St. Augustine’s Guide to Catholic Spiritual Survival during Societal Collapse!

St. Augustine: Sanctity during Societal Collapse!

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St. Augustine was the most important theologian of the first thousand years (after  St. Paul). Like Paul, before he became a great saint, he was a great “sinner” who had nothing but contempt for Christianity. We learn all this from his work, The Confessions, in which Augustine not only vividly relates the tale of his conversion, but imaginatively creates the genre of autobiography.

Born in 354 of a Christian mother, Monica, and a pagan father, Patricius, Augustine was raised in Roman North Africa, in what is today Tunisia. In the restlessness of his youth he both fathered a child out of marriage (likely with a slave) and left his mother’s Catholicism for the cult of Manichaeism. Teaching that all matter was evil, these quasi-Christians were considered “heretics” [see Chapter 16] by the Catholic bishops because they rejected the Church’s teachings on the redeeming features of the human body: denying both the bodily Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, as well as rejecting marriage and childbearing in favor of artificial methods of contraception (pharmakeia). Such a religion was suited to Augustine’s temperament; he infamously prayed to God to one day grant him the gift of chastity, just “not right now.” But after finding Manichaeism intellectually unsatisfactory, the precocious Augustine soon counted himself a Platonist, a follower of the ancient Greek philosopher as interpreted by Augustine’s near-contemporary, Plotinus (205-270). Neo-Platonists, after all, like their Gnostic-Manichaean counterparts, also emphasized the soul over the body.

Augustine became a successful teacher of rhetoric, the art of persuasive speech practiced by lawyers and politicians. He must have been persuasive indeed, for he soon attached himself to the imperial court in Milan (leaving his mother and the mother of his child without a clue as to his actual whereabouts!)…

The Story continues–in class!

Advent with Antipopes!

What is an Antipope? Can you name one?

(There are at least 33!)

Were they evil?

(Hint: Not all…one is a canonized saint.)

Was there a female “pope”?

Was there a Jewish “pope”?

(Hint: Not St. Peter)

What makes you a Pope or an Antipope? Can a heretic be a Pope? Can a Pope become a Pope Emeritus?

Join us each Sunday of Advent beginning Nov 28th at 6pm PST.

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(Nov 30th and after, $120)

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RAD TRADS OF THE LOST ARK

RAD TRADS OF THE LOST ARK

Dr. Jones? No, Dr. Mazza!

Ready for a Spiritual Adventure & to Battle with evil? To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Dr. Mazza will uncover the truth and beauty of the most mysterious relics and places in Christian history. Join us every Thursday at 6pm PDT starting June 24th, (or watch the videos on your own time) for an epic twelve week journey including:

The Ark of the Covenant (June 24th), The Holy Grail, The Holy Lance, The True Cross, The Holy Shroud of Turin, Eucharistic Miracles, Miracles and Cures of Lourdes, Tilma of Juan Diego (Our Lady of Guadalupe), Blood of San Gennaro, Stigmata of St. Padre Pio, Miracle of the Sun (Our Lady of Fatima)

Enrollment price: $275