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2008 FORMATION OUTLINE

Blessed Margaret of Castello, OP, Chapter

Boise, Idaho

Mike Turner, OPL, Formation Director

 

 

Formation Curriculum – 2008

 

Meeting 1:  OVERVIEW OF VIRTUES.

1. Intro to Chesterton's biography of St. Thomas [Mike Turner, OPL; 20 min].

2. St. Thomas: Overview of the Virtues.  [John Keenan, OPL; 1 hour] {handout}

3.  Prelude to the Virtues. [Mike Turner, OPL; 40 minutes].

4.  Kreeft "Back to Virtue", [Optional Monthly Talk By Members].

            Source materials:  Today handout on Virtues; My Way of Life, O’Farrell;     Encyclical [See below]; biblical references; and other sources as we proceed.

 

Meeting 2:  PRUDENCE [CARDINAL NO.1] 

My Way of Life, O’Farrell [hereinafter My Way of Life], Part IIb, Chapter IV, Qqs. 47-56.

1. Chesterton's biography, session 2

2. St. Thomas: Cardinal virtue: Prudence

3. historical/biblical context of cardinal virtues

4. Kreeft "Back to Virtue", session 2

 

Meeting 3: JUSTICE [CARDINAL NO. 2]

My Way of Life, Part IIb, Chapter V, Qqs. 57-79.

1. Chesterton's biography, session 3.

2. St. Thomas:  Cardinal virtue: Justice.

3. Seven virtues and the seven deadly sins.

4. Kreeft, "Back to Virtue", session 3,

5. Colloquy: Justice and "social justice"

 

Meeting 4:  COURAGE/FORTITUDE [CARDINAL NO.3]

My Way of Life, Part IIb, Chapter VIII Qqs. 123-140.

1. Chesterton's biography, session 4.

2. St. Thomas:  Cardinal virtue: Courage/Fortitude.

3. Historical/biblical context.

4. Kreeft, "Back to Virtue".

5. Colloquy: Age of Martyrs vs. fortitude in the fuzzy, blurry world of secular humanism [modern persecution].

 

Meeting 5: TEMPERANCE/MODERATION [CARDINAL NO. 4]

My Way of Life, Part IIb, Chapter IX, Qqs. 141-170.

1. Chesterton's biography, last session.

2. St. Thomas: Cardinal virtue: Moderation/Temperance.

3. Historical/biblical context.

4. Colloquy:

 

Meeting 6: FAITH [THEOLOGICAL NO. 1]

My Way of Life, Part IIb, Chapter I, Qqs. 1-16.

1. St. Thomas: Theological virtue: Faith

2. John Paul II:  Fides et Ratio.

3. Colloquy:

 

Meeting 7: HOPE [THEOLOGICAL NO. 2]

My Way of Life, Part IIb, Chapter II, Qqs. 17-22.

1. St. Thomas: Theological virtue: Hope.

2. Benedict XVI:  Spe Salvi.

3. Colloquy:

 

Meeting 8: CHARITY/LOVE [THEOLOGICAL NO. 3]

My Way of Life, Part IIb, Chapter III, Qqs. 23-46.

1.  Life of Pius XII, Part I [Anita Moore, OPL, 20 min.].

1. St. Thomas: Theological virtue: Love

2. Benedict XVI:  Deus Caritas Est.

3. Colloquy:

 

Meeting 9:  [GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT and INTRO TO WORKS OF MERCY].

1. Life of Pius XII, part II [Anita Moore, OPL, 20 min.].

2. St. Thomas:  Almsgiving and the Works of Mercy.

3. Historical/biblical context.

4. Colloquy:

 

Meeting 10:

1. Life of Pius XII, part III [Anita Moore, OPL, 20 min.].

2. Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, continued.

3. Pius XII:  Mystici Corporis.

4.  Colloquy:

 

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