfolds is a unity and truth both profound and compelling.
What is a Person? An Introduction to Catholic Anthropology
An Introduction to Philosophical & Theological Anthropology and Catholic Social Teaching
This course explores the most basic of questions: what is a human person?
Among the most distinctive and essential of the Church's doctrines are those concerning the dignity and vocation of the human person. Made for life with God and with one another, for communion and friendship, we bring the Gospel to bear on every aspect of human life: marriage, family, society, government, and the economy. By doing so, we humanize the whole of culture, allowing our lives and our work to reflect transcendent realities such as love, goodness, and beauty.
The Person: Action and Influence
Available Fall 2020
The Catholic Moral Tradition: Freedom, Conscience, Virtue, Sin, and Grace
We all want to know: how should we live?
Human freedom is perhaps the greatest gift of God to the human person, but its full and proper use is also the greatest challenge. St. Paul urges us to follow along "the more excellent way." The Catholic moral tradition traces the various aspects of grace and free will: What is the nature and purpose of conscience? How do we cooperate with grace to leave sin behind? How does the life of virtue grow and develop? How are happiness and joy already given to us as gifts along the way?
The Person: Mystery and Transcendence
Available Fall 2021
The Liturgy & the Sacraments, the Catholic Contemplative Tradition, Sacred Art and Architecture
"You have shown Yourself to me--Christ--face to face. I meet You in the Sacraments" (St. Ambrose). The very presence and work of Christ Himself remain on earth through the sacramental economy, while the riches of the Church's liturgies assist us in entering into these divine mysteries. Course IV also turns to the saints and Doctors of the Church, including those who tell us of growth in the life of prayer--the passage through the purgative, illuminative, and unitive ways. Still more, the transcendent mystery of the Church has been expressed throughout the centuries in the art and architecture inspired by the majesty of God.