You will treasure this truly special course.
Enjoy 36 erudite, lively lectures spanning the entire history of Christian spirituality taught by one of Catholicism’s leading spirituality lecturers.
Journey through the biblical, patristic, medieval, and modern periods of our Christian spiritual tradition. You will meet great spiritual writers and mystics and explore their lives, faith, and works.
Through exploring major themes and trends in history, you will discover anew the richness and beauty of the Christian spiritual tradition. Until now, accessing our vast spiritual legacy was nearly impossible. Now you are invited to explore the fullness of this legacy with one of America’s great spirituality professors as your personal guide.
Our tradition is rich indeed. By exploring the vision and practices of our tradition, you will grow in your own journey. These insightful lectures will bring your mind, heart, and life to new places.
This course is a beginning that can lead you through a lifetime of learning and reflection. You will be introduced to inspirational mystics and saints whom you will want to get to know better. You can do this by reading their works, many of which are presented in the free study guide and detailed bibliography, which accompany these lectures.
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About Your Presenter
Fr. Anthony Ciorra is a leading expert on Christian spirituality. He has graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology, a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University, and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Fr. Ciorra is the author of Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad 1995) and has produced several Now You Know Media programs, including The History of Christian Spirituality, The Spirituality of the Twelve Steps for Everyone, and Thomas Merton: A Spiritual Guide for the Twenty-First Century. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Pope John Paul II gave him the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1999. He was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award in 2000 for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of RENEW Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism.
Fr. Ciorra’s experience has included parish life, teaching, administration, retreat work, preaching, and formation ministries. He is currently Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University. Previously he was dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University, director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth, and director of the Center for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York. Fr. Ciorra gives workshops and retreats throughout the world and is active in creating programs for interreligious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
- Introduction to the History of Spirituality
- Methods, Issues, Suggestions and Definitions
- An Overview and Sweep of Christian Spirituality from the First Century through the Twentieth Century
- Our Jewish Roots
- The Vision and the Message of Jesus Christ
- An Introduction to the Patristic Period
- The First Christian Generations
- The Giants of the Second and Third Centuries: Irenaeus, Clement and Origen
- The Writings of Clement of Alexandria and Origen
- The Monastic Movement
- The Desert
- The Fourth Century: The Cappadocian Fathers: St. Basil, St. Gregory Nazianzen and St. Gregory of Nyssa
- Some Concluding Reflections and Comments on the Spiritual Movements from the Monastic Traditions of the Early Centuries
- The Golden Age: St. Ambrose, St. Jerome and St. Augustine
- St. Augustine
- Our Hearts Are Restless Until They Rest in You, Oh God
- Endings and Beginnings
- The Middle Ages
- The High Middle Ages: 1100-1300
- The Schoolmen of the Twelfth Century
- The Thirteenth Century: The Century of the Friars
- The Canticle of Brother Sun
- St. Bonaventure and St. Dominic
- The Late Middle Ages: 1300-1500
- The Rhineland Mystics
- Delving Deeply into the Rhineland Mystics
- Meister Eckhart
- The English Mystics
- Julian of Norwich
- The Cloud of Unknowing
- The Fifteenth Century and the Devotio Moderna
- Introduction to the Modern Period and to St. Ignatius of Loyola
- St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross
- Developments in Modern Spirituality as a Gateway into the 21st Century
- The 21st Century: Where do We Go from Here?