of the
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Pope Francis






























v  The Rorate Coeli A Song about Receiving God's Blessing

v  Pope Francis on The Church as a People Who Bless

v  Re-Reading the Sources of Our Renewal






   Vatican II


Faith Beyond






v  The Year of Faith

v  The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council

v  Re-Reading the Sources of Our Renewal

v  An Ecumenical Council Without Anathemas

v  Spirituality and Mystical Theology - Theosis

v  To contemplate the Other in the Light of Christ





THE first Ecumenical Council in the History of Christianity to renounce the use of Anathemas represents a positive way of doing theology.  Instead of defining faith as “what you are not”, the “other” is perceived  - contemplated - in the light of Christ and salvation history.

THE initial response to error and ignorance is not exclusion or condemnation, but rather contemplation and catechesis.






Almighty God,to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden;

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

That we may truly see into our hearts

And offer to you all we find there.

Help us truly to believe in your mercy and your power to heal and renew

That we may repent and discover again the power

to perfectly love you,

and worthily proclaim your name,

We ask this through Our Lord Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. One God, Forever and ever.





Matthew 11:28-30  28


Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."













v  Gift from our Heritage for the Church and World Today

v  Restores Balance of Private and Liturgical Prayer

v  Teaches us to Pray the Book of the Heart

v  Re-establishes a Rhythm of Silence and Speech – of Self-Offering and Attentive Listening




















1. Sacrosanctum Concilium, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 1963.

9. Gravissimum Educationis, Declaration On Christian Education, 1965.

2. Inter Mirifica, Decree On the Means of Social Communication, 1963.

10. Nostra Aetate, Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, 1965.

3. Lumen Gentium, Dogmatic Constitution On the Church, 1964. (10-11, 22 Royal Priesthood) (Mary)

11. Dei Verbum, Dogmatic Constitution On Divine Revelation, 1965. (sel on lectio)

4. Orientalium Ecclesiarum, Decree On the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite,1964.

12. Apostolicam Actuositatem, Decree On the Apostolate of the Laity, 1965.

5. Unitatis Redintegratio, Decree on Ecumenism, 1964.

13. Dignitatis Humanae, Declaration On Religious Freedom, 1965. (sel on

6. Christus Dominus, Decree Concerning the Pastoral Office of Bishops In the Church, 1965.

14. Ad Gentes, Decree On the Mission Activity of the Church, 1965.

7. Perfectae Caritatis, Decree On Renewal of Religious Life, 1965.

15. Presbyterorum Ordinis, Decree On the Ministry and Life of Priests, 1965.

8. Optatam Totius, Decree On Priestly Training, 1965.

16. Gaudium et Spes, Pastoral Constitution On the Church In the Modern World,1965.


Pope John XXIII on Council


Pope Paul VI on Council


No Anathemas - what is an anathema?

Definition Curse / Excommunication / Separation / What you believe and profess does not belong to the Body of Christ


MOST vivd example: Church on Judaism and non-Christian Religion - learn from see what God has done in other


Spiritual Model is Not Excommunication but Transfiguration  Pope Francis and Rabbi of Rome (Audience to rep.s different religions, March 20, 2013)-

[but what do we mean by "spirituality"?


Only used four times in Conciliar documents

Older Catholic Understanding of Ascetical(Moral)/Mystical Theology

Definition from Kallistos Ware

Theosis as definitive of spiritual theology

SACR CONCILIUM (liturgy) "fashion us as a sacred gift"


Transforming power of the Word of God - DEI VERBUM on LECTIO DIVINA

    Spiritual meaning - coopting as any form of group Bible study including silence and prayer Pope Francis on Scripture-Speech to Biblical Commission, April 12)

Royal priesthood of laity in LUMEN GENTIUM

    culminates in Leo's "transformation into what we consume"

    Pope Francis on Catechism Audience - April 3 / Theosis in Catechism /

the encounter with the Risen Lord transforms ...Let us be enlightened by the Resurrection of Christ, let us be transformed by His power, so that through us the signs of death give way to signs of life in the world!







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I,3,I,1. on The Creed: Was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.   Question: “why did the Word become flesh[457: to save us; 458: so that we might know God’s love; 459: to be our model of holiness]

460   The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature”: (2 Pet 1:4) “For this is why the Word became man, [1265, 1391] and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.” (St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 3, 19, 1: PG 7/1.939) “For the Son of God became man so that we might BECOME GOD(St. Athanasius, De inc., 54, 3: PG 25, 192B) [1988] “The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might MAKE MEN GODS(St. Thomas Aquinas, Opusc. 57: 1-4).

 III,2,1: Grace and Justification: [on justification]:

1988   Through the power of the Holy Spirit we take part in Christ's Passion by dying to sin, and in his Resurrection by being born to a new life; we are members of his Body which is the Church, [654] branches grafted onto the vine which is himself:(Cf. 1 Cor 12; Jn 15:1-4)

[God] gave himself to us through his Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine [460] nature [...] For this reason, THOSE IN WHOM THE SPIRIT DWELLS ARE DIVINIZED.(St. Athanasius, Ep. Serap. 1, 24: PG 26.585 & 588)

1999   The grace of Christ is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it. It is the SANCTIFYING or DEIFYING grace received in Baptism. [1966]  It is in us the source of the work of sanctification: (Cf. Jn 4:14; 7:38-39) Therefore if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself.(2 Cor 5:17-18).





Apse, St. Katharine's Monastery, Sinai.  ca. 550.



Novgorod Transfiguration Icon
15 th Cent.



Chora Anastasis





Coronation of the Virgin,  Belles Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry.


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